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Dai picks Penn State Berks

Congratulations Gavin Dai on his recent commitment to continuing his education and soccer journey at Penn State Berks. We wish Gavin the best of luck as he works towards growing on and off the pitch in the coming years.

Team Age: U18/19B

Team Name: B03/04 Pre-USL Gray

Number of years played at FC Copa Academy: 2

Name of High School Attended: Northern Valley Demarest

Grad Year: 2022

Name (s) of FC Copa Academy Coaches: Coach Smillie, Coach Barboto

Name of College/University you will be attending: Penn State Berks

Name of athletic conference your College/University competes in: United East Conference

Anticipated major / field of study: Undecided

How did your FC Copa coaches help you become the player you are today?

The FC Copa coaches helped me have a great mindset to win games and work hard as an academy player. They taught me how to become a harder worker on and off the field because not everything is on the field.

Share your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy and how Copa assisted you and your family.

FC Copa helped me a lot with my recruitment process by taking the team and me to big tournaments like Jefferson Cup or the Disney Showcase in Florida. This helped a lot by having tons of college coaches attending and watching me play.

Share any advice you would have for future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process.

The best advice I can give to a future FC Copa Academy athlete is to contact college coaches as a junior and to have a highlight tape ready to email. The tape is very crucial to have because the coaches can get a glimpse of what a player you can be before they watch you play. I also want to say be active and don't procrastinate during the college recruitment process because if you slack off another player can take that spot you wanted and the only reason you didn't get it was because you procrastinated and the other person didn't.

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