RugbyRecruit Success Story: From Thailand to the USA

Maek Kongsawad @maekkongsawad fell in love with rugby as a school boy playing for the Bangkok Southerner Men's RFC.  Maek joined RugbyRecruit in the fall of 2017 as a Premier Recruit with dreams of playing collegiate rugby somewhere in America.  RugbyRecruit staff connected Maek with a number of Premier Recruiters, and Maek eventually got to know the staff at Lindenwood University-Belleville @BellevilleMensRugby.  Here are a couple of questions that we asked Maek last week about his journey to LU-Belleville:

RugbyRecruit:  Congrats on starting your freshman year at LU-Belleville!  Was RugbyRecruit useful in helping you find a good fit for you?

Maek: Yes, RugbyRecruit played a big part.  Coach Joe found my profile and sent me an email about recruitment.  Thank you!

RugbyRecruit:  How has your time at LU-Belleville been so far?

Maek: I'm having a great time at LU-B.  It's a great program and very competitive.

RugbyRecruit: That's why your're there, right?  The only way to get better is by playing against better competition.  Where would you say you are on the depth chart right now?

Maek: Right now I'm playing JV, but I'm competitive for playing time on the varsity.  The depth chart for loose forwards pretty deep.

RugbyRecruit: Was it difficult for you to get a student visa, or did the school help you out? 

Maek: Getting the visa was pretty easy.  Once the school gave me the I20 all I had to do was hand it over to the embassy during the interview and my visa was approved. 

RugbyRecruit:  Good luck on the rest of your season and college career Maek!  Looking forward to watching your development.