Maddie Commits to Penn!

Date Posted: 7/15/2018

Q: Congratulations on your decision to play at Penn! Can you tell us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?
A. Thank you! My recruiting process started the spring of my sophomore year. I started getting really serious about playing in college around AAUs and into my Junior year. It’s important to attend the camps of schools you’re interested in over the summer because it gives coaches a better look at you as a player and as an individual. It also helped me decide what I wanted in a school, program, and coach. Fall of Junior year my main focus was academics; prepping for the ACT and getting the best grades possible. It is also important that you focus on high school practices, using the reps to prep you for club season. Once club started in the winter, I met with Cassie Rose. Together we generated a list of schools I was interested in as well as schools she thought would be a good fit for me. As club progressed I made sure to keep in contact with a wide range of schools; don’t limit any possibilities. I scheduled phone calls to schools, like Penn, that I was really interested in before major tournaments encouraging them to stop by our court. I narrowed down my list and continued to express my interest. This spring I started making visits to those schools who had reciprocated their interest in me. During my visit with Penn, I feel in love with the campus, program, coach and players; there was this spark that I didn’t feel at other schools. I returned home, spoke with my parents, and I decided that it was the place for me.

Q: How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?
A. Cassie Rose was a huge influence and mentor for me, always reminding me to reach out, helping draft emails for every scenario, and formulating questions to ask on phone calls/visits. Another way she helped me was by contacting coaches directly to see if they needed my position for that specific class. This step helped narrow down my list of schools and maximized my energy; I wasn’t reaching out to schools that I knew were no longer looking for a pin hitter in my class. Cassie did a great job of keeping the process positive, she truly believed I would find the right fit and was my biggest cheerleader.

Q. Is there any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to pursue playing volleyball in college?
A. The process requires a lot of work on your own but it definitely helped me as a player because I earned a greater appreciation for the sport. For example, I would encourage younger athletes to make their own highlight videos because it forces you to go through the games. You get to see what worked well and analyze what went wrong. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that, while it may be intimidating, choosing a school is a big step in your future. Ultimately, you are the one deciding your future. The level of work you put in now will show. Finally, be yourself. Coaches want to talk and meet genuine people who they can connect and laugh with. Everything will work out for the best so don’t stress too much.