Lathrop can’t wait to suit up for Blugolds
2022 ScoutU outfielder selects in-state D3 program from handful of offers
October 21, 2021
By Jon Feyen
A lot of recruits get caught up in the D1/D2/D3 labels. But each individual recruiting process is different, and ScoutU is proud of Paige Lathrop for committing to the school that was best for her. Recently the 2022 outfielder decided to play for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an NCAA Division III program.
“Paige is an excellent slapper with great speed, and she also has a very good arm from the outfield,” ScoutU’s Jason Lauren said. “She had Division II interest, but decided to go to a high-level D3 school that’s a better fit for her, and for that, I’m proud that she didn’t get hung up only on what division the school was. Paige visited several schools to help her learn what she felt most comfortable with. I’m so happy she found a great fit at UW-Eau Claire, and she has a bright future there!”
Lathrop is coming off a junior season in which she batted .508 with 37 runs, 15 steals and 6 extra-base hits for South Milwaukee High School. Those numbers earned her 1st-Team All-Conference recognition.
“I’m beyond excited to be playing softball at Eau Claire,” Lathrop said. “Before ScoutU, I wasn’t sure if I was able to play college softball, but after receiving lots of interest from coaches, I feel so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given! I had five Division III coaches tell me they wanted me to play for their team, along with plenty more that were very interested. Additionally, I had a JUCO offer and a preferred walk-on spot for me at a Division II school.”
With her 4.0 GPA and 28 ACT score, Lathrop also focused on finding a school where she could continue to thrive in the classroom.
“UW-Eau Claire stood out to me for many reasons,” Lathrop said. “The beautiful campus made Eau Claire feel like home as soon as I arrived. It was by far the nicest campus I visited. They also have great academics with lots of options for my studies and an amazing softball program!”
Lathrop’s 2.88 speed to first base and her 64 mph outfield arm make her a valuable weapon at the collegiate level. She had many schools competing for her abilities, but that was only after ScoutU made them aware of her.
“I would never have thought that I could have so many coaches reach out to me before Jason Lauren and ScoutU,” Lathrop said. “ScoutU opened so many doors for me, and I couldn’t have found UW-Eau Claire without it! I didn’t know where I would fit in, but after seeing multiple schools thanks to Jason, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve received throughout my recruiting process!”
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“Before ScoutU, I wasn’t sure if I was able to play college softball, but after receiving lots of interest from coaches, I feel so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given!”