commitment stories

These are the recruiting stories of ScoutU athletes. ScoutU oftentimes writes stories on its athletes after they commit to a college. All have unique stories on how ScoutU helped them with their recruiting and the recruiting journey they took.

Lathrop can’t wait to suit up for Blugolds

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 H.S. Those numbers earned her 1st-Team All-Conference recognition. … READ MORE

Paige Lathrop

Stigler to play for Division III softball legend

October 13, 2021

By Jon Feyen

In order to become the best, it helps to learn from the best. 2022 ScoutU prospect Abbie Stigler will have that opportunity when she plays for Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Saint Mary’s is coached by NFCA Hall of Famer John Tschida, who owns three NCAA Division III championships and more than 1,000 victories. Tschida recently guided the University of St. Thomas to 17 straight playoff berths and national titles in 2004 and 2005.

“Saint Mary’s immediately felt like home when I stepped on campus,” Stigler said. “I knew I wanted to spend my next 4 years there. I also connected with the coaches really quickly, which made me super excited to play and learn from them.” … READ MORE

Abbie Stigler

Koch finds perfect fit at UW-River Falls

September 26, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Maddie Koch always had the dream of playing college softball, but there was a time she thought it may not happen. Thanks to ScoutU’s help and her continued performance on the diamond, the 2022 outfielder committed to play for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

“To be honest, before meeting with Jason Lauren, I felt a little lost in the recruiting process,” Koch said. “I was talking with a few coaches, but wasn’t sure I’d be able to make my dreams of playing in college a reality.”

Koch definitely has the ability to play at the next level, batting .423 and slugging .808 during her junior season for Hortonville H.S. She also has power potential with a 70 mph exit velocity. … READ MORE

Maddie Koch

Meshnick chooses D1 Illinois State University

September 3, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Even with a fastball that touches 69 mph, a 14-2 record and All-State recognition, Hannah Meshnick couldn’t handle the recruiting process by herself. The 2022 pitcher teamed up with ScoutU, which led to four NCAA Division I offers before Meshnick recently committed to Illinois State University.

Meshnick, who posted a 0.84 ERA with 157 strikeouts for Hortonville High School last season, joins a Redbirds program that won the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference with a 31-10 record.

“As soon as I left campus after my visit, I knew I wanted to go there,” Meshnick said. “The coaching staff is very experienced and was super welcoming.” … READ MORE

Hannah Meshnick

Lagodzinski joins defending national champion

July 21, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Danika Lagodzinski has always been complimented for her versatility on the softball diamond. She can handle the middle infield, third base or even catcher. Those skills will be essential in the coming years, as Lagodzinski joins an already strong program. Recently the 2022 ScoutU prospect committed to Florida National University, which won last spring’s Small College World Series.

Florida National, a member of the NAIA, is adding a homegrown talent in Lagodzinski (Fort Myers, Fla.). She was impressed by the school’s athletics as well as its academic philosophy.

“Florida National stood out, because the school is truly all about helping out the students and getting one-on-ones with the students if they need it, which is what I’ve always been looking for,” she said. … READ MORE

Danika Lagodzinski

Johnson finds home at UW-Parkside

July 2, 2021

By Jon Feyen

If we’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that you need to be prepared for the unexpected. 2022 ScoutU softball prospect Mia Johnson dealt with plenty of adversity during her junior year – including suffering an ACL injury – but because of her dedication and persistence, she’s now committed to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Johnson (South Milwaukee, WI), who also was recruited by numerous colleges for basketball, received a handful of offers to play at the next level. She had about 50 personal phone calls and emails to narrow down which school was the best one for her.

“I visited about 10 campuses, and I didn’t realize many of these schools existed before being contacted through ScoutU,” Johnson said. … READ MORE

Mia Johnson

Roanhouse proud to earn D2 football opportunity

June 8, 2021

By Jon Feyen

It’s not often that a high school coach puts his player in the same sentence as a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But when Waterford H.S. Coach Adam Bakken compared Gavin Roanhouse to J.J. Watt, it expressed just how rare of a talent he is.

Roanhouse, a 2021 ScoutU prospect, recently committed to play for Southwest Minnesota State University. The NCAA Division II program will give Roanhouse a stage to display his skills as a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end.

“I have never had a player with that size and athleticism on any of my teams before,” Bakken said. “I really believe he could become a J.J. Watt-type of player.” … READ MORE

Gavin Roanhouse

Miller finds ‘whole package’ at Aurora University

February 22, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Casey Miller was contacted by 30 college coaches during the recruiting process. She had phone calls or Zoom meetings with about 15 of them. And now during her senior year, Miller has committed to Aurora University, an NCAA Division III program in Illinois.

I am more excited than I can even express!” Miller said. “I have more to learn from coaches, teammates to play with, and games to win! This is an incredible opportunity.”

A libero and defensive specialist from Hartford Union H.S. (Wis.), Miller averages 9.2 digs per match. She received all-conference honors as a junior, while also helping her club team (Wisconsin Premier) to third place at nationals during 2019. … READ MORE

Casey Miller

Flattum to join Division III contender

February 11, 2021

By Jon Feyen

There’s not a lot of flashy parts to Zack Flattum’s game. He’s a good defender and gets on base 49% of the time. Flattum continued to improve during his career at Park High School in Minnesota. And that’s why he’ll fit right in with the Saint John’s University baseball program.

Recently, Flattum committed to one of the top NCAA Division III schools in his home state. He was attracted by the team’s success over the past two decades.

“What really stood out about St. John’s was the coaching staff and the culture they had built up,” Flattum said. “They built a winning program and they are committed to getting better every single day.” … READ MORE

Zack Flattum

Wells called to D1 Delaware State University

February 6, 2021

By Jon Feyen

ScoutU always advises our prospects to evaluate the full college experience when choosing a school. Athletes should consider academics, geography, size and campus life in addition to athletics. For 2022 prospect Rachel Wells, the top priority was her faith.

Wells (Melissa, Texas) recently committed to play softball for Delaware State University. She found that the NCAA Division I school had everything she was looking for.

“First and foremost, it was a blessing from God the almighty to be able to play softball at the next level,” Wells said. “God and family come first at Delaware State University. That was a major aspect in my search, and coach Jeff Franquet made me feel right at home.” … READ MORE

Rachel Wells

Denniston commits to ‘beautiful’ D3 school

January 30, 2021

By Jon Feyen

If you’re going to spend 4 to 5 important years of your life somewhere, you might as well enjoy the view. Adam Denniston admitted that its scenic campus was a major reason why he committed to play baseball for St. Norbert College.

“A couple things that stood out about St. Norbert College were the layout of the campus and how beautiful it was,” Denniston said. “As I was on the tour, talking with Coach Wallerich and a player, they were able to provide information and show me the amazing campus. I loved the connection with coach Wallerich and the player; it relayed to me that it’s truly a family there, and all of this made me want to become a part of the family at St. Norbert.”

Denniston (Ottumwa, Iowa) will remain in the Midwest, as SNC is about 400 miles away in De Pere, Wis. The Green Knights have posted a winning record every year the past decade, including NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2017. … READ MORE

Adam Denniston

Houston sets her mind on Carolina

January 23, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Jessica Houston has achieved her dream of committing to a college softball program, but that doesn’t mean she’s satisfied. The 2021 RHP/IF is determined to keep getting better when she plays for Carolina University, an NCCAA school in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Houston, who will graduate from Central Christian H.S. in Georgia, enrolled with ScoutU during November. Within 1 month, she found the perfect college fit.

“Not only did Carolina have the major I wanted (elementary education), but they also have a minor in American sign language, which is near and dear to my heart,” Houston said. “So academically it was a great choice. The coaches really sealed the deal. … READ MORE

Jessica Houston

Lee finds home at Reinhardt University

January 13, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Speed has always been the highlight of Eryn Lee’s game – with her ability to reach first base in less than 2.7 seconds. But when it came to choosing her college, the 2022 ScoutU prospect wanted to make sure she took her time. Recently, the middle infielder announced her commitment to Reinhardt University, an NAIA school in Georgia.

“I’m extremely excited!” Lee said. “I know that very few high school players make it to the collegiate level. I feel very blessed to be able to play in college.”

During the past few years, Lee has compiled impressive numbers playing for the Georgia Impact. She batted .411 during the 2018 season before posting an .898 OPS last year. … READ MORE

Eryn Lee Commits

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