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.

Hall selects D3 contender Transylvania

April 30, 2022

By Jon Feyen

There are many adults who like to say how they could’ve played in college, but just didn’t get the opportunity. Keaton Hall will never be one of those people. After being contacted by more than 90 schools from 30 states and receiving double-digit offers, Hall recently committed to play for Transylvania University in Kentucky.

“It was a dream come true, especially with all that has happened in the last couple of years with the pandemic,” Hall said. “I started playing basketball very late in life and did not decide to play at the next level until my sophomore year. I knew I was already behind because many players were already being recruited during freshman year. I worked as hard as I could to make an impact.”

Transylvania won 27 consecutive games last season in advancing to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight. … READ MORE

Keaton Hall Commits

Theimer achieves soccer dream at Utica

February 27, 2022

By Jon Feyen

College soccer isn’t just filled with the most talented players. To reach that high competition, you must have a strong work ethic, passion and intelligence. Defender Nick Theimer owns all of those qualities, and that’s why he’ll soon be playing for Utica University in New York.

“I have always wanted to play soccer at a level where everyone was as passionate and dedicated to the sport as I am,” Theimer said. “I am confident that’s exactly what I will find by joining this great squad.”

Theimer is the example of a true student-athlete with his 4.0 GPA. The Arizona native also scored a 29 on the ACT. Multiple programs were interested in Theimer, and he ended up receiving four offers. … READ MORE

Nick Theimer Commits

Ott to suit up for Taylor University Trojans

February 10, 2022

By Jon Feyen

Kacey Ott has always been a winner. She’s helped Slinger High School win multiple basketball conference titles while also earning a regional high jump championship. Ott will join another winning tradition when she continues her basketball career at Taylor University, an NAIA school in Indiana.

During the last three seasons, Taylor University has totaled a 79-16 record, including a 48-2 mark at home.

“Taylor is also a very high academic liberal arts college,” Ott said. “It’s ranked No. 1 in the Midwest and in the top 10 percent of the nation’s colleges. The campus is a good size, but yet has smaller class sizes. They offer tons of activities and have very cool school traditions.” … READ MORE

Kacey Ott

Daly to play for Hartwick College Hawks

January 21, 2022

By Jon Feyen

Jake Daly knows that about 7% of high school soccer players advance to play in college. But when you possess the skills and drive that Daly does, he became one of those select few. Recently, the 2022 ScoutU prospect committed to Hartwick College, an NCAA Division III school in New York.

“I am extremely excited to have this wonderful opportunity to play collegiate soccer at Hartwick, have the chance to win our conference and compete for a national championship,” Daly said. “Not many individuals out of high school even have the opportunity to play in college, so to receive this opportunity is truly life-changing.”

Daly helped Baldwinsville High School (N.Y.) compile a 12-4-2 record last fall. … READ MORE

Jake Daly Commits

Hughes ‘grateful’ to find D2 North Greenville

November 15, 2021

By Jon Feyen

Camp invites are very common during the recruiting process. They give college coaches the opportunity to evaluate prospects without leaving their campus. For recruits, camps are a chance to display their skills, explore the school and potentially receive a scholarship offer. Pitcher Amber Hughes said the softball camp at North Greenville University was the difference in her committing to the NCAA Division II program.

“I first visited NGU to attend a prospect camp, and I arrived early enough to look around,” Hughes said. “I immediately felt comfortable. The campus is absolutely beautiful! I was so impressed how nice all of the athletic facilities were. I really loved how Coach Hall and Coach Madden were so encouraging and motivating. During our campus tour, we got to know Coach Hall better on a personal level, and after learning how things would be like, I knew this was somewhere I’d love to be.” … READ MORE

Amber Hughes

Robran commits to University of Jamestown

November 2, 2021

By Jon Feyen

As a three-sport athlete, Aliyah Robran knows how to multi-task. She’s been named All-State in track while also excelling on the soccer pitch. Now, the 2022 ScoutU forward can add college basketball player to her resume after committing to the University of Jamestown, an NAIA school in North Dakota.

“I believe college coaches were attracted to Aliyah, because they could see she is a dedicated, hard-working and tenacious basketball player who gets results on the court and off,” ScoutU’s Linda Blackwell Bentley said. “With a 4.0 GPA and being a three-sport varsity athlete, coaches seek players with these unique skills. Aliyah medaled on the track team at state in the hurdles and the relay, which is a first in the history of her high school!”

During her junior season at Rockford High School in Minnesota, Robran averaged 10 points per game while leading the team in rebounds, assists and steals. … READ MORE

Aliyah Robran Commits

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

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

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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