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Signing Day brings recruiting process to an end

November 8, 2017

In front of friends, family, teammates and coaches, four seniors signed National Letters of Intent in the library Wednesday morning, bringing the recruiting process to an end. Wingspan sat down with Katelyn Burtch, Carrie Fish, Kate Blasingame, and Madeline Hogan to talk about their decisions and what helped them pick their college.

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Katelyn Burtch

With her brother Josh by her side, and parents Chris and Christa standing behind her, senior Katelyn Burtch celebrates her signing with Harding University to continue her basketball career.

With her brother Josh by her side, and parents Chris and Christa standing behind her, senior Katelyn Burtch celebrates her signing with Harding University to continue her basketball career.

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With her brother Josh by her side, and parents Chris and Christa standing behind her, senior Katelyn Burtch celebrates her signing with Harding University to continue her basketball career.

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With her brother Josh by her side, and parents Chris and Christa standing behind her, senior Katelyn Burtch celebrates her signing with Harding University to continue her basketball career.

Katelyn Burtch

Wingspan: What school did you commit to?

Burtch: “I committed to Harding University.”

Wingspan: Why did you choose that school?

Burtch: “Really that’s just where I felt like that was where the lord was calling me so I based a lot of my decisions off of Christ and where he’s leading me and that’s where he led me.”

Wingspan: What aspects of that college specifically appealed to you?

Burtch: “Definitely the basketball team there. They’re really good and I wanted to be apart of that community. I wanted to be a part of a school that they have the potential to be really good. The community of the school they’re all really close and there’s always a big crowd at the games so that’s exciting. Just the fact that it had what I want to do.”

Wingspan: What are you expecting from being a college athlete next year?

Burtch: “I expect it to be definitely harder that being a high school athlete. From my club to my high school team, I expect it to be much harder but I expect it to be very rewarding too.”

Wingspan: How long did it take you to make a decision?

Burtch: “So I would say this school specifically they offered me in July so a little over two months.”

Wingspan: What other options were you contemplating?

Burtch: “My top two were a school in Arkansas John Brown and Harding.”

Wingspan: How do you plan on utilizing the rest of the year to prepare for college?

Burtch: “Now that signing is over, it’s a weight off my shoulders and so I can really just focus on getting better personally, upping my game, getting stronger, and getting to be a better shooter and things like that.”

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Kate Blasingame

Madeline Hogan, Kate Blasingame, Carrie Fish, and Katelyn Burtch take a selfie at their Signing Day ceremony in the library on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Madeline Hogan, Kate Blasingame, Carrie Fish, and Katelyn Burtch take a selfie at their Signing Day ceremony in the library on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Kate Blasingame

Madeline Hogan, Kate Blasingame, Carrie Fish, and Katelyn Burtch take a selfie at their Signing Day ceremony in the library on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Kate Blasingame

Kate Blasingame

Madeline Hogan, Kate Blasingame, Carrie Fish, and Katelyn Burtch take a selfie at their Signing Day ceremony in the library on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Kate Blasingame

Wingspan: What school did you commit to?

Blasingame: “I committed to play at University of Louisiana Monroe.”

Wingspan: Why did you choose that school?

Blasingame: “I chose that school because that’s where I feel like god was calling me to go that I would be able to serve the community there and just be a light for christ there and just used my talents to glorify him.”

Wingspan: What aspects of that college specifically appealed to you?

Blasingame: “Other than the fact that it was God who was telling me that I should go there, I absolutely love the coach. He’s such an amazing person, he really knows what he’s doing. I just really felt like that who I wanted to coach me for four years.”

Wingspan: What are you expecting from being a college athlete next year?

Blasingame: “I think it’s going to be really difficult that you have to maintain your grades and allow for your traveling to different states to play but I think it is just going to be something I’ve always dreamed of.”

Wingspan: How long did it take you to make a decision?

Blasingame: “A long time. It was a process of over four years to find the right college that I wanted to go to.”

Wingspan: What other schools were you contemplating?

Blasingame: “I had visited multiple schools up in Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, just all over the country.”

Wingspan: How do you plan on utilizing the rest of the year to prepare for college?

Blasingame: “Well club volleyball is just starting this November so I’ll get a good opportunity to play with some of my teammates that don’t go to this school. So that will just help me prepare because I’m also going to play against them in college.”

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Madeline Hogan

After signing with Ouachita Baptist University to continue her volleyball career, senior Madeline Hogan takes a family picture with her sister Meren, mom Delight, and dad Brian.

After signing with Ouachita Baptist University to continue her volleyball career, senior Madeline Hogan takes a family picture with her sister Meren, mom Delight, and dad Brian.

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After signing with Ouachita Baptist University to continue her volleyball career, senior Madeline Hogan takes a family picture with her sister Meren, mom Delight, and dad Brian.

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After signing with Ouachita Baptist University to continue her volleyball career, senior Madeline Hogan takes a family picture with her sister Meren, mom Delight, and dad Brian.

Madeline Hogan

Wingspan: What school did you commit to?

Hogan: “Ouachita Baptist University.”

Wingspan: Why did you choose that school?

Hogan: “I love the coach and I love the community and the school. It just seemed like the perfect fit for me.”

Wingspan: What aspects of that college specifically appealed to you?

Hogan: “It seems like a family there. Everybody knows everybody. It’s just a very close community.”

Wingspan: What are you expecting from being a college athlete next year?

Hogan: “I expect it to be difficult, harder than I’m used to but I’m ready for it.”

Wingspan: How long did it take you to make a decision?

Hogan: “Maybe more than four months.”

Wingspan: What other choices did you have?

Hogan: “Nicholls State University, East Carolina University, University of Arkansas at Monticello, that’s just a few.”

Wingspan: How do you plan on utilizing the rest of the year to prepare for college?

Hogan: “Well I’m still playing club volleyball so that’ll keep me in shape and keep me ready to play college.”

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Carrie Fish

Surrounded by her brother John, mom Pam, dad Jack, and sister Kristen, senior Carrie Fish committed to Texas A&M on Wednesday as she will continue her cross country and track career in College Station starting in 2018.

Surrounded by her brother John, mom Pam, dad Jack, and sister Kristen, senior Carrie Fish committed to Texas A&M on Wednesday as she will continue her cross country and track career in College Station starting in 2018.

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Surrounded by her brother John, mom Pam, dad Jack, and sister Kristen, senior Carrie Fish committed to Texas A&M on Wednesday as she will continue her cross country and track career in College Station starting in 2018.

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Surrounded by her brother John, mom Pam, dad Jack, and sister Kristen, senior Carrie Fish committed to Texas A&M on Wednesday as she will continue her cross country and track career in College Station starting in 2018.

Carrie Fish

Wingspan: What school did you commit to?

Fish: “Texas A&M University.”

Wingspan: Why did you choose that school?

Fish: “Mainly the athletes and the people and the atmosphere. You can tell that everyone feels like college station is their home and I love that feeling. That is just what I’ve been looking for.”

Wingspan: What aspects of that college specifically appealed to you?

Fish: “Probably like the atmosphere really appeared to me just because everybody was so dedicated to the school and that’s something that I want to be. I love all the traditions and stuff that they have there. I love that.”

Wingspan: What are you expecting from being a college athlete next year?

Fish: “I’m expecting it’s going to be really hard because balancing school and athletics is going to be really hard but I know it’s possible because everybody else has done it.”

Wingspan: How long did it take you to make a decision?

Fish: “Probably a few weeks. Honestly whenever I went to A&M, I kind of knew that that’s where I wanted to go after the visit but I didn’t really make it official until a few weeks later.”

Wingspan: What other schools were you contemplating?

Fish: “OU and Texas Tech was what I was thinking.”

Wingspan: How do you plan on utilizing the rest of the year to prepare for college?

Fish: “Mainly just never stop training. Just keep running hard and stay focused because I really want to be in shape once I get to college.”

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