Fall Signing Week '12: National Girls Roundup
by Dallas Oliver, 13 November 2012
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Signing Week is underway, and tomorrow, senior tennis players will begin signing their National Letters of Intent with Division I and Division II schools. We have been tracking verbal commitments for several months (boys, girls), and throughout the remainder of the week, we will be featuring live commitment announcements from a number of highly-recruited boys and girls.
Today, we hear from seniors around the nation in a pair of National Roundup articles. We recently talked with a number of senior girls who plan to sign NLIs during the Fall signing period, which officially begins tomorrow. We asked them about their college choices - and how they reached their decisions.
We'll catch up with the boys a bit later, but here are the senior girls we talked with:
Take a look at what they had to say...
Scout Shutter (Kailua, Hawaii) to Cal State Northridge
According to the Babolat Recruiting Lists, the No. 1 recruit from the state of Hawaii is three-star senior Scout Shutter. Shutter, a natural athlete, discovered tennis in fifth grade and began focusing on it exclusively in the seventh grade. She has competed in both junior and open tournaments to compensate for the somewhat isolated environment inherent to the Aloha State. Shutter has always dreamed of playing Division I college tennis, and she will get that chance next year when she competes for the Cal State Northridge Matadors.
Congratulations on your commitment to Northridge. How did you come about making your decision?
The primary factors in my decision were location, school, coach, and program. I wanted to be on the West Coast, as close to home as possible. My first choice was always California because the weather is nice, and because I have been to California every year since I was 14, so it feels almost like home. California was also my first choice because my uncle lives in Santa Monica, and we have another family friend who lives in Santa Monica, too.
In the future, I want to be a neo-natologist, so I wanted to go to a school with a good pre-med program and strong academics. I wanted to play for a coach who is positive and willing to work with me and develop me and help me reach my potential. And finally, I wanted to play for a good program in a good conference.
Did you take an official or unofficial visit to Northridge? What most impressed you?
I took an unofficial visit to Cal State Northridge over the summer while I was in California for Summer Nationals. While on my visit, I checked out the courts, the locker rooms, the training room and weight room, and I also met with the academic advisor.
I was most impressed by the facilities on my visit. The campus was beautiful and it reminded me of my high school at home. I also liked that the campus is on the smaller side and yet there are still a lot of students who attend the school. I was also really impressed with the number of tennis courts they have and how nice the courts are.
I assume that you got to meet the coaches on your visit. What are your impressions of them?
What I really like about [Head Coach Gary Victor] is that he is really positive and excited about developing his players and developing his program. Also, even though I just met him at the coaches' forum in San Diego, we immediately got along really well and I knew I would fit in well at Cal State Northridge from the start.
When I met Coach James Ciuffo on my unofficial visit, I liked that he was really nice and excited about having me. I could also tell that Coach Gary and Coach James got along really well and worked well together.
Do you have goals or expectations for your freshman year?
My goal for my freshman year is to make the top six on the team. Also, I want to improve both my singles and doubles game. My game style now is more of a steady baseliner, and I hope to become more aggressive and transition into an all court player when I get to college. I am also looking forward to playing lots of doubles and improving my net game.
Finally, I want to get stronger and faster in my freshman year - because I know those two things will definitely make a difference on the court.