Hunter Gray, a junior defender from Lenape (Medford, N.J.), has given a verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Denver.
ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Hunter Gray: “I was considering Rutgers and Lehigh, but I had gotten the chance to work with the assistant coach from Denver over the summer at the Delaware camp and really loved working with her. She was constantly giving me feedback on things to improve on and her overall style of coaching was what won me over.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
HG: “What most surprised me most was how fast everything happened. I would have never thought by the third week in November that I’d be committed.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
HG: “How does the team get along? For me doing an overnight and spending time with the girls and seeing how they interacted with each other, and the cohesiveness was the most important thing. When you play in college the amount of dedication is clearly significant and the team is who’s going to be by your side.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
HG: “If I could give any advice to other players going through this process I’d say make sure you visit every school and do an overnight with the team. You don’t know what you like until you see it in person and the girls are going to be the people you’re spending the majority of your time with for four years of your life. If you can’t see yourself fitting into the group of girls or on the campus then that school isn’t for you.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
HG: “Time! With school and playing field hockey on the varsity level it was hard to be able to get visits in and have time to talk to the coaches on a more serious level. My family, school and club coach were all there for me, and helped me get through the process which definitely helped made it less stressful, but to have time to process everything that was going on without feeling rushed would have been nice.”
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