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BYU adds all-state striker from Arizona

Two-time all-state performer Ashley Hatch has verbally commited to BYU. Dan DeGracie

Ashley Hatch, a Class of 2013 forward from Gilbert, Ariz., has verbally committed to BYU.

Hatch is a two-time All-State striker from Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.), helping the Hawks to the Arizona state semifinals as a starter her freshman year. She earned Arizona Offensive Player of the Year her sophomore season with 29 goals and 27 assists, setting an Arizona high school record with 85 points. This season, Hatch has scored 19 goals and serves as team captain, while also playing club soccer with Gilbert Arsenal.

Hatch is the first confirmed commit to BYU for the Class of 2013.

What other schools were you considering? Arizona State, Portland, Santa Clara, Wyoming, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Brown, California-Irvine.

What made BYU an attractive choice?: "After attending a number of soccer camps at BYU and staying on campus, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful mountains, and amazing soccer facilities. The coaching staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming. I also like the fact that BYU has a winning tradition and is now playing in the WCC, a very competitive conference. BYU not only has a wonderful soccer program, it is also an amazing school academically."

What surprised you the most (or what did you learn) about the recruiting process?: "I was surprised how early the recruiting process started. As early as my freshman year I had college coaches coming to my games and talking to my club and high school coaches. I also learned that you need to put yourself out there in front of the colleges you are interested in, by attending their soccer camps. I realized how important it is to keep the colleges updated on your progress and upcoming games/tournaments. Most of all, I learned that hard work and sacrifice pays off. As my dad would always tell me, 'It's the little things that make a big difference.'"