Kathryn Blumhardt, a junior midfielder from Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), has verbally committed to play women’s lacrosse for Oregon.
ESPNHS: What made Oregon such an attractive choice?
Kathryn Blumhardt: “The thing I loved most about Oregon was that it felt like home to me. Eugene is an exciting college town and the campus has a perfect college atmosphere. I easily pictured myself there in two years. The coaches were a huge draw to the program. They have been dedicated to the program since Oregon lacrosse became Division 1 in 2005. It is apparent that Jen Larsen, the head coach, sincerely cares about her players. It was so cool knowing that Jen Derby was a player on the inaugural D-I team and she must have loved it so much she decided to come back a coach. It is comforting to know that during my four years away from home I have compassionate coaches looking out for me.”
ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
KB: “I was most surprised about how quickly the process starts. The summer going into my junior year, when the last thing on my friends' minds was college, I toured at least 10 colleges. It was shocking at first. There was so much to think about and every single college was different. I had no idea how to figure out what was the best fit for me.”
ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during the process?
KB: “All the questions I asked about my academics were the most important. Questions like "how can I receive academic help?" and "how easy is it for me to receive academic help?" were vital because being a college athlete is tough and time consuming and I want to be successful in college.”
ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
KB: “There is a college for everyone. The process is completely different for each player. For some it all happens in a blink of an eye, but for others it takes longer. If you are meant to play Division I lacrosse, you will play Division I lacrosse. Don't let it stress you out and remember to keep an open mind.”
ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
KB: “It would be easier if college coaches were allowed to call you. By July 1, when coaches can finally call you, most of the recruiting process is complete. It is almost pointless to have the date so far in the year. “