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Saturday, May 9, 2009
Updated: May 19, 11:31 AM ET
The Future of High School: Fowler


Canyon del Oro (Oro Valley, Ariz.) senior right-handed pitcher Kenzie Fowler is the nation's No. 1 softball recruit in the ESPNU player rankings. The nearly unhittable ace has signed with Arizona.

ESPN RISE: What would be the dream scenario for your future? Fowler: Going to U of A and winning a national championship. I don't see anything that's higher for me. I don't want to look too far into the future.

ESPN RISE: Realistically, where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? Fowler: I would like to be working for ESPN. I love sports and I think I want to be around sports for the rest of my life. I really like video and photography.

ESPN RISE: If for some reason your sport doesn't pan out, what do you want to do with your future?

Fowler: There's the national pro fastpitch league. I think that would be cool being fresh off college ball and getting to travel and that would be a lot of fun. If that doesn't work out, I would like to be around sports the rest of my life somehow.

ESPN RISE: Put yourself in charge of the high school sports world. What do you think needs to change the most?

Fowler: I don't think I would change anything. It seems to work. In Arizona, I know they keep changing power points and divisions and that would be confusing, but I don't think that happens in every state. But I don't think I would change anything. I loved my experience in high school.

ESPN RISE: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing high school sports?

Fowler: I think it's living a balanced life. Keeping it simple, balancing your social life, sport and obviously school. It can be tough, but if you really want to make sure you have that balance in your life, it's achievable.

ESPN RISE: How do you think high school sports will be different for the next generation of stars?

Fowler: I don't know if it would be any different and I hope it won't be any different. Everyone goes through the same experiences, regardless of sport.

ESPN RISE: In what ways do you think these tough economic times will impact the future of high school sports?

Fowler: The only way I could see it affecting high school sports is traveling. Say we want to go to a California tournament, we might not be able to go there because of the economy. It would be a bummer because traveling in general with your teammates can be fun. Traveling to a new environment and facing new competition is what sports are all about.

ESPN RISE: What is one change you'd like to see made to recruiting?

Fowler: That's tough. I don't think I would change anything. It went very smoothly with my recruiting process and I got to go to the school I dreamed of going to. My recruiting process was a lot of fun.

ESPN RISE: How will technology impact high school sports and recruiting?

Fowler: I don't see how that would affect anything having coaches on Facebook. I guess if a coach or recruiter did start using the Internet (to recruit), it would be an advantage because there are a lot of kids on Facebook and Twitter. I don't know if that's the way you want to do it. I don't think it would be that official of a recruiting process.

ESPN RISE: What's going to become the biggest trend in high school sports during the next decade?

Fowler: I haven't seen much change from my freshman to my senior year, so I don't know why it would change that much in the future. Sports are sports, and I think it's always going to be like that. It's just what you make out of your experience.

ESPN RISE: Is there any lesson you learned during high school that will help you in your future?

Fowler: High school taught me to enjoy everything you have. Work hard and enjoy what you do. That can go in anything, sports or no sports.