(Editor's Note: The latest in Tom Kovic's ongoing series of articles on the recruiting process... just as in-gym visits begin).
Whenever I lecture on college athletics recruiting, a primary area I focus on is using “deliberate” communication with college coaches in an effort to build sincere personal relationships. Although eligibility, financial aid and contacts and evaluations are all very important, I am convinced the area of communication is very important to the likelihood of success in the college search for athletes.
Ashley Stevenson has committed to Michigan State, according to her club, SCEGA. Stevenson is a L10 who finished tied for 32nd AA in the Senior A division at the 2010 L10 Nationals. As a L9 in 2009, she placed 12th AA and tied for 2nd on VT and FX at the Region I L9 Regionals.
Link: SCEGA Booster WebSite
Amber Wobma, a L10 at Geddart's Twistars, has committed to Arizona, according to her club. Wobma finished 19th AA and tied for 8th on BB at the 2010 L10 Nationals, Senior A division.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
PSU has announced the hiring of Jeff and Rachelle Thompson to coach its women's gymnastics team.
Jessica Morreale, a L10 who trains at Energym, has reportedly committed to Iowa for 2011-2012. As a Senior A, she finished 20th AA and 4th(t) on UB at the L10 Nationals in 2010. In 2009, at the Region V L10 Regionals, she placed 12th AA, 2nd(t) on UB and 4th(t) on VT.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
Minnesota has confirmed the transfer Justine Cherwink. Her commit was covered in a previous news item. Cherwink will be a freshman in eligibility, as she spent the first year at TWU but trained with her club team.
Link: Minnesota Release
Boosters of Cal Men's Gymnastics have formed "Cal Gymnastics Forever Foundation" and will be meeting with the Chancellor on the 14th to present a business plan. They need your letters of support, and your donations. Thus far, they have raised pledges for over 25% of the operating budget and 200 letters of support. Click on the link to fill out an automatic letter generating tool.
Link: More Information
The Men's qualifier to the VISA (US) Championships were held this weekend, and 23 seniors and 9 junior advanced. A number of past, current and future collegians were in action. Jesse Silverstein won the senior division, while Daniel Potemski was the top junior.
Link: USA Gymnastics
Whitnee Johnson, L10 from Show Me Gymnastics in Missouri, has verballed to Kent State. She qualified to JOs from a 8th place finish at her state meet and a 6th place finish (1st V) at regionals. She finished 48th AA at JOs.