Calling recruits has become the main way that college coaches are "hitting the recruiting trail" this fall as the NCAA has extended its dead period throughout 2020. So, when the phone rings, it brings an extra level of excitement.
It was a moment that was surreal when Remington Strickland's phone rang. On the other end was Michigan.
HOUSTON - When Gaby Mansfield was 14-years-old, she knew then that she wanted to play collegiate volleyball.
The 2022 Libero's recruiting process got started a little late but in the end there were roughly six programs she was highly interested in. In the end, the Klein junior decided to stay close to home verbally committing to Genny Volpe's Rice Owls.
"Staying close to home means the world to me," Mansfield said. "My family is extremely close. I have a two-year-old brother that I'm very close to and plan to attend as many of his sporting and school events as possible."
I am extremely blessed and honored to announce that I have verbally committed to Rice University to further my academic and volleyball career!! @RiceVolleyball @KleinVolleyball @PrepDigTX @PrepVolleyball @HoustonSkyline @vypehouston @HoustonChronHS pic.twitter.com/Q81tDPKz0A
— Gaby Mansfield (@MansfieldGaby) September 8, 2020
When looking at Rice, the university is in the Top 10 academically. Mansfield wants to pursue a degree in Sports Management and one day become a Sports Agent.