Why Morgan Mesaros Chose James Madison University
Morgan Mesaros committed to James Madison University when she was in the 8th grade. Her commitment came before the latest NCAA recruiting rules were instated, which prevent Division I softball programs from committing players before their junior year of high school.
Mesaros, however, is very happy she committed to the Dukes all those years ago. Now a sophomore at JMU, the Pennsylvania native has 30 appearances and 25 starts under her belt from her freshman campaign with the Dukes last spring.
Read below for SA's full conversation with Mesaros about her recruiting experience, decision to commit to JMU and softball journey to date.
Softball America: What was your recruiting process like?
Morgan Mesaros: I committed to JMU in 8th grade, which was definitely on the earlier side because it was before the rule change, so I was going on visits in 7th grade. I went to see many different schools, which allowed me to see what I liked and did not like. It was a great experience because I got to meet with some of the best coaches in college softball and they all took the time to make me comfortable and get to know me. I emailed my travel ball schedule to schools I was interested in, so they could come see me play. Coach Dean and Coach LaPorte saw me play in Colorado and my travel ball coach told me they liked what they saw. I went to a few camps and fell in love with the school.
SA: Why did you choose JMU?
MM: I really fell in love with everything about JMU. I was watching JMU softball play for years before I visited. I love the coaches and team culture. It is a beautiful campus with great facilities and a high-level program.
SA: Who were the most important people in your softball journey?
MM: My parents were the most important people in my softball journey. They put in countless hours with me practicing, traveling and watching my games. They push me to be the best I can be, and I would not be where I am without them.
SA: How did the travel ball experience impact your recruiting process?
MM: I played for PA Chaos the majority of my travel ball career. I played for Joe Spina on the 18U gold team for five years, which is where I got the most exposure. Coach Joe helped me to be seen by many college coaches and he was a great mentor throughout my journey.
SA: What are some tips you have to help players who are currently getting recruited?
MM: I think it is important to email as many coaches as possible, and often, because you never know which email will be the one that gets you to your dream school. I also would say to find a travel ball team that pushes you and will travel to where college coaches you want to be seen by are. When you are playing, give 100% on absolutely everything you do. Also, having a “swag” about you will catch the attention of coaches.