This week was a big one for the Class of 2022 as many players began hearing from colleges starting at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020--the first day of the Contact Period.
In an article we published that day titled Recruiting News: Here's Why Many Players & College Coaches are Tired this Sept. 1 Morning!, we quoted Tennessee Grad Assistant Amanda Fazio, a record-setting pitcher at Bucknell University, who tweeted the following:
We got a nice letter from a 2022 standout who has a unique perspective as one being recruited and appreciated Coach Fazio's post; she asked that if we used her letter (which had her name and a teammate's mentioned) to keep her anonymous saying:
"I know it might not happen but I don't want to get 'hate' texts from anyone if they don't like what I'm saying. I hope you understand. Thank you again!"
Here's what she had to say...
Hi Mr. Eads.
Thank you for posting all of the fun that the best players had on Sept 1st!
I was very excited for them and their accomplishments!! I was actually contacted by five D1 coaches and received an email at 12:08 (am) too so I understand how exciting it is to get an email from them and finally getting to talk to a coach.
To add to the excitement, my teammate even committed to (a Power 5 conference school)!
Honestly though, I really want to thank you most for posting what Amanda Fazio wrote at the end of the Sept 1st post.
It was good for me to read because it gave me an important perspective to remember to be humble and aware of the others that did not get those types of emails.
Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to receive the coach emails, I am just realizing the importance of staying very positive for those teammates and other players now.
I'm just going to stay positive, very humble, and keep working hard because nothing is in writing yet!
Thank you for having me as part of the All-Summer team and for posting everything we need to know about softball!
Wishing you all the best,
Class of 2022 Player