The Class of 2023 is starting to make their verbal commit to the next level. This past weekend alone we had some big ones throughout the Midwest to note:
– Appleton North (WI) – FC Elite – Committed To Florida
– Willmar (MN) – Northern Lights – Committed To Minnesota
Ashley Mullen – Liberty (MO) – Dynasty – Committed to UCLA
Ava Sarafa – Mercy (MI) – Michigan Elite – Committed to Kentucky
– Tomahawk (WI) – Wisconsin Ice – Committed to DePaul
Why now? Plenty of these athletes started the recruiting process as 14 year olds. Then the rules changed, Covid happened, and once June 1, 2021 came around the flood gates opened. Schools were live, they were able to come back out to evaluate live. Two weeks later, schools were able to contact athletes in the Class of 2023, and now these athletes can take an official visit and see the teams on campus, a completely different scenario than what we saw last year at this time. With these high level prospects now “off the board”, who is next from the Class of 2023 who could be making their verbal?
– Lakeville North (MN) – MN Select
Blascziek has club teammates in (Oregon) and (Colorado) who have committed to big-time programs in the PAC 12. Blascziek has the size and physicality to play at a high level as a setter where she was a key cog in the MN Select 16-1 run to an USAV Open bid. She can play at the net, making a major impact, but can also set all the tempos. She will be on the radar of plenty of schools at the Division 1 level this upcoming season.
– Lakeville South (MN) – Northern Lights
Moes is a Division 1 athlete. She can jump, she’s versatile, she can erase a ball that’s out of system and fix a ball to make something positive happen. This is enough to put her on the radar of plenty of Division 1 coaches. However, will she be a Division 1 athlete for volleyball? Moes is also a top lacrosse player. Could we see a possible double with lacrosse and volleyball? Has this happened before? They do have opposite seasons. If anyone can do this, it’s .
– Urbandale (IA) – Iowa PowerPlex
Dykstra is super physical and athletic. She’s probably 6’1, touching ten feet and is a strong athlete. She’s the type who could probably step on any field or court and be one of the top athletes. With a high contact point and a heavy ball, she makes it tough for the other side to keep the ball in system. She has been a key point scorer for her high school and club teams and has a solid backcourt game as well.
– Iowa City Liberty (IA) – Six Pack
Hartman can take over a match, she’s proven so on a big stage when she was a key piece to the Iowa City Liberty run to the Class 5A (Iowa’s Largest Class) state runner-up finish. She’s a six rotation outside with plenty of speed and hops where she can pinpoint her spot to attack. She is also a lethal threat out of the backrow as well.
– Davenport Assumption (IA) – Iowa Select
Schubert is one of the top athletes in her class where she’s played in multiple state volleyball and state basketball tournaments and she is only entering her junior year. A six rotation right side who wan pass makes her skill set just a little bit different in a great way. She’s a lethal attacker with a big left-handed swing on the right side that is tough to defend. Combine that with her ability to stay on the court at all times and she becomes extremely key to any team.
– Whitefish Bay (WI) – Milwaukee Sting
A true quarterback. Behrendt runs the show and has great command of the court where she was key in Sting’s run to a final four finish in the National Division at USAV in Vegas. She can defend, knows when to attack to the open spot and can dish with all of the tempos to her teammates. Her game as evolved since coming into her 15s year and will be fun to see where her game goes at the next level!
– Kimberly (WI) – Milwaukee Sting
Dunaway is a 6’4 right side who provides a big block and takes up a lot of space with her hands at the net. Her offensive game has really progressed where she is incredibly efficient and can find an open spot with a heavy swing. Her upside is up there where each year she has continued to progress offensively to an already solid blocking game. As of late this high school season she has shown she can play any position in the front row and is expanding ways to score points.
Other Athletes To Know In The Class of 2023 (IA, MN, WI)
– MB – Burlington Notre Dame – Iowa Rockets
– MB/RS – Osage – CIA
– S/RS – Dike-New Hartford – Six Pack
– L – Western Dubuque – Six Pack
– OH – Denver – CIA
– MB – Minnetonka – MN Select
– MB – Southwest Christian – Northern Lights
– RS – Mahtomedi – Kokoro
– MB/RS – Maple Grove – Northern Lights
– OH – Kettle Moraine – Motion MVP
– L – Kaukauna – FC Elite
– OH – Sussex Hamilton – Milwaukee Sting
– OH – Oconomowoc – VC United
– OH – Appleton North – Milwaukee Sting