When Kenston’s Jaime Kosiorek first tapped into her college search, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference schools were on her mind.
The 6-foot outside hitter is an all-Ohioan and Chagrin Valley Conference most valuable player for the Lady Bombers, who finished their 2012 campaign with a Division I trip to the final four, not to mention a top-50 national ranking by Prep Volleyball entering this season.
Naturally, players like Kosiorek look forward to having solid college careers. “I was actually looking pretty hard at Maryland, which is a really good school, but Maryland was kind of playing games with me,” Kosiorek said. “Like, I couldn’t get a direct response or feel with what was going on with them.”
In the meantime, Ohio University showed a heavy interest with Kosiorek as the Bobcats’ No. 1 prospect for the class of 2014.
“They were recruiting me real hard through the entire process, and I don’t know why, but I was hesitant,” she said. “So my mom was like, ‘Why don’t you just go there to visit, and, if you decide that you don’t like it, then you don’t like it.’ And so when I went on my visit, I actually fell in love with everything. The coaches are like the nicest people I ever met.”
After her visit to Athens, the Bobcats made Kosiorek an offer and gave her three weeks to make her decision.
The fact that OU really, really wanted me, that’s an opportunity not every recruit has,” she said. “So I think me going to OU is kind of a blessing in disguise, because the coach at Maryland (Tim Horsmon) has had like a bunch of transfers; the assistant coach quit. So, as every single day goes by, I feel more and more excited to go to OU. I can’t wait. There’s no other school in the United States that I would rather to go to now.”
Before committing to Ohio University, Kosiorek had visits lined up for the universities of Oregon and Norte Dame but canceled those trips.