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Recruiting Dish: Class Of 2022 Standout Gaining Attention
Reprint from PrepVolleyball.com article published March 18, 2017 written by Chris Tobolski
There is no other way to say it.
That’s how I feel about this week’s Recruiting Dish.
It’s important to note we actively cover the age groups 15s-18s. If someone like a Melani Shaffmaster, who was an eighth-grader on Muciana 15 Lorax last year, is playing up then we can’t ignore her and act like she’s not on the roster. But it’s not like John Tawa or myself scours the 14s divisions looking for the next ‘talent.’
It’s not even like we are digging through the 15s divisions trying to discover the hidden gem. The college coaches usually find them and we then usually hear about them.
That’s precisely what happened a few weeks ago at the Triple Crown Sports Pre-Season NIT in Salt Lake City. Not one or two college coaches, but one after another after another after another kept mentioning the same player over and over. One they said I had to check out.
What’s the conflict?
It was a seventh-grader playing up in the 15s division. On one hand, it was 15 Open and I was there covering that age group. On the other hand, I was thinking am I really going to write a recruiting story leading off with a seventh-grader?
Somewhat regrettably, yes I am.
Her name is Millie Muir and she suits up for Encore 15 Navy. And yes, she’s hard to miss. She’s the 6-1 S/RS with already smooth body control and a seemingly good sense of the game.
It’s not that myself or anyone at PrepVolleyball.com is eager to heap any sort of expectations on someone as young as Muir. At the same time, the title of the article is Recruiting Dish and some of the latest chatter has definitely revolved around Muir. We’ll let Encore coach Jen Agresti get in the last word on Muir.
“Millie is going to be a tremendous volleyball player,” she said. “She is only in the seventh grade. There are great things to come from Millie. She spends a ton of time in the gym taking setting reps. She is tall and physical already for her age. I would predict for Millie at this rate based off of her physical height, coordination, WORK ETHIC and attitude that she will be a Top-10 player in the nation by her senior year.”