She’d always had an idea that the University of Pennsylvania might be one of the schools she’d want to attend, but Katy Junior didn’t really realize that it would be a possibility until this summer.
Junior, a Radnor 2015 defender, knew her recruitment was about to take off right after the Raiders fell, 8-7, in overtime to Harriton in the state title game. She earned valuable minutes for Radnor this year, carving out a niche for herself among the county’s best defense, and with her sister, Abby, signing with William & Mary, it was only a matter of time before recruiters came calling.
Among those was Penn.
“It was always one of the schools that I thought of,” Junior said, “but I didn’t really think of it much until this summer when the coaches first reached out after the school season ended.”
Relatively speaking, then, Junior’s recruitment ended nearly as quickly as it started when she decided to choose the Quakers over Stanford, Dartmouth and Penn State.
Penn’s academic reputation needs no introduction as it stands among the country’s elite and that was something that wasn’t lost on Junior.
“I really like the school in general,” she said, “and academically, it’s obviously really appealing. The coaches are great, too, and they made me feel at home. I also think that Penn being close to home was really nice.”
Junior doesn’t know specifically what she will major in yet, which isn’t surprising, considering she has two years of high school left. But there’s no denying that she has an eye cast on the Quakers’ most prestigious school, the Wharton School of Business.
“I’d really like to get into the business school if I can,” Junior added.
Some players’ recruitments tend to go through their high school coaches, while others will have their club coaches take the lead. While Junior’s Phantastix coaches played a key role in it and her development, she admitted that it was Raiders coach Brooke Fritz who really helped her land with the Quakers.
“She helped me out a ton,” Junior said of Fritz. “Everyone helped me out a lot, but it was nice to work directly with her. She only has to get a couple girls committed and the Phantastix coaches had so many more to worry about, so Brooke was awesome.”
Junior had an inkling that Penn was the place for her as soon as she showed up on campus. An early June visit materialized good vibes for her from the Quakers’ camp and although she checked out Dartmouth, Stanford and Penn State, she couldn’t turn down Penn.
“Being on campus at Penn, I just thought, ‘this is where I want to go,'” Junior said.
Radnor is and always will be one of the top teams in the Central League and by association, the state. The Raiders’ loss to the Rams in the state final may very well have been a preview of the 2014 state title game, too, but Junior is obviously hoping that Radnor can change the result.
“I think we can make it back,” Junior said. “We have a lot of depth that other teams don’t have. We have a lot of strong returning players and the loss motivates us so much. It makes me want to get there so much more and of course, everyone wants to beat us because we have such a strong program. It’s going to be fun.”
Junior is the fourth public Delco 2015 verbal and the second from Radnor, joining Hannah Proctor (Notre Dame). The full list of Delco commitments can be found here.
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