By Joseph Hayes
Being recruited is a unique experience for everyone.
For Kaia Scheffler, as that experience began, she was happy to have several outstanding choices quickly coming together.
One stood out, however, among the rest.
And on Nov. 26 at Marysville High School, Scheffler will announce her decision to sign an athletic scholarship to attend Michigan State University after previously visiting the school.
A couple of weeks ago, Scheffler was thrust into the recruiting process when she took an official visit with the Spartans.
The weekend trip to Lansing was a big first step in her overall recruitment after winning the 100 hurdles in the Division 2 state finals last season and placing third in the 300 hurdles.
“On the first day I got there I went to a football game,” Scheffler recalled. “We left the game a little early because it was raining and it was cold. We went to the field house to have dinner and met with other members of the team.
“We had a tour of the campus and had a chance to walk around and got a chance to go to a practice. I got to watch them do a skills test and we also went to a volleyball game. While you are on a visit, you see the dorms and the athletic centers and meet with an advisor.”
Scheffler said near the end of August, her indoor track and field coach set up a meeting between her and Michigan State and everything began to come into fruition.
“It’s really exciting,” Scheffler said. “A few years ago, I didn’t feel I would be on this path to becoming a college athlete. It makes me want to work hard to continue pursuing my goal. I definitely have a lot more motivation.”
Scheffler said choosing a school came down to several factors.
“I want to make sure the campus feels like home and so goes the team,” she said. “It’s a family more than just a team and I want to make sure we get along well.
“Going through this really made me realize how far my hard work and training can take me. A couple of years ago, I didn’t think it would happen for me. This puts me in a different mindset and shows me what I’m capable of.”
Joseph Hayes is the new Managing Editor at Blue Water Healthy Living. Hayes was previously at the Port Huron Times Herald and hosted a show on Power 88.3. He has additional experience at The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Jackson Citizen Patriot and WDFN 1130. Contact Hayes at email@example.com