Starting today, high school seniors who have committed to play basketball (a particular school can start sending in their signed national letters of intent to their school of choice. It’s kind of a big deal!
Now, here at Anonymous Eagle, we don’t really recommend that any athlete do this. The NLI system is heavily tilted in favor of the school, and essentially traps the athlete into a commitment. There’s nothing that requires students to do this, so there’s really no reason to do it.
However, there is an upside! Once recruits are signed, then the coaching staffs at the various institutions can finally talk about them publicly, and explain why they feel they’re a good fit for their program. That’s always fun.
The two major signings for Marquette Golden Eagles this November are both in basketball, one for the men, and one for the women. Joey Hauser, a top 40 player in his class and the younger brother of current Golden Eagle Sam Hauser, has already verbally committed to head coach Steve Wojciechowski, while women’s head coach Carolyn Kieger has a verbal pledge from local standout and Marquette legacy Chloe Marotta. While she doesn’t have the notoriety that the younger Hauser does, Marotta is regarded as one of the two best recruits in Wisconsin by ESPN.
Both Hauser and Marotta are currently recovering from injuries suffered over the summer, although one is worse than the other. Hauser broke a bone in his foot in August, but is expected to play the entire season with his Stevens Point Area High School team as they attempt to win their fourth straight state title. Marotta, on the other hand, will not be playing for Homestead High School this season. The daughter of the late Marc Marotta, former Marquette men’s basketball standout, and sister of current Marquette men’s hoops player Cam Marotta tore her ACL in July and is not expected to be able to return to the court for her senior season.
It’s not just a basketball signing period, by the way! All of Marquette’s other sports except for soccer can accept NLI’s for the next week, so keep your eyes and ears open around these parts for updates from all corners of the MU athletic department.