Some of Chris Brees' 2013 recruiting class may be flying under the radar now.
But not for long.
Having another overlooked talent join his roster, the Marshalltown Community College volleyball coach knows it's only a matter of time before opposing coaches see what they missed out on.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
Ankeny senior Samantha Hinrichs, seated right, prepares to sign her letter of intent to play volleyball at Marshalltown Community College. The future Tiger is joined by parents Jeff and Launa Hinrichs, left, along with MCC head coach Chris Brees, right.
Ankeny senior Samantha Hinrichs is the latest addition in Brees' recruiting haul after signing her letter of intent with the Tigers Tuesday.
Playing behind senior twins Katie and Jenny Roberts, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the CIML Eastern Division in assists, Hinrichs didn't garner a lot of interest from coaches, though Brees believes much of that was from a lack of playing time that didn't allow Hinrichs to unlock her true potential.
"If you looked at her performance in high school, you might be like, 'Who is Sam Hinrichs?' said Brees, whose seen the 5-foot-9 setter's talents playing for the 18 and under squad with the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance.
"I've seen her playing on an elite club team and everything she's doing there. Sam has great hands, great height and athletic ability. She's going to blossom into a great player for us."
Hinrichs joins fellow IPVA teammate Meghann Cole of West Des Moines Valley, another player that Brees believes was underutilized on her prep team.
While both players may not have the gaudy statistics that attract attention of college coaches, they have shown the potential to excel at the next level.
"Sometimes those big name kids don't help your program. They've tapped out and plateaued," said Brees, who coaches the 16 and under IPVA team.
"With kids like Sam and Meghann, their potential has not been tapped at all. They have the passion and they want to play, they just haven't been given the full opportunity."
And with the experience of playing in a similar system under the direction of former MCC coach Joe Morton of the IPVA, the incoming duo should adapt that much quicker.
"We have the exact same numbering system for our offense and the same type of defensive schemes," Brees said. "They're going to be that much farther ahead of just a regular freshman."
Brees expects Hinrichs to step in right away as a setter, though she could also contribute as a right hitter.
"Sam is very diverse and explosive in hitting as well," Brees said.
Whatever position she's at, Hinrichs is excited to play a larger role at the collegiate level.
"I'm looking forward to bringing some leadership," the senior Hawk said. "Being a setter you have to be more of a leader and try to bring the team together. It will be nice to have a more important role on the team and show some of my skills and leadership."
After MCC, Hinrichs plans to continue her career at a four-year school - following in the footsteps of her mother, Launa, and older sister, Abby. Launa played at Simpson College, while Abby is an outside hitter at Buena Vista University.
For now though, Brees is happy to have another overlooked talent on his squad for 2013 before other programs take notice.
"It made me nervous for a long time - getting Sam signed on," Brees said. "She's very explosive and when other people see that, there's always the opportunity for another school to step in."