BOZEMAN — As long as Jordan Radick can remember, it’s always been her dream to put on a Montana State volleyball uniform. That dream became a reality on National Signing Day when she was able to put pen to paper and sign her letter of intent to play across town at her dream school.
“I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it. It felt like, 'Oh my gosh, this is finally happening,'" said Radick, a middle hitter for the Hawks. "(Montana State coach Daniel Jones) was like, 'I want to offer you a spot,' and I basically just said flat-out yes. Just yes all the way."
Jordan got the call of her dreams from Jones after her sophomore season with the Hawks.
"He said, 'OK, let's go get your parents on the phone,'" added Radick. "At this point, I'm just so excited. I just want to burst with joy and scream, but I’m on the phone with this coach, so I’m like, 'Reel it in.'"
Radick wasn’t the only one who remembers that call like it was yesterday.
"That was a fun phone call," said Jones. "I’ll never forget calling her and being like, 'Here’s where we're at: I want to invite you to be a part of the program and offer you an opportunity to be a Bobcat,' and she’s like, 'Yes.' I was like, 'What? Yes, you’re in?' 'Yes, we’re in.' It was like a mini-celebration.”
It was definitely a celebration for Jones that Radick decided to stay home for college, considering MSU's rival was also trying to sign her.
“I was offered by the Griz, as well," said Radick. "They wanted me first, but I had known that I really wanted to go to MSU, so I was like, 'I’m going to wait off.'”
As much as Radick was waiting for MSU to offer her a scholarship, the Bobcats were waiting even longer after setting eyes on her at camps she attended while growing up.
“It’s always fun watching the evolution of these athletes as they come to camp," added Jones. "She had just kind of matured and grown into her body and she was just bouncing balls left, right and center. At that point, it was a no-brainer.”
Radick will be redshirting her freshman year and is already counting down the days until she can step on campus.
“I feel like it’s going to feel just so surreal, a dream-type situation," said Radick. "Like, I’ve been in this locker room before, but not like this. It’s going to be crazy.”
With years of hard work and determination, there’s a point when a dream becomes a reality and a reality becomes a dream.