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I see that AustinTXSooner is now a member of this board, and he/she is much more up-to-date with recruiting information than I am  On various sites, we see recruiting threads that come and go and get lost. It might be nice to have a current recruiting thread pinned to the top.

https://sites.google.com/site/jenkinsavenuebombers/home/page-2

I know nothing that is not on JenkinsAvenueBombers.  I think that SoonerFanatic has seen some of these prospects. 

2016



Melanie Olmos  P

Grand Terrace High School

Grand Terrace, CA


Mariah Lopez  P

Saugus High School

Saugus, CA


Alyissa Dawson  inf

Cy-Fair High School

Cypress, TX


Nicole Mendes OF/P

{Homeschool] 

Cypress, TX


Vanessa Taukeiaho OF

Etiwanda HS

Rancho Cucamonga, Ca


 




                                  2017

 

Alexa Schultz  OF

So Cal Athletics/Firecrackers


Lynnsie Elam  C

Chickasha [OK] High School


Eliyah Flores  3B

Grand Terrace, CA

Firecrackers


                           2018


Brooke Vestal  P

New Braunfels, TX


Grace Green  P

Oakdale, CA


Grace Lyons  SS

Glendale, AZ


Audrie LaValley  SS

Carl Albert High School

Midwest City, OK




                               2019


Rylie Boone  P/CF

Tulsa Elite


Olivia Raines  P/OF

Pryor Oklahoma



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Mariah Lopez
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OC Batbusters - Haning/Stith

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Perhaps the most controversial placement of this Hot 100 is moving Mariah down from the No. 1 spot which she rightfully received last year, but the reason is simple: injuries. The power pitcher got dinged in high school last spring which continued into the summer even though she was part of the OC Batbusters team that won the PGF 18U Nationals. Can she move up as high as the top spot when she’s healthy? Absolutely, but like anything in sports it will have to be earned. Still, when she’s on top of her game, Mariah is a franchise player who is tough and competitive with an unmatched desire to win. An intimidating presence on the mound, she has a great variety of pitches including a mid 60s fastball that is made even better by tough off-speed pitches and a screwball that can be unhittable. Before getting hurt, the So Cal hurler had limited opponents to a .193 batting average this spring; the previous year she was 15-2 with a 0.59 ERA and 170 K’s in 94 2/3 innings.

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Nicole Mendes
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Texas Diamond Hotshots
Oklahoma

Nicole is the definition of versatility as she can play any position and has the tools to dominate wherever she’s placed. A lefty pitcher who has excellent spins and a change-up she throws at different speeds, she has blossomed in confidence and leadership abilities over the past year and has a maturity on and off the field that’s unmatched (she served a church mission to England earlier this year for two weeks, for example). Unusual in that she’s home schooled and doesn’t play high school ball, Nicole has the work ethic to work doubly hard in the spring when most athletes are playing for their schools. At the plate, Nicole has gap power and impressive speed that can turn a normal single into a double or even triple. A 4-hole hitter, she can bunt, slap or hit a three-run homer. Expect the Sooners to find a spot for her early in her career and don’t be surprised if Nicole is a four-year starter with Big 12 and even All-American success.

#47 Alissa Dalton SS/3B
Diamond Hotshots Oklahoma

Alissa is a fierce competitor who wants to beat everybody and was invited to the Jr. National Team tryouts as one of the few underclass high school players but saw that opportunity derailed by a dislocated shoulder. She recovered to earn 1st Team All-District 17-6A honors in Texas as a dangerous lefty who hits for power and average. Alissa is a big-game player and shines brightest in the crucial moment. She can play both spots on the left side of the infield because she has excellent hands and arm strength.

#56 Vanessa Taukeiaho OF
Explosion Oklahoma

Vanessa has benefited from watching her sister, Cal State Fullerton All-American Missy Taukeiaho, play and she also has a smooth power swing with the ability to drive the ball deep to all fields. Vanessa hit .423 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI this year for her So Cal high school team. On defense she gets good jumps in the outfield and has a strong arm to keep base runners honest and thinking twice about taking the extra base. She and fellow senior Sooner commit Mariah Lopez helped her Team Mizuno-Campbell team win the PGF 14U title two years ago in Huntington Beach.

Melanie Olmos didn't make the top 100 but she is a pitcher and Gasso compares her to gascoigne.

For 2017 OU only has 3 players verballed so far. I believe they only have 1 player scheduled to graduats in Macy Hatfield so its a small class. They still have the ranked 8th class because 2 of the players are in the top 10.

8 Alexa Schultz
#8 - Alexa Schultz OF So Cal Athletics - Richardson Oklahoma
Alexa is another one of the players from the talent-laden So Cal Athletics - Quarles team that won ASA 14U Nationals and, in one prolific day at the San Diego tournament, had four home runs. At PGF Nationals she helped the A's finish second and led the team in walks (8), tied for most runs scored (8) and compiled a .438 on-base percentage. Alexa does everything well, she'll be a power hitter in college and is a great outfielder who is the perfect model of a softball player who does everything well. The words used most about her are "steady" and "consistent." She's really elevated her game this fall and has emerged as one of the top new faces on the 18U level.

6 Eliyah Flores
#6 - Eliyah Flores 3B/OF Firecrackers - Rico Oklahoma
Eliyah is a phenomenal hitter who is even feared by rival coaches because of the damage she can do at the plate. Her aggressiveness is her strength-she can take balls out of the zone and drive then 220 feet even when she's not supposed to be able to handle them. Eliyah hit .515 with 11 home runs at the high school level and is fearless offensively; the harder the pitcher throws, the better she likes it. She has a tremendous work ethic and drive that makes her a coach's favorite. Eliyah was the Sunkist League MVP and hit a walk-off home run the last week of the season to help her team win the league title.

The 3rd player Lynnsie Elam, is a catcher from Chickasha that plays for Gametime Stars. She wasn't in the hot 100 but I hear good things about her.

2018
Brooke Vestal
#1 - Brooke Vestal P Texas Bombers Gold Oklahoma
"Serendipity." It means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise" and that's how I first stumbled upon Brooke Vestal. It was the summer of 2013 at PGF Nationals and I went to the Fountain Valley, Calif. fields knowing I should check out that site for some of the younger teams. I walked up to a field not knowing who was playing but immediately saw a dozen college coaches from Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC schools and wondered who they were looking at. It didn't take long to find out it was a tall blonde pitcher who was dominating that game for the Austin Stars: Brooke Vestal. Afterwards I interviewed Brooke who was 13 at the time and could tell she was nervous to do the interview, which she admitted was her first one ever. Flash forward a year to last year's Nationals: when I met up with her again in person, the change was startling. Brooke had blossomed into a more mature and confident person quick with a smile and bursting with personality. And, oh yea, she had turned into one heck of a pitcher in that year too. A standout volleyball player who could probably play that sport in college, Brooke is a 6-foot-1 pitcher with electric "stuff" and is a true "swing and miss" pitcher. Coaches say she's the perfect build of a pitcher if you started from scratch: tall with long levers, strong, ultra-competitive and smart with a desire to improve and be coachable. As an 8th grader in the Bombers program she has played and excelled already against some top 18U teams and last year she carried the Bombers - HTX team to a 5th place finish at PGF 14U Nationals. She lost 2-1 to the eventual champion Angels and then, tired after multiple games at the end, lost to them again 6-0, but still had a 1.77 ERA for the week with a PGF-leading 70 strikeouts in 43.1 innings of work. In Texas high school ball so far this spring, opponents are only batting .054 against her and she has 186 K's in 88 innings. But the best part about Brooke may be her demeanor off the field. Greatly impacted by the Bombers' "Killed in Action" program where she is wearing on her jersey the name of a soldier, Sgt. Tom Switzer, killed in battle last summer, Brooke started on her own a program to raise money for families of lost heroes where she is taking donations for every strikeout she gets. Why? Simply because she wants to give back. And that's what makes Brooke the No. 1 player in her class: dominating talent, a fierce competitiveness to excel and a moral character that provides great humanity off the field. In short, she's everything that is right about softball! So congratulations to Brooke and the rest of the 2018 Hot 100 standouts -- KEEP WORKING HARD!

3 Grace Lyons
#3 - Grace Lyons MIF Firecrackers AZ - Hinkle Oklahoma
College coaches privately whisper that Grace is a defensive superstar who could play college softball right now. She comes from a baseball background and started playing tee-ball when she was four. Her father is in the military, flying F-16 jets for the Air Force for over two decades, so Grace has moved around a lot and played baseball all over the country with coaches who instilled great fundamentals and techniques. One of those was former MLB All-Star shortstop Damion Easley. Watch Grace handle a grounder and make a throw and you would swear you are watching a college-level baseball player. Her release is super quick and she's smooth and fluid in her movements, laterally and forwards and backwards. Instinctive, she knows where to position herself and anticipate a play. Offensively, she hits for average and through her first 21 games this season has batted .468 with an on-base percentage of .500 in 62 plate appearances.

9 Grace Green
#9 - Grace Green 3B/P Sorcerer - Williams Oklahoma
Grace has been on the national radar since she starred at the 2013 OnDeck West Coast Elite Camp. She's a power-hitting third baseman who hits for average and drives in runs. Last summer she batted .444 and led the Sorcerer 14U team--which finished 5th at PGF Nationals--in home runs (7) and RBI (39). At Nationals she hit .412 with an on-base percentage of .545 in part because of five walks as opposing pitchers know how dangerous she can be and tend to pitcher around her. Her father, Daniel, was the 2013 Rodeo World Timed Champion in Guthrie, Okla. and the family has ties to the Sooner program in part because of that background.

42 Audrie LaValley
#42 - Audrie LaValley MIF Oklahoma Athletics Oklahoma
Audrie is a strong left-handed hitter who is following in her brother's "stick-and-ball" footsteps as Gavin LaValley was a 4th round draft pick by the Reds last summer. Audrie is a smooth, gifted shortstop who knows the game and, at the plate, has a strong command of the strike zone with power to all fields. Audrie is fluid through the hips and drives the ball well to the left center gap but can pull it too. She led her high school team to state last fall.

The 2019 Hot 100 just came out. The haven't showed team rankings yet but OU has 4 players including the #1 player.

#1—Kinzie Hansen, C… So Cal Athletics – Mercado (Oklahoma)
Kinzie Hansen has been called by more than one coach—both at the club and college levels—as “Aubree Munro with a better bat.” When you consider that Munro is a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team and a two-time National Champion at the Univ. of Florida, that compliment is really saying something. Tall and lean like Munro, Kinzie has only been a catcher for about three years so she still has room to develop, which is really scary considering how strong she is now. So what makes her the No. 1 player in a 2019 class that’s loaded with talent, particularly at catcher? It’s this: Kinzie is close to 6-foot tall and is a five-tool player whose athletic ability is off the charts. One coach said simply, “She’s one of the best players, if not the best, I’ve every seen.” A natural leader who leads in the dugout and on the field, the Southern California star is so strong defensively, she is allowed by coaches to do everything on her own. Across the board she does everything well because she works so hard to be the best. Noted catching coach Jen Schroeder, who runs The Package Deal clinic series, says of Kinzie, “She is the hardest working catcher in the country. She takes her weaknesses and does not stop working and tweaking until they’re right. Her knee throws are the best I’ve ever seen for someone her age and I have frequently clocked her at 1.6 (pop time) and below.” To be the top-rated player in your class—and there have been some notable ones in the FloSoftball Hot 100’s including Jenna Lilly (Oregon, 2014) and Amanda Lorenz (Florida, 2015), you have to be a franchise player, one who has it all: athletic and skill talent plus the intangibles of passion, intensity, leadership and a fire to win. Kinzie checks all those boxes in a big way and made Oklahoma fans very happy when she committed in November of 2014. In what is a very strong class—especially with pitchers and catchers—we at FloSoftball extend our congratulations to Kinzie Hansen, the FloSoftball No. 1 rated player in the 2019 Hot 100!

#49—Olivia Rains, P/OF… Texas Glory (Oklahoma)
Olivia is a skilled pitcher who throws in the mid 60’s and has a great build to become even better. She has an outstanding drop ball and change-up and is working on a rise.The 5-foot-10 Oklahoma native drew heavy recruiting interest because of her versatility and athleticism. She plays basketball and runs track and has come close to setting her high school 200-meter mark already. This fall on the field Olivia went 31-4 with 237 K’s in 210 innings and a 1.19 ERA as her high school team made it to the Class 5A state final. She was rewarded with All-Metro Pitcher of the Year honors.

#50—Rylie Boone, OF/P… Tulsa Elite (Oklahoma)
Rylie is a true lefty with blazing speed who can slap and play small ball but also hits for power. She has mid 60’s arm velocity and some coaches have compared her athleticism to Kelsey Stewart, the Florida Gator All-American, when she was the same age. Defensively, Rylie is an excellent center fielder with great range and a strong arm. She can even pitch in the high 50’s with a tough change-up. Best of all, Rylie elevates her game in clutch situations and rises to the occasion. She had multiple offers from Top 25 schools before deciding to stay in-state.

#52—Alycia Flores, OF… Firecrackers – Brashear (Oklahoma)
Oklahoma Sooner fans in a few years will be hearing the Flores name a lot as Alycia is the younger sister of 2017 third baseman/outfielder Eliyah Flores (Firecrackers – Rico) who is also committed to the Big 12 powerhouse. Alycia has unique raw power like Eliyah and can miss-hit the ball and still have it go over the fence. A gritty and tenacious competitor, she also had Big Ten and Pac-12 offers but wants to play with her sister in Norman, Oklahoma in the future. Alycia plays on the powerhouse Sean Brashear-coached 16U team that also has fellow players committed to Michigan and Tennessee among others.

#59—Raylee Pogue, C/IF… Gametime Stars (Oklahoma)
Raylee is playing for the 18U Gametime Stars team coached by Rusty Fisher. Tough only a freshman, she is playing at a senior or higher level. One coach said, “She’s a monster at the plate,” and many consider Raylee as one of the top power-hitters in the country at any age level. Though just a 2019, she’s already made the Watch List for the USA National Team athlete pool in large part because of her versatility—she can play anywhere on the field. The Oklahoma freshman committed to the Sooners last year while in the eighth grade.

As far at 2020's go they have picked up a few commitments including Jayda Coleman who might be the #1 player of the 2020 age group.

Added Destinee Noury to 2020's. Here is a little bit of info I added on her.

SS/2B Destinee Noury (2020, OC Batbuster – Mauga) and OF Grace Guzman (2020, KG Hitters – Garcia 16U)
“These two 2020’s more than held their own and both are sure to be high level recruits. They have an amazing skill set for their age— there’s a sophisticated level to their play and they also have that poise and athleticism that allows them to be out there with girls four to five years older and competing. You don’t see that very often.”

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The 2018 recruiting class is insane. 3 of the top 9 players including #1. As far as next years crop I'm hoping Mariah Lopez turns out to be the stud pitcher she is supposed to be. Would be the other pitcher we are lacking to go along with Paige. Looking ahead to 2019 if everyone holds commits we'll have the #1 pitcher throwing to the #1 catcher.

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Jayda Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Jayda-Coleman-562731900536987/

a southpaw shortstop
https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylc=X3oDMTFiN25laTRvBF9TAzIwMjM1MzgwNzUEaXRjAzEEc2VjA3NyY2hfcWEEc2xrA3NyY2h3ZWI-?p=jayda+coleman&fr=yfp-t-201&fp=1&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8

http://www.texasgloryfastpitch.com/alumni.aspx

http://www.texasgloryfastpitch.com/teampage.aspx?ID=2

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Kinzie Hansen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC5ydmSR4Fc

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Raylee Pogue

http://www.gametimestars.com/index.php/our-players/details/1/23

Audrie LeValley

http://www.gametimestars.com/index.php/our-players/details/1/24


Lynnsie Elam

http://www.gametimestars.com/index.php/our-players/details/1/20

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Jayda Coleman and Lauren Chamberlain: This has to help with recruiting.
https://www.facebook.com/562731900536987/photos/pb.562731900536987.-2207520000.1461614381./728355123974663/?type=3&theater

Jayda Coleman and Kinzie Hansen

https://www.facebook.com/562731900536987/photos/pb.562731900536987.-2207520000.1461614145./728355003974675/?type=3&theater

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Looking from a different perspective, this article talks about the 10 teams to watch in 2016.

http://www.maxpreps.com/news/XNXvgfXTXU-7WjuRlA5FqQ/maxpreps-2016-preseason-high-school-softball-early-contenders-.htm

We have 4 commits represented: 3 from Grand Terrace, CA at #2 and 1 from Los Alamitos, CA at #9.

Eliyah Flores (2017) and Alycia Flores (2019) are sisters and their HS coach is Bobby Flores. Coincidence?

http://iecn.com/grand-terrace-softball-sees-four-accept-scholarships-pipeline/

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AustinTXSooner wrote:
Eliyah Flores (2017) and Alycia Flores (2019) are sisters and their HS coach is Bobby Flores. Coincidence?

Apparently, it is a coincidence.

http://www.pe.com/articles/flores-767035-eliyah-terrace.html

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Ok here is the update on the new hot 100 countdown for 2017's


4—Eliyah Flores 3B/OF… Firecrackers – Rico (Oklahoma)
Eliyah is an aggressive hitter who also has developed the patience to sit back and take walks. Coaches have described her as a “professional hitter” who is invested in the educational part of the game. Eliyah breathes, eats and sleeps hitting and understands how to use the whole field. For the second straight year, the So Cal talent put on an impressive display— this season batting .495 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI. Eliyah had a four-game stretch at the end of April where she hit five home runs and showed how she can go on a tear at any given time. She also was a key cog in helping the Firecrackers to a 7-2 record at PGF 18U Nationals, as she led the team with seven RBI and had six walks for a .438 on-base percentage. Another strength of Eliyah’s is she is fearless at the plate and loves to be challenged. Defensively, she’s solid at third, but can also play second base if needed.

Thats up 2 spots, she was ranked #6 in initial rankings.



13—Alexa Schultz OF… Ohana Tigers (Oklahoma)
Alexa is an explosive hitter who comes up big in the clutch when needed. She’s a tough-nosed player who plays leftfield for the Tigers and helped the 16U team to a 5-2 record and top 5 finish as she was second on the team in hitting (.333) and led the So Cal-based squad with three home runs, six RBI, an on-base percentage of .524, a slugging percentage of 1.000 and an OPS of 1.524. Like Mary Iakopo (see #19 above), she also plays for Los Alamitos High and has had a strong spring capped off with a grand slam. Playing for Shawn Quarles when part of the So Cal A’s organization, Alexa won an ASA 14U National Championship and in one day at those Nationals had four home runs. One coach described her as “the model of a player who does everything well and is consistently excellent at the plate and in the outfield.”

She dropped from 8 to 13 from initial rankings.


Lynnsie Elam C from Chickasha was on the watch list but didn't make the top 100. I think they overlook some Oklahoma girls. Caliegh Clifton didn't make the list of the 2015's.

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OU picked up another 2018 commit. Sami Skelly out of Plainview High School in Ardmore. I haven't found much on her so anyone with more knowledge can jump in.

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OU picked up another 2018 commit. Sami Skelly out of Plainview High School in Ardmore. I haven't found much on her so anyone with more knowledge can jump in.

So far, what I can tell you is that she plays shortstop for her high school team. Her travel team is OK Stealth '99. She apparently has a good enough reputation as a hitter that in a tournament last October, the opposing team walked her 5 times. She hit 4 home runs in the tournament.

http://arbucklescores.com/news/363/plainview-lady-indians-runner-up-in-regional-softball-tournament/

Oh, and she recently updated her Facebook profile picture.

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Looks like she plays 1B, 3B for her travel team.

https://gc.com/t/spring-2015/ok-stealth-16u-552abb69ecd40080ff000002/roster

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While walking to the OU football game yesterday down Jenkins, I noticed there were folks walking in/out of the softball complex. My son and I headed in as it appeared to be a camp of some sort wrapping up. Quite a few players and parents in attendance.

Anyway, recognized Kinzie Hansen amongst the group. My 16 year old son was surprised she was a freshman in HS. Tall girl or least from our vantage point she definitely stood out from the rest of the crowd.

Anyway, that is my recruiting contribution for the foreseeable future. You're welcome. :D

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2020 Softball Class

Oklahoma has 5 recruits verballed for the 2020 year. We'll start from lowest rated and go to highest rated. This comes from Flosoftball Hot 100, the most reliable softball recruiting site.

26--Paige Knight, P/3B… Tulsa Elite (Oklahoma)
Paige is a 5-foot-10, athletic talent who can do it all: she can crush the ball, has a huge arm, and possesses good speed. She hit in the 3-hole this summer for the Tulsa Elite which had top 5 finishes at the USA Softball JO Cup and Colorado Fireworks Super 48 among others. Paige has an advanced bat and combines the ability to hit for a high average with a solid stroke for power. The Oklahoma standout finished a strong summer batting well over .400 almost every weekend. Paige's recruiting stock was just starting to explode when she committed to the home-state Oklahoma Sooners after getting several other offers.

17--Tiare Jennings, SS… OC Batbusters -- Campbell (Oklahoma)
In a year of great shortstops, Tiare is one of the best and is considered an elite player because she combines great defensive skills with a power bat. She also has the attributes and instincts you can't coach and one scout remarked, "She just gets the job done." A great athlete, the 5-foot-8 freshman is a three-sport star who also shines in volleyball and basketball. She hits in the 3-hole for the Batbuster-Mascarenas team that won Colorado IDT 14U and the USA Elite Select Championship this year after winning the PGF 12U Nationals in 2015. Tiare had offers from Pac-12 schools like UCLA, but a fall camp at Oklahoma a year ago caused her to fall in love with the Big 12 power and on Sept. 2, 2016 she called Patty Gasso and said she wanted to play for the current National Champs.

16--Destinee Noury, MIF… Athletics -- Mercado (Oklahoma)
Destinee has one of the strongest arms in the country and coaches say she does everything well. She was a key cog on the So Cal A's-Mercado team that dominated PGF 14U Nationals, going 7-0 on the way to a national title, while also going undefeated to win the Colorado Sparkler Fireworks tournament. Destinee has good size and is strong in her fundamentals. She has an excellent technical swing and is a smart player who is always thinking two or three steps ahead, be it on defense or at the plate. Destinne has shined at nationally prestigious camps such as the OnDeck West Coast Elite Camp in October 2014 where Derek Allister of OnDeck praised her for her "sophisticated level of play" and "poise and athleticism." She's one of five Oklahoma commits in the 2020 class already.

9--Nicole May, P/3B… Sorcerer 16U (Oklahoma)
Nicole is a dual threat who is as good of an infielder as she is as a pitcher. She never leaves the field because her softball IQ is off the charts. Nicole always plays in control and never shows her emotions. At 5-foot-11, she moves well at third base and can move laterally and come in or drop back equally well. As a right-handed pitcher, she throws in the 60's and has an accomplished riseball, curve and change. Offensively, Nicole bats in the front of the line-up and has great power and a swing that can change a game instantly. Interestingly, after a year at 8U her coaches said she didn't have the athletic ability to play at an elite level, but another coach lit a fire under her. She eventually took up basketball and now plays freshman volleyball too. Nicole has played up most of her career and at age 14 is now playing with the Sorcerer 16U team. Since joining Gary Gascoigne's squad, she went from the No. 4 pitcher to the ace and helped the team finish 2nd at last year's PGF Ultimate Challenge and 1st at the TCS World Series in Reno this year. Nicole shined at the 2015 OnDeck June Jamboree and was offered by Oklahoma in September of 2015 while on an unofficial visit. She took her time and finally called the Sooner coaches on August 19 of this year to commit.

1--Jayda Coleman, IF/OF… Texas Glory -- Naudin (Oklahoma)
Jayda is the third straight Oklahoma Sooner commit to be ranked as the No. 1 player in the FloSoftball Hot 100 following in the footsteps of 2019 pitcher Brooke Vestal (Firecrackers-Rico) and 2020 catcher Kinzie Hansen (Athletics-Mercado). Not coincidentally, those two won PGF National Championships this year, Brooke at the 18U Premier level and Kinzie at the 14U Premier level. Jayda almost won her own national title two years ago playing for the DirecTV Genies, coached by her father, Cedric Coleman. Jayda put up video game-like numbers in 2014 at PGF batting .625 (15-for-24) with a .700 on-base percentage and an eye-popping 1.658 OPS. The Genies came up one run short, losing to Hansen's A's-Mercado 12U team 4-3, but her amazing week in Huntington Beach showed everyone the talent and explosiveness Jayda brings to the field. It's not just the numbers, either, but the way she plays the game and actually baits the opponent into making mistakes. At such a young age, Jayda is always thinking three steps ahead and once started a triple play when a pop-up with runners on first and second wasn't called an infield fly rule. She waited for the call that never came so she cleverly let the ball drop, fired to third which led to the runner on first and the batter being thrown out also. Those heady plays and instincts, combined with 2.6 home-to-first speed and the ability to seemingly do whatever she wants with her bat and glove, makes her a game-changer in every aspect of the sport. Says one scout, "When Jayda gets on the bases, she is going to let you know she is there. I have seen some of the best catchers in the game not come close to throwing her out." Playing at the 16U level this past year, she was the leading hitter on the Glory as an 8th grader hitting at a .600 clip and over the summer had 12 homers including six in Colorado. There, she led off one game with a dinger and the opponent decided that was enough; the team then walked Jayda every at-bat afterwards including her last one in ITB with a runner already on second. That is the type of respect Jayda generates. After her break-through nationals two years ago, seven of the eight D1 teams that made the Women's College World Series soon offered her and, ultimately, Jayda felt that Oklahoma was the place that felt most like home. To be the No. 1 player in the FloSoftball Hot 100, you have to be, well, special. Jenna Lilley--the first Hot 100 No. 1 (2014) was like that; so was Amanda Lorenz in 2015. So far, those are the first two classes to actually play in college and the pair of top-ranked Hot 100 players has done just fine. Jayda is a worthy representative to those current college standouts and the others who will one day be there too. Jayda has all the physical talent in the world and combined with instincts, smarts and everything else needed can be a transformative player in another way: she's a lefty who plays shortstop. Says one observer, "You would think that would be a disadvantage, but not with her… she just makes it happen." Whether she stays there remaings to be seen--some think she has the abilities to stay at short and revolutionize the position, but others feel she could be an All-American at second, first or the outfield. That's a question Patty Gasso and staff will have to decide in four years, but until then Jayda herself says it best: "If a girl can beat me out at shortstop, then we're winning a National Championship so bring it! What I care most about is winning."

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Seniors all players followed by Flo softball rank.

Jocelyn Alo C/1B (9th)
Alexa Shultz OF (21st)
Eliyah Flores 3B/2B/OF (28th)
Lynnsie Elam C/1B (NR)

Juniors

Brooke Vestal P (1st)
Grace Lyons SS (3rd)
Grace Green 3B/1B/P (9th)
Audrey LaValley MIF (42nd)
Sami Skelly ????? (NR)

Sophomores

Kinzie Hansen C (1st)
Olivia Raines P/OF (49th)
Rylie Boone OF/P (50th)
Alycia Flores OF (52nd)
Raylee Pogue C/IF/UT (59th)
Alanna Thiede P (NR)

Freshman

Jayda Coleman IF/OF (1st)
Nicole May P/3B (9th)
Destinee Noury MIF (16th)
Tiare Jennings SS (17th)
Paige Knight(P/3B) (26th)

Just for the hell of it. My thoughts on starting lineup and 2nd string lineup. Giving older ages the advantage along with ranking.

1 Jayda Coleman(RF)
2 Grace Green (1B)
3. Jocelyn Alo (DP)
4. Eliyah Flores (2B)
5. Kinzie Hansen (C)
6. Audrey LaValley(3B)
7. Alexa Shultz(LF)
8. Grace Lyons (SS)
9. Rylie Boone (CF)

2nd team no order

P Alanna Thiede
C Lynssie Elam
3B Nicole May
SS Destinee Noury
2B Tiare Jennings
1B Raylee Pogue
OF Alycia Flores
OF Olivia Raines
OF Sami Skelly
DP Paige Knight

Not bad for a 2nd team. All girls ranked in Flosoftball 59th or better besides 3 that are unranked. I think Thiede will be ranked the next time the 2019's are done.

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So.  You think the #1 rated player, a left-handed shortstop, will be a right-fielder?

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She hasn't been playing shortstop. Was playing 1B for Texas Glory in the PGF nationals. Is now listed as a 1B/OF. So she might be the 1st baseman but I thought the speed with her and Boone in Center would make for a tough outfield.

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Interesting.  With the ability to field the ground ball, she might remain in the infield.  She is pretty good at it.  I think we have others with speed.   As I remember, she is also fairly tall, which helps at 1B.

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Yes Jayda is a great athlete. Grace Lyons is the best defensive shortstop in travel ball. If she is as good as advertised might rival Pendley and Arnold. So I believe she will be the shortstop. Jayda could very well end up at 1st. Grace Green is also a very good player and could be moved to 3rd. That would squeeze LaValley out unless she could convert for outfield. Then you could put someone like Alycia Flores in RF. Of course its all in fun anyway. Someone like Nicole May may also push for playing time early. The talent is so stacked its gonna be interesting how Patty manages them. The 2nd team has the talent to be a good college team. I am interested to see others thoughts. I just think being left handed Jayda will be limited to be a 1st baseman in college if she is in the infield. Her athletic ability might come to play more in the outfield. With her and Boone out there your gonna have to earn your basehits.

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You know a lot more about these players than I do.  Thus, I'm not sure how much I would contribute to a discussion of their respective talents.

I would like to see a left-handed shortstop, more out of curiosity than of the desire to see a specific player at the position.  A lot of our use of right-handed infielders at third, short, and second is due to the throw to first, permitting them to throw across their bodies.  This arises from baseball and probably somewhat due to men's softball, although from a lesser extent.  Yet, Michigan made it to the CWS with a left-handed catcher, and it didn't seem to affect her to play a right-handers position.

Then, I think about the types of plays that give shortstops the greatest problem in the women's game.  Does it really help to be right-handed when you go into the hole (5-6)?  In the women's game, they are likely to beat that out whether you are right or left-handed.  On the other hand, a left-handed shortstop might have an advantage on balls hit in the 4-5 hole behind second, and that is a much shorter throw, one that might actually get the runner.  I could even see it in a left-handed second baseman.  Few right-handed second basemen field a ball behind second and make the throw to first in time.  But, a ball hit in the 3-4 hole might be an easier throw for a left-handed second baseman.  Is it worth trying? 

Flores looked too slow to play OF, and, despite what I saw, they said she could play third or second well.

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Yeah a left handed shortstop would be interesting to see. Jayda is athletic enough to pull it off. On 4-6-3 double play it might actually be an advantage to be left handed. The one problem I see is the throw to 1st is cross body and as fast as some of the girls are if it wouldn't make it harder to throw out the speedsters. Also you'd have to backhand balls hit toward 2nd base. I don't see a 2nd baseman being left handed because if basically takes out the 6-4-3 double play. I actually think a left handed 3rd baseman would be more possible. Michigan did have a left handed catcher but she was horrible at throwing out base runners. If you'll remember OU wore her out. I believe we stole 5 bases on her and tied the world series record.

The Flores I was speaking of in the outfield is the younger sister Alycia Flores who is coming to OU in 2019. We're going to have another sister act. She is an outfielder. I think the older Flores will end up being a 2nd baseman. I think she's a little slow for the college game at 3rd. The nice thing is the roster has Hansen, Vestal and Coleman who at least for now are #1 in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 classes. They'll be reranked every year it seems so might not hold.

Roster of 20

3 #1 ranked players
7 top 10 ranked players
9 top 20 ranked players
11 top 20 ranked players
15 top 50 ranked players
17 top 60 ranked players

So 17 of our 20 players are in top 60 of their classes. Elam is ranked #101. I believe Thiede will be ranked the next time they do 2019's. No way she's not 1 of the better pitchers in her class. That leaves Sami Skelly as the only unknown and she's in 2018 class. They are ranking them next month and maybe she'll get a mention.

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this was posted on OUhoops messsage board. Top 10 players 2016-2019 classes.


School--------Top 10 Recruits

OU-----------------7
UCLA--------------4
Alabama----------4
Auburn------------3
Oregon------------3
Tennessee---------2
Michigan----------1
Washington-------1
Florida------------1
Arizona------------1
California---------1
Notre Dame------1

We have 2 in top 10 of 2020 class also. Number 1 and Number 9.

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Athletics Mercado twitter page list Quincee Lilio a 2021 MIF/ OF as an OU verbal! She started the PGF championship game in the outfield same team that Kinzie Hansen plays on!

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https://mobile.twitter.com/athleticmercado/status/792221314660511745

She looks really young. Lol

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Caught the very end of Patty Gasso interview with James Hale on sportstalk 1400. Talked about Alo and Flores being able to hit monster homeruns. Mentioned against Arkansas she pitched the 2 Paiges and was limited to those 2 because of injuries. So assume some of our freshman pitchers are dealing with injuries. Hopefully there will be a replay link because I just caught the very end.

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Sounds like you have the 2020 roster nailed down :lol: Or maybe it  is the 2021 roster ?:big confused:

It looks like for the next couple of years the big battles for starting positions will mainly be a couple of outfield positions, the DP and maybe a pitching slot.

At this point;best that I can tell, the outfield positions and the DP will be a battle between about 8-10 different players. I don't have a clue who ends up in the outfield/DP at this point. I guess we will know a lot more after the 2017 season.

After the 2018 season, there should be some interesting developments with Nicole Pendley, Lea Wodach, Kelsey Arnold, and Hannah Sparks graduating. I don't have a clue who will take Pendley's outfield position but it will be one of that large group who will be fighting for the outfield/DP slots over the next couple of years. Alo/Elam should compete for the catcher slot. It is very possible that Patty could move Sydney over to short stop. If that happened It seems like Elijah Flores, Green or Lavelle will duke it out for 3rd. Or Sydney could stay at 3rd and Lyons/Skelly will fight to be SS. I guess Dalton could even be in the mix for 3rd/SS

The Paiges will be gone after 2018 so hopefully Lopez, Mendes, Olmos continue to develop over the next couple of years.  We really need some of them to turn into top flight college pitchers so else it looks like we will be light on pitchers. Brooke Vestal will be here in 2019 as well; hopefully, she'll be our savior.

After the 2019, all of the players on the 2016 team will have graduated so the entire lineup will be kids that mostly aren't on campus yet.

At this point, it is all idle speculation but Patty is definitely recruiting players that will keep OU a national power years to come.

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Vestal will be here in 2018. It will be an interesting year. OU will lose the 2 Paige's, Pendley, Wodach, Sparks, and Arnold. We'll need some pitchers and catchers to step up. Vestal will only be a freshman and hopefully we don't rely on a freshman to carry us. I think Lopez is still the highest upside pitcher. Grace Lyons and Grace Green in my opinion will challenge for playing time early. There will be some big time battles for infield spots. Catching will be an interesting battle too. I still like Kinzie Hansen to be a 4 year starter but she won't be on campus until 2019.

So 2018 will be our biggest transition year since the Rickets class graduated. We will still have the Romero/Knighten class and the current #1 recruiting class coming in. Pitching will be the key or downfall. I would not be surprised for us to pick up a pitching transfer in the next year or 2. We lost Finney/Chestnut and that's left a bit of a hole in the upcoming staffs.

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I think that we are saying the same thing 2 different ways. :lol: Vestal will be here in the fall of 2018 but won't play her first real game until the spring of 2019.  Pitching definitely will be a key to that season. If definitely would be good if we got a transfer pitcher and/or at least one of the incoming freshmen develop in strong pitchers to help take the pressure of Vestal in her freshmen year.

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Ok yeah I see what your saying now Tom.


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