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I would be surprised if Paige Knight moved completely out of top 100. She's been consistantly ranked in the 20's. But i haven't kept up to see if any injuries or anything going on. Appreciate you keeping up with it. I know I normally do but have been busy lately.

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Killatella wrote:
In the latest rankings Zaida Puni has fallen to #16 due to injuries she had to deal with most of the Summer.

They will release the Top 10 tomorrow and I'm curious to see if Noury and Knight made a huge climb in the rankings because neither of them showed up in the first 80.


So who was in the top 10?

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5-Nicole May, P/3B, OC Batbusters - Stith (Oklahoma)
Nicole has been a Top 10 player in her class for the last several years, but she’s taking her game to another level recently as she’s maturing as a player. Her physical tools allow her to be a shut-down pitcher but also be an outstanding infielder/hitter. The NorCal junior was a 1st Team Extra Inning Softball All-American at Foothill (Pleasanton, California) High as she led her team to the Section finals with a 20-2 record and a 0.65 ERA with 209 K’s in 128 innings. Nicole also batted .404. For the Batbusters, she established herself as a starter and was the go-to most of the summer including pitching the championship game in Boulder at the IDT tournament. In her pitching, fielding and hitting, Nicole does a lot of things well: in the circle she has command of her pitches with good ball movement and the ability to change speeds; at the plate she can hit for average and power and in the field she is impressive with her glove and intelligent in her play. Her versatile physical and position skills should allow her to play early at OU wherever there’s a need on Coach Patty Gasso’s team.

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2—Tiare Jennings, SS, OC Batbusters - Stith (Oklahoma)
Tiare has elevated her game to another level and that was a pretty good foundation set long ago when she won the PGF 12U Nationals in 2015 and followed it with titles at Boulder IDT and USA Elite Select Championship at 14U. Mike Stith’s Batbuster team is always loaded with talent and breakout stars and Tiare looks like she will be the next great infielder after she had a magnificent summer and played shortstop with certainty and confidence. Said one scout, “Tiare made all the plays and was good with it mattered including clutch hitting under pressure.” The infielder has a great motor and showed she has power too and can take over a tournament like she did in Boulder this summer when she slugged seven home runs. Her biggest blast, however, may have been a two-out, 0-2 count against the Corona Angels when a loss would’ve sent the Batbusters home but instead propelled them to the PGF 18U Premier Championship game. What separates Tiare also is her list of intangibles, including a motor to be always improving and instincts you can’t coach. A standout in volleyball and basketball and with her 5-foot-8 athletic frame, the ceiling is very high for her to become one of the top players in the college ranks in a few years down the road. As she dominated at the club level, she also did for her St. Anthony (Long Beach, California) High team this year as she hit .590 with nine home runs, 19 RBI, a .614 OBP and a 1.638 OPS while going 14-for-14 in steals and recording a .971 fielding percentage.

1—Jayda Coleman, MIF/OF, Texas Glory - Shelton (Oklahoma)
In a class strong with infielders, there’s been one for the last four years who has continued to amaze and impress, even under the white-hot light of pressure and expectation: Jayda Coleman. Growing up around a family of softball coaches and players, the Texas junior first drew national attention at the PGF 2014 12U Nationals playing for the DirectTV Genies coached by her father, Cedric. Although the team lost 4-3 to Dave Mercado’s A’s team, it was the launching point of Jayda being recognized as the top player in her class as she hit .625 with a .700 on-base percentage and made one amazing defensive play after another. That was then… this is now. What makes Jayda an elite prospect is that she has the great God-given physical tools in addition to playing with passion. She boasts fantastic speed and explosiveness with the ability to hit for power or lay down the bunt. It’s not uncommon for her to get on base via the drag bunt, then steal second and third and finally come home on a sacrifice, fielder’s choice or passed ball. She’s heady, instinctive and seemingly always thinking ahead three steps of what would be the best outcome, but it’s her love for the game and her softball smarts that set her apart as one who makes almost every aspect of the game look easy and effortless. Said one Big 12 coach (and, no, it wasn’t one of the Sooner coaches!): “It looks like she does everything so well, she’s bored and is just waiting to get to the next level to see what she can do.” Jayda was first on the 2018 18U Texas Glory team, which won the 2018 World Fastpitch Championship and came in 7th at PGF and 5th at Colorado Fireworks Super 54, in hits, doubles, triples and runs scored. At the prep level, she earned every possible award playing for The Colony (Texas) High as she was a 1st Team Extra Inning and USA Today All-American after hitting .714 on 75 hits with 66 runs and 43 steals. This, mind you, came against excellent competition in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area so for her to put up such amazing numbers is doubly impressive, especially as she earned other honors such as the Dallas/Ft. Worth All Metro-Plex Team Player of the Year, the District 14-5A MVP and the Dallas Morning News SportsDay All-Area Offensive Player of the Year. She certainly didn’t hit a “sophomore slump” and now the question is, how much further can this amazing player go? It’s one thing to get to the top of the mountain--it’s another to stay there and defend your turf. Jayda, though, looks like she’s got every tool needed, including great teammates, coaches and family support, to keep working hard and improving her game, as much as that’s even possible. It will sure be fun as softball fans to see how far this outstanding talent can go…

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Sweet. I know some moved down but 3 of the top and the top 2. I knew Jennings might move up to 2. She's been clutch in the big tournaments. The future is bright.

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I'm definitely going to need a
Good reason of why Noury and Knight got dropped completely. Something doesn't smell right about that.

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I agree, Noury, plays for Batbusters and they don't just take anyone. Paige Knight is still listed on Tulsa Elite roster. She's been consistently in the 20's. So not sure how she dropped off the radar.

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Here is my own breakdown of the OU commits.
#16 Zaida Puni
Defensive rating 6.5 out of 10
Offensive rating 8.3 out of 10
Hall of Fame comparison: Eddie Matthews
Puni is not a player that will blow you away with a high batting average, and her fielding is better than average, it's her power that strikes fear in her opponents and it comes very natural for her. If there are 2 outs and nobody on pitchers will come after her, but if there are runners on with 1st base open you can bet your ass she will be walked. Her on base percentage is always going to be high.

#5 Nicole May
Defensive rating 9.2 out of 10
Offensive rating 7.0 out of 10
Hall of Fame comparison: Greg Maddux
May is one of those pitchers who is not going to over power you with heat but it is enough heat to blow it by you if she has you guessing. Her greatest strength as a pitcher is her intelligence on the mound, great location, and her wide variety of out pitches. This is one of those player's who is so smart that the coaching staff may allow her and Kinzie Hansen to call their own game.

#2 Tiare Jennings
Defensive rating 9.0
Offensive rating 8.5
Hall of Fame comparison: Cal Ripken Jr.
Tiare makes things look easy in the field and is one of those player's who will always be clutch at the plate. With every year she gets better and better which is a credit to her and her work ethic. She could easily hit .350 or better and give you 15+ HR's every year at the next level. She will be the future at Short after Grace Lyons and will be more of a Utility player until then. She's a player that will be in the line up from day one!

#1 Jayda Coleman
Defensive rating 8 if she plays infield 10 if she makes the switch to outfield
Offensive rating 9.5
Hall of Fame comparison Ken Griffey Jr/Ricky Henderson
Jayda's level of game is so beyond her peers and she could at the very least be an All Big 12 player right now at 15! She can hit for power if she wants but her main focus right now is getting on base and being a holy terror on the base paths. She sees the ball very very well at the plate so her batting average and on base percentage at the next level will be among the nations best. I know she wants to play Shortstop at the next level, and even as a lefty she could definitely play the position at a Big XII level, but I believe Grace Lyons will have that position on lock down by the time Jayda first steps on the campus. There is no way Jayda will not be in the line up her Freshman year so I think Coach Gasso will put her in Centerfield. Her in game in intelligence is well beyond her years and in my opinion she is the perfect lead off hitter. She will be an All-American her freshman year.

The other two commits came in and here is where they landed.
Middle Infielder Destinee Noury dropped #41 to #101. Again, I didn't see her play this past Summer so I can't give an accurate evaluation of why she may have dropped. I've seen her play several times between 2015-2017 and she is an athletic, slick fielding softball player. She won't blow you away with her hitting but I think she will be a critical utility type of player for Coach Gasso who can be plugged into most infield positions and even the outfield.

Pitcher Paige Knight took a huge drop from #29 to #115. I had seen her a few times this past Summer and the only thing I can think of for her drop is that they may think she hasn't progressed or has peaked. That may or may not be true but she is an intricate piece of the OC Batbusters pitching rotation.

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Yeah I think it would have been hard for her to get on field. Pretty stacked at middle infield. With Snow, Lyons, Donihoo, and LaValley already on roster. 20's Coleman and Jennings, 2021 Waitman, and 2022 Hodge coming in. A really talented player could get buried in that depth.

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https://www.sportsstarsoftomorrow.tv/video/5-star-feature-jayda-coleman-of-the-colony-high-school-is-an-unconventional-softball-star/

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Good video. Thanks for posting.
Question: Coach Gasso will have the two best SS's in the country next season. Which one is most likely to be moved to another infield position?

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Refriedbeans wrote:
Good video. Thanks for posting.
Question: Coach Gasso will have the two best SS's in the country next season. Which one is most likely to be moved to another infield position?


'cclift38' might have another view about this but my response is as follows:

OU may have the THREE best SS in the country next year with Grace Lyons, Tiare Jennings and Jayda Coleman.

Coleman simply is left handed. I know my thought is old school but a SS simply cannot be LH. Lyons currently makes play in the hole at SS that Coleman will not make. Lyons turns the double play as well as anyone can even if you are LH like Coleman.

Therefore, Coleman will play somewhere else even if the Sooners look at her at SS. The outfield may be the landing spot for Coleman. She could play all three positions with her speed, glove and arm. Perhaps she will play 1B but the Sooners will have other great players to play there. The Sooners need great defensive outfielders right now and in the future.

As for Tiare Jennings, she will challenge Lyons at SS I think. The competition will be great for both of them. With a huge hole at 3B, one will play 3B with the other playing SS. The choice may boil down to this. do you want a SS for 2/3 more years in Lyons that you know will be great OR do you want a SS for four more years that you strongly believe will be great. Aslo who is in position to play SS when Lyons will graduate plays a factor. I think Lyons will play SS and Jennings will play 3B. Jennings may play 2B if Puni can play 3B at a high level defensively and hit.

So, Lyons at SS Coleman at 3B and Coleman in LF/CF.

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It's going to be interesting how this works out. On the USA team Jayda played on they had her in the outfield. Which I believe if she's not a shortstop CF is the best place for because of her athletic ability. But she's been pretty verbal about wanting to play shortstop. She said in 1 interview she wanted to be the first left handed short stop to win a national championship at OU.

Grace Lyons is one of if not the best defensive shortstops in the country. Its been said she has the skills and arm to play 3B.

Tiare Jennings is an all american to be in my opinion also. I've seen her play short stop and 2B. I'm sure she could play 3rd base also.

Lets not forget you have Taylon Snow her senior year and all these players will be together next year. Its hard to believe Taylon won't finish her career as the starting 2nd baseman as a senior.

So its a little crowded. I've said if before. Jayda Coleman is the #1 of #1's coming into OU. She's equivalent to an Adrian Peterson football recruit. With transferring being easy do you shift things around to give her the position? Do you talk her into centerfield with the compromise of you get shortstop after Lyons graduates? If you put Jayda on shortstop and Lyons on 3rd then what happens with Tiare Jennings and Taylon Snow? Do they compete and loser sits? Putting Coleman in the outfield makes a spot for everyone so do you go that route? It's almost like Gasso will have so much talent it will be a bit of a headache to keep everyone happy. But that's a good problem to have. Just as a pure guess on my part I think if Jayda wants to play short stop, Jayda will play shortstop. So I'm going against the grain that you do move Lyons to 3rd here. I also think in a head to head competition Jennings could beat Snow out at 2nd base. So in my mind Snow actually could be the one outside looking in.

If you really want a headache, Nicole May when she's not pitching is an excellent 3rd baseman. You also have Zaida Puni if she ever makes it to campus who plays 3rd. Then on the 2021 class you have Alexx Waitman who is one of the top middle infielders in that class. And if you think Waitman isn't on par with the others. She was also heavily recruited by Florida and Tennessee and draw comparisons to Nicole Pendley.

Its gonna be a wealth of talent, thats for sure.

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Great comments 'cclift38'

Right now, today, I would gladly pay to watch practices at OU next fall and spring for the next three years every day. I would even rake the dirt, shag balls and anything else they ask.

I am sure that some of you are not surprised about that.

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Jana Johns 3B in transfer portal from South Carolina seems to be getting some interesting follows from OU. Plus she’s started following some OU coach’s. Maybe some interest here?

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Coleman is Texas Gatoraid player of the year

https://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/winner/jayda-coleman/37872

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I have been tracking the softball transfer portal daily. Ms. Johns is probably the best position player in the portal. Her sophomore year was a great campaign for her. (348 BA, 500 OB%, 708 Slug%) She was following that up with a good junior year before the season was cancelled. She is a complete player who plays well defensively at 3B as well as hit with power and high average in the middle of the lineup.

Ms. Johns would be quite an addition to the Sooners as a transfer Junior. I have read that it is believed that she wants to play at a school with a legitimate chance to go to the World Series in her last two years.

In my opinion, you probably never say no to a proven player that is motivated. There may be some consequences of doing so, but you deal with that when it comes. IF she wants to join the Sooners, I hope the coaching staff is receptive to her.

Boomer Sooner!

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I read some articles on her. Described as a vacuum at 3B and of course is a high average power hitter. I believe she would be a must take also. This roster would be insane with her onboard.

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She just posted on Twitter that her mom has cancer.
https://mobile.twitter.com/jaydac00/status/809607106005499904

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raven15 wrote:
She just posted on Twitter that her mom has cancer.
https://mobile.twitter.com/jaydac00/status/809607106005499904


The date of the tweet is December of 2016. So I hope it’s the same cancer case that she discusses in one of the videos.

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The lineup is already insane. What comes after insane?

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Another Natty!!

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Beerme wrote:
raven15 wrote:
She just posted on Twitter that her mom has cancer.
https://mobile.twitter.com/jaydac00/status/809607106005499904


The date of the tweet is December of 2016. So I hope it’s the same cancer case that she discusses in one of the videos.

Thanks. Totally missed the date on it.

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OU just announced they have signed Puni

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As I said, I am now very happy that Ms. Puni has signed with the Sooners.

I had debated with myself about what to do about my thoughts and her signing. I guess all it took was for me to 'take a position'. Just kidding about that. She has talent that make a difference as she plays for the Sooners!

Boomer Sooners!

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Very good. I noticed they waited for her to sign to do the write up on the class. I really like this class.

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Sooners sign 5

https://soonersports.com/news/2020/6/1/softball-sb-nsd.aspx

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Johns is a Sooner:

https://soonersports.com/news/2020/6/5/softball-sooners-add-transfer-jana-johns.aspx

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This is quite a transfer for the Oklahoma Sooners to pick up. The competition within the infield and team just got one very large bucket fuller. Johns can probably play anywhere but SS, CF or Catcher.

Anytime the best position player on a SEC team willingly leaves that program to join a team that is literally 2 deep at almost every position to only be in competition for a playing position it says great things about a program. The rumor was that Ms Johns wanted the opportunity to play for a World Series team and to have the chance to win that championship. With her addition to the offense and defense, she may have just made that a couple step closer.

Boomer Sooner!

Here is info from her BIO fro South Carolina.

2019 (SOPHOMORE):
Hit .348 in 57 games with 57 starts… One of just two Gamecocks to start every game in 2019… Produced 56 hits and 50 runs with 44 RBI… Had 26 extra-base hits, including 15 home runs (tied for program best in a season)… Slugged .708 with a .500 on-base percentage thanks in part to 51 free bases (30 of which were walks)… First player in Beverly Smith era to lead the program in free bases in back-to-back seasons… Went 2-for-4 with a triple against Baylor on opening day in Mexico on Feb. 7… Hit 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBI and two home runs in the home opening win over UNCG on Feb. 15… Went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI in a win at Arkansas on Mar. 17… Also went 2-for-3 at LSU on Mar. 31… Hit two home runs in the series opener at Missouri on May 3… Hit .308 in SEC play with seven home runs and 14 RBI as she slugged .662… Had a .483 on-base percentage in conference play… Batted .347 with 14 RBI and seven home runs away from home… Produced a career best in batting average, runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, strikeouts, on-base percentage and stolen bases.. Had 17 multi-hit games and a team-best 13 multi-RBI contests… Had an 18-game reached base streak during the year… Was named SEC Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 25… Named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-Region Squad.

2018 (FRESHMAN):
Had one of the finer season in Gamecock history for a freshman… Started all 66 games at third as she hit .256 with 43 hits and 39 RBI… Led the Gamecocks with 28 hit by pitches (program record) which paced the SEC on the season… Had the most assists for a Gamecock third baseman (151) and set the fielding percentage record for her position, as well (.978)… Had her first career hit in a 1-for-2 day with one run and three RBI to help Carolina defeat Hofstra (2/10)… Went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two doubles in the home opener against North Carolina (2/20)… Maybe her best offensive game of the year came in Orlando with a 3-for-3 game with three runs and seven RBI as she hit her first career home run, a grand slam, in a win over Lehigh (2/25)… Hit a huge two-out, two-run home run to tie the game and set up the eventual series opening win over No. 2 Tennessee (3/23)… Batted 2-for-3 with a run and double in a win over Missouri… (4/20)… Went 2-for-3 with a run in the regional championship win over Liberty to send the Gamecocks to their second-ever super regional… Named SEC Freshman of the Week twice (first Gamecock to achieve the honor more than once)… Named to the All-SEC Freshmen and Defensive Teams.

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A four-year letter-winner in both softball and basketball at Calhoun High ... Tallied 224 RBI, 32 home runs and 69 doubles in her high school career for the Yellow Jackets ... Gained the 2015 and 2016 Georgia Dugout Club's AAA Player of the Year honor after posting 19 home runs and 78 RBI during her senior campaign ... Hit .520 and added 15 doubles in her senior year, also claiming the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class AAA Player of the Year award ... Hit .529 with 28 doubles and 64 RBI as a junior ... Won three straight state titles and finished runner up in 2016 ... Set new Georgia state records with 78 RBI, while her 28 doubles and 19 home runs in separate years set new Calhoun records ... Also named Region 6 AAA Player of the Year in 2016 as well as all-county player of the year honors by the Rome News-Tribune ... Recognized on the American Family Insurance All-USA Second Team after her junior season ... Also Best of Preps by the Chattanooga Times Free Press for her final two years ... In basketball, she earned first-team all-state accolades and was named the Region 6 AAA Player of the Year ... Scored over 1,000 points, breaking Calhoun's single-season scoring record ... In track, she owns the school record for pole vault as well ... The Georgia Player of the Game in both basketball and softball in the Georgia/Tennessee All-Star game ... The Chattanooga Time Free Press Female Athlete of the Year for 2016-17 ... Played with the Atlanta Vipers travel-ball group ... Member of the Beta club and the National Honor Society.

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Jana Hope Johns is the daughter of Ian Johns and Erin Phillips ... Has five siblings: Jaide, Anna, Jace, Blair and Jack ... Says hitting the game-winning home run in the 2015 state championship final is her biggest athletic thrill ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 6th, 2020 12:03 am

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This is going to be a deep team. Johns was a 2nd team preseason all American and probably South Carolina’s best player.

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