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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 11:28 pm

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90-81 Done. Killatella with nice summary of prospects.

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80-71 done.

No committed players. 1 player of note.


77—Aynslee Linduff, P/UT, Gametime Stars (uncommitted)
Ashley is a dual threat on the mound and at the plate for the Gametime Stars 2021 Gold team. During the 2017 season she went 19-5 on the mound with a 2.20 ERA and recorded 101 strikeouts versus 45 walks in 135 innings pitched because of her tremendous spin on the ball and speed in the low 60’s. At the plate, the Oklahoma product who has played up her whole life has the ability to go to both sides of the field while hitting with power and average from the left side. She hit .420 last season with a .460 on-base percentage and smashed 20 doubles from the 2-hole in the lineup. She is receiving high interest from Big 12 and SEC schools and already has an offer from one Big 12 program and has been on several other visits so don’t be surprised if she’s off the market sooner than later.

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70-61 Done. Players of interest.


68—Ashanti McDade, P/UT, Oklahoma Angels (uncommitted)
Ashanti has a fastball clocked in the mid-60’s which looks faster because of her devastating, floating change up. She also has excellent natural movement on her pitches to keep batters off balance and said one coach, “She is without a doubt of the of the top pitchers in the nation.” Last summer facing the top teams in her age division, Ashanti recorded 223 strikeouts in 151 innings and helped her team finish 3rd at the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championship. At the St. patty’s Day Blast Tournament she helped the Angels win the title and was a star at the plate hitting .412 with a pair of home runs and 11 RBI in seven games. The Oklahoma hurler has received interest from SEC and Big 12 schools and is also competitive in basketball and track.

64—Jade Ignacio, C/1B, Athletics – Mercado/Greg (uncommitted)
Thanks to her great size, power and athleticism, Jade—who goes by the nickname “Cousin”—is an ideal quarterback from behind the plate. She receives the ball well and her great footwork allowed her to have only four passed balls allowed all fall. She receives the ball well and is not just a trustworthy defensive receiver, she’s strong offensively as well as she batted over .400 in 100-plus innings last fall. As a hitter the ball jumps offer her bat and she says one scout, “Jade has power to spare and hits hits the ball as hard as anyone in the 2022 class. Not only does Jade “pass the eye test,” she has set the bar extremely high for her position within this class. She has visited Oklahoma, Oregon and Arizona and has interests from other SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 programs as well.

62—Amari Harper, SS/OF, Firecrackers – Brashear/Lopez (uncommitted)
Amari has good softball bloodlines as her mother, Carrie Frederick, stared at the University of Oklahoma from 1992-95. The younger daughter is a lefty with speed, but she has good size and pop in her bat to impact a game in multiple ways. She has good all-around athletic abilities to drop a bunt and beat it out or swing away and hit a 200-foot blast. Amari is primary a shortstop but can play anywhere in the outfield and some think in time she’ll be a Top 20 national player in her class. Oklahoma and several Pac-12 programs such as UCLA, Oregon and Utah are among the national programs showing interest in the Southern California native.

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60-51 Done. Players of interest

56—Ayden Allen, IF/OF, Texas Glory (uncommitted)
Ayden has all the physical tools and skills to play anywhere on the field except pitcher and catcher and her versatility has college coaches excited to follow her with the prospect of plugging her in quickly at numerous positions in college. Ayden is big and strong at 5-foot-9 and is excellent defensively with a strong arm that allows her to play anywhere at a high level in the infield or outfield. At the plate, she hits for power and drives the ball a long way. Said one top Southwest coach, “I love this kid, she has the physical and mental tools to be a standout at the collegiate level.” Last summer Ayden helped her 14U team win the North Texas Shootout and finish 9th at the Colorado Sparkler Juniors showcase. She was also a USSSA Select All-American. Ayden has several teams from the Big 12 and other Southwest region conferences following her closely.

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50-41 Done. I didn't see any with OU interest in there.

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40-31 done. Nothing Oklahoma. On a side note Oklahoma State did have 2 commits. As we have noticed their recruiting has been on an upswing.

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Time for my OU commit prediction...
#26 Hodge-I'll be honest I didn't think she would be in the top 30
#7 Erickson- Very talented Catcher
#3 Guerin- Completely dominant Pitcher.

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Saw guerin pitch Sunday walking by their field with my dd. Looked like a strong pitcher.

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30—Jocelyn Erickson, C, OC Batbusters – Campbell (Oklahoma)
Jocelyn comes from a family of athletes as a brother and sister have played baseball and softball at BYU and another is on the way. The youngest of five has benefitted from watching her siblings as her skill level is, as one coach put it, “is off the charts and she has a ton of upside.” The Phoenix native is a great defensive player and she has all the tools to be a dominant catcher at the next level while her offensive skills are improving too. Jocelyn also plays volleyball which helps her quickness and explosive movements which is one reason she had heavy interest from all over the nation before she committed to the Sooners in October of 2017. Said one high-level scout, “Jocelyn could be a top 10-ranked player by the end of the summer as she picks up intensity to her game and brings it all together.”

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20-11 Done. No OU commits. 1 Player of interest.

13—Olivia Gigante, P/1B, OC Batbusters – Campbell (uncommitted)
Olivia is an up-and-coming pitcher will all the tools and her potential is off the charts. She throws hard and brings all facets to the mound: power, velocity, and the key strength of zone awareness to keep the ball down and induce ground balls. She has legit spins and according to one scout, “is very sophisticated for her age.” Olivia’s location of pitches is good now and once she gets it perfected “she will be unbeatable,” says a top West Coast coach. Major programs like Oklahoma, Arizona, and Oregon are among the many who are watching to see how her development continues, but expect Olivia—playing for Mark Campbell’s powerhouse 14U team—to have her choice of top schools everywhere across the nation by the time PGF Nationals wraps up this summer.

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T-9—Avery Hodge, SS/OF, Impact Gold HTX (Oklahoma)
Avery is the old-school multiple sport athlete (softball, volleyball, basketball and track) who excels in everything she does because of her speed—2.6 home-to-first camp times–and her aggressive, fearless style of play whether she’s making a diving catch in the dirt or stretching out an extra base hit. The Oklahoma athlete has an advanced knowledge of the game and excellent instincts where she knows intuitively how to get the extra advantage to put her team in a position to win. Avery has played up with girls two years older ever since she joined Kelli Jacoby’s Texas Aces 10U team when she was eight-years-old before the program recently joined the Impact Gold organization. A natural leadoff batter because of her skills at getting on base, Avery plays the middle infield and centerfield spots equally well and had Big 12 and SEC interest starting in the 6th grade. She first got noticed by Oklahoma in 2016 at the Colorado Sparkler 14U Power Pool and was offered at an OU Elite Camp on September 17, 2017 and committed the next day.

3—Savannah Geurin, P, Diamond Sports Hotshots – Nelson (Oklahoma)
Savannah is a franchise pitcher, a shut-down lefty talent who one scout says, “has all that good lefty movement.” Nicknamed “SJ,” she is a big, intimidating presence at 5-foot-10 and locates all her pitches with her great command and can change speeds at any given time to keep hitters off balance. She throws in the 57-59 mph range and tops at 61 but it’s her changeup that helps make her the top pitcher in the 2022 class right now. Says Hotshots Head Coach Nathan Nelson, “Her changeup is comparable to that of a Power 5 pitcher right now though she’s only a 14U pitcher.” Savannah is a big-game pitcher and elevates her game when the stakes are highest. She’s won an amazing six national championships already including a pair of PGF National Championships and other titles at USA Elite, Triple Crown and the USFA World Series. She was also a part of the All-American USA/ASA team that won it all in Oklahoma City last summer. The scary part about Savannah’s game is she hasn’t peaked yet—she still has room to improve as she matures and her velocity increases.

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Geurin should be #1, best pitcher on probably te best team, but they are probably tired of OU players being #1. From what I hear Erickson at 30 is underrated. But moving to the Batbusters should help her.

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They took one look at my predictions and flipped Erickson and Hodges rankings just out of spite. :) But you're right about the move to the Batbusters.

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30—Jocelyn Erickson, C, OC Batbusters – Campbell (Oklahoma)
Jocelyn comes from a family of athletes as a brother and sister have played baseball and softball at BYU and another is on the way. The youngest of five has benefitted from watching her siblings as her skill level is, as one coach put it, “is off the charts and she has a ton of upside.” The Phoenix native is a great defensive player and she has all the tools to be a dominant catcher at the next level while her offensive skills are improving too. Jocelyn also plays volleyball which helps her quickness and explosive movements which is one reason she had heavy interest from all over the nation before she committed to the Sooners in October of 2017. Said one high-level scout, “Jocelyn could be a top 10-ranked player by the end of the summer as she picks up intensity to her game and brings it all together.”


T-9—Avery Hodge, SS/OF, Impact Gold HTX (Oklahoma)
Avery is the old-school multiple sport athlete (softball, volleyball, basketball and track) who excels in everything she does because of her speed—2.6 home-to-first camp times–and her aggressive, fearless style of play whether she’s making a diving catch in the dirt or stretching out an extra base hit. The Oklahoma athlete has an advanced knowledge of the game and excellent instincts where she knows intuitively how to get the extra advantage to put her team in a position to win. Avery has played up with girls two years older ever since she joined Kelli Jacoby’s Texas Aces 10U team when she was eight-years-old before the program recently joined the Impact Gold organization. A natural leadoff batter because of her skills at getting on base, Avery plays the middle infield and centerfield spots equally well and had Big 12 and SEC interest starting in the 6th grade. She first got noticed by Oklahoma in 2016 at the Colorado Sparkler 14U Power Pool and was offered at an OU Elite Camp on September 17, 2017 and committed the next day.

3—Savannah Geurin, P, Diamond Sports Hotshots – Nelson (Oklahoma)
Savannah is a franchise pitcher, a shut-down lefty talent who one scout says, “has all that good lefty movement.” Nicknamed “SJ,” she is a big, intimidating presence at 5-foot-10 and locates all her pitches with her great command and can change speeds at any given time to keep hitters off balance. She throws in the 57-59 mph range and tops at 61 but it’s her changeup that helps make her the top pitcher in the 2022 class right now. Says Hotshots Head Coach Nathan Nelson, “Her changeup is comparable to that of a Power 5 pitcher right now though she’s only a 14U pitcher.” Savannah is a big-game pitcher and elevates her game when the stakes are highest. She’s won an amazing six national championships already including a pair of PGF National Championships and other titles at USA Elite, Triple Crown and the USFA World Series. She was also a part of the All-American USA/ASA team that won it all in Oklahoma City last summer. The scary part about Savannah’s game is she hasn’t peaked yet—she still has room to improve as she matures and her velocity increases.

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The list is still going up to 300 but sadly, no profiles on the girls, just a list. I think SJ was ranked right about where she should be. No doubt, she's dominant, the #1 pitcher in her division, possibly even better than pitchers in 16's but she doesn't bat nor play anywhere else on the field if I'm not mistaken. Jocelyn should have ranked higher. Campbell has another lefty catcher with a big bat. It'll be interesting to see those two duke it out for playing time.

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Rising Star: Savannah Geurin Inspired By OU Great Keilani Ricketts

May 1, 2018
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Gary Rohman/USA TODAY Sports
Savannah Geurin knew she wanted to play for Oklahoma since she was 8 years old. She and her family would head out from their home in Texas to Marita Hynes Field in Norman, OK, any chance they had to watch the Sooners put on a show.

Around 11 years old, Geurin started attending OU softball camps, but it wasn’t until a Sooners game against Texas in 2013 when she finally met one of the greatest pitchers to ever wear Oklahoma across her chest, Keilani Ricketts. From that moment on, there was no doubt in Geurin's mind that Ricketts was her role model.

After Geurin verbally committed to OU in the fall, we’re not shy to say that this 2022 Hot 100 player could possibly be the next Ricketts for the Sooners.



Savannah Geurin
Grad Year: 2022

Position: P

Club Team: Diamond Sports Hotshots Gold

Committed: Oklahoma



What team are you on?
Diamond Sports Hotshots.

How are you liking it so far?
I love it. The coaching staff has a nice blend, so you have one coach who is really stern while the other is soft. All of us have been playing together for about four years now.

How would you describe your family?
Never a dull moment in our lives. Wouldn’t have it any other way, though.



Do you have a pretty close relationship with your mom?
I sure do. She’s actually my pitching coach and was actually an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa at one point.

What is it like having your mom as your pitching coach?
I’m a very stubborn person, so I’ve gotten some information through.

Other than your family, who is your biggest role model?
Keilani Ricketts. She played at Oklahoma, and to me, she’s one of the greatest pitchers I’ve ever seen play the game.

With you being committed to OU, what was your recruiting experience like?
It was so exciting. I was pretty young when they first came out to see me and I didn’t think they were going to want me. It wasn’t until the eighth grade when they started to push for me.

Any superstitions on the field?
I cannot step on the chalk line and I can’t pack up before the game is over.

Have you had any setbacks that kept you from playing?
My back injury over the summer was pretty tough. When pitching, I kept landing wrong which ended up straining my back quite a bit. I could still pitch, but it took the whole fall to go through physical therapy to able to pitch at 100 percent.

How do you get pumped before games?
I just talk to one of my coaches. I’ll tell him all my worries and basically hypes me up before each game.

What is your go-to pregame snack?
Fruit snacks. All about those berries and cherries.

What is one of your favorite memories from travel ball?
Winning three national titles in one month (10U Triple Crown, 10U USFA, and 10U PGF).

What is your favorite Netflix show?
"Fuller House."

Who is your favorite character on there and why?
I can definitely relate to DJ mainly because she has so much on her plate and she has to learn how to let other people help her.

What is your favorite movie?
Either the "Blind Side" or "Forever Strong."

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I really want to go to Colorado again to see the mountains.

What made you want to go to Oklahoma?
I love the coaching staff and academics. Not only that, but my family is from Oklahoma so I have some family still over there.



What was one thing that stood out to you about their program?
[Associate head coach Melyssa] Lombardi. She’s just so positive and she knows her stuff.

Do you have an idea of what you want to study in college?
I want to study biology, so I can become a surgeon.

https://www.flosoftball.com/articles/6193581-rising-star-savannah-geurin-inspired-by-keilani-ricketts

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I'm sure one of her top qualities Patty loves is the "winning three national championships"!!!

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OU_Tom wrote: I am not so sure that sports boards are the best places for athletes' parents. There are lots of posts that are speculative in nature that parents tend to take as personal attacks.I agree with this.  I remember on another (private) sports board that Stephen Good's (football) dad was invited and made a member.  While not a disaster or anything, I recall that there was a pervasive atmosphere of everyone walking on eggshells, for fear of giving offense to the parent, inasmuch as Stephen largely failed to live up to his 5 star press clippings.
I realize that this is a thread from a couple of years back...  Has anyone got any new stuff on SJ?  She looks like the real deal!

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SJ is staying on course

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The Oklahoma Sooners have three commitments for the class of 2022-2023. Those three players are;
- Jocelyn Erickson – Phoenix, AZ : OC Batbusters – Catcher / 1B - Bats left, Throws left
- Avery Hodge – Fulshear, TX : Texas Bombers – SS – Bats left, Throws right
- Savannah Geurin – Sugarland, TX : Oklahoma Athletics – LHP – Bats left, Throws left

All three players have been highly ranked for at least a couple years now. All three also committed to Oklahoma prior to the rule changes that prevents non-juniors from receiving offers/commitments.

The Extra Innings Softball (EIS) publication rankings include 212 players ranked in the Top 100 players for the 2022-23 class. These players will graduate in May of 2022 and enter college in Aug/Sept of 2022. Their first spring season as a Sooner will be in 2023.
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Savannah Geurin was ranked in a tie for the #19 player in the class.

Here is what the EIS writer said about Geurin: Savannah, or “SJ,” has pitched under the spotlight in a lot of elite events and her resume includes six major national championships including two PGF titles which she won playing with the Hotshots organization. Savannah is a 5-foot-10 lefty who is poised and calm in the circle and has good command of her pitches while mixing up speeds well. Last fall, she was the youngest player chosen to compete for the Lone Star Elite team that was scheduled to play Team USCA as part of the Stand-Beside-Her Tour. A sophomore at Fort Bend Academy (Sugar Land, Texas), she comes from a strong stick-and-ball family as her mother, Angela, played and coached softball at Tulsa; her father, Robert, played football at Tulsa and her grandfather played baseball at Texas Tech. She was a long-time Oklahoma Sooner fan and when offered after impressing at camps, she committed in September of 2017.

In previous rankings by EIS, Geurin was ranked as the #3, #4 player. Softball America has ranked her as the #8 player in this class. While her ranking has dropped a little, she is still ranked very highly in this class. She should be a very good addition to the Sooners pitching staff that will possibly include Brooke Vestal, Olivia Rains, Macy McAdoo, Alanna Thiede as juniors-eligible, Nicole May as a junior and Jordyn Bahl and Emmy Guthrie as sophomores.
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Avery Hodge was ranked in a tie for the #15 player in the class.

Here is what the EIS writers said about Hodge: Avery is an advanced left-handed triple threat with deceptive strength and a fluid swing. She is short and quick to the ball and squares up well with pull power. Aggressive and confident in her approach, Avery has 2.6 home-to-first speed and is an extremely tough out. She has solid range on defense and has good infield actions with a fluid exchange and release. Said one top coach: “Avery plays above her physical tools and is one of the most athletic shortstops in the country.” Says her club coach, Scott Smith: “Avery’s softball IQ is unparalleled. The bottom line with her is she is a winner and makes everyone around her better.” The standout speedster was offered in September of 2017 at an Oklahoma Camp and verballed the next day.

In previous rankings by EIS, Hodge was ranked as the #9, #21 player. Softball America has ranked her as the #11 player in this class. So her latest ranking is very much in the same area as her previous rankings. Hodge was also on the U-17 USA team that competed in Peru during the last year. She was the leadoff hitter and offensive catalyst for that team that won the Gold Medal. She will probably compete as a SS/2B against possible Sooner players like Grace Lyons senior eligible, Mackenzie Donihoo junior eligible, Tiare Jennings junior and Alexx Waitman, Quincee Lillo and Turiya Coleman as sophomores. The second base position should be a very competitive position in 2022-23 as a new starter will likely be selected for the season.
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Jocelyn Erickson was selected in a tie for the #8 player in the class.

Here is what the EIS writers said about Erickson: Jocelyn has taken her game to a different level over the last year as a 5-foot-11 catcher who is the full package, ranging from her abilities to throw runners out to hitting with power and a high batting average thanks to her great bat speed. Says Batbusters head coach Mike Stith: “Once Kinzie (Hansen) graduated in 2019 and went to Oklahoma, it opened the way for Jocelyn and she’s become a scary-good player, an historic-type player, who has a great knowledge of the game and the potential to be transcendent in the sport.” As a freshman in 2019, Jocelyn helped Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, Arizona) High win the 6A state championship as she batted .530 and led the Eagles with 50 RBIs in 30 games. She also had eight home runs and 12 doubles. Jocelyn comes from a family of softball standouts including older sister, Kaylee, who was a senior last season for O’Connor and is now a freshman catcher at BYU; another sister, Emilee, was a senior infielder for the Cougars this year.

In previous EIS rankings she was ranked as the #30, #17 player in the class. Softball America ranked her as the #12 player in the class. Since playing for the OC Batbusters she has climbed up the rankings a bit. Erickson was also on the U-17 USA team that competed in Peru during the last year. She played both C and 1B as a member of that team. She played in all but one game for Team USA as they won the Gold Medal. When Erickson takes the practice field in 2022 she will be competing probably as both a catcher and a first baseman against Kinzie Hansen junior eligible, Zaida Puni junior and Sophia Nugent as a sophomore.
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In looking at the 212 players ranked by EIS, only about 35-40% of the players have committed to D1 schools prior to the recruiting rule change. There are many very good players that are still out there to be signed starting in September of 2020. 18 of the Top 40 players are still uncommitted players. It will be interesting to see how the new rules affect the late recruiting for this class. The recruiting ‘battle’ has not been this wide open in many years for D1 softball.

The Sooners could have as many as 23 players listed on their roster before these 3 young ladies take the field in the fall of 2022. With a potential roster of 26 players, it is doubtful that many players will be added to the class unless the Sooners have several transfers between now and then. One sleeper that might be added to this recruiting class is Amari Harper. She was ranked in a tie for the #12 player in this class. Harper is a SS/OF that is a lefty slapper with power and speed and is an accomplished player that can play anywhere. Her mom is Carrie Fredrick who played at Oklahoma from 1992-95 and played for Coach Gasso in 1995, Gasso’s first year at OU. Harper is a California HS player that plays for the Firecrackers.
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The ‘extra-year’ NCAA ruling probably does not affect the recruiting class of 2020-21 (the Jayda Coleman class) due to Mendes being the only field player returning. The return of Saile and Juarez will allow Nicole May to get her feet wet as an incoming freshman but she will still likely pitch her share of innings.

The next class in 2021-22 (the Jordyn Bahl class) could be affected due to the potential 27 player roster for that season. The extra years for Alo, Elam and Snow could possibly affect these recruits. The final look of the recruiting class for 2021-22 may not be as it is envisioned right now. Keeping this recruiting class together is a part of a strong future for the Sooners.

The 2022-23 class (Erickson, Hodge and Geurin) should benefit from any transfers or other player changes prior to their arrival. The strength of the Sooner program will also be a factor as this class arrives. With the ‘extra-year’ ruling, in almost every year for the next three years there will be very talented players coming in as freshman that could have to wait-their-turn to take the field for the Sooners. An example of ‘waiting-to-play’ could be Avery Hodge. This is due to Grace Lyons still being a Sooner and probably playing SS in her last season at Oklahoma.

In closing I will also say that if any D1 program can handle the unknowns of the new recruiting process starting in September and the ‘extra-year’ ruling it is probably the Oklahoma Sooners. The recruits come to play softball at OU under the guidance of Coach Gasso and her staff because of many things related to softball. But there is also something else that the Sooners offer the families and the young ladies coming to Norman that is very special. That could very well be the most important aspect of being recruited by the Oklahoma Sooners and should result in quality players staying and quality players waiting to play, if needed.

Boomer Sooner!

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The Oklahoma Sooners have three commitments for the class of 2022-2023. Those three players are;
- Jocelyn Erickson – Phoenix, AZ : OC Batbusters – Catcher / 1B - Bats left, Throws left
- Avery Hodge – Fulshear, TX : Texas Bombers – SS – Bats left, Throws right
- Savannah Geurin – Sugarland, TX : Oklahoma Athletics – LHP – Bats left, Throws left

All three players have been highly ranked for at least a couple years now. All three also committed to Oklahoma prior to the rule changes that prevents non-juniors from receiving offers/commitments.

The Extra Innings Softball (EIS) publication rankings include 212 players ranked in the Top 100 players for the 2022-23 class. These players will graduate in May of 2022 and enter college in Aug/Sept of 2022. Their first spring season as a Sooner will be in 2023.
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Savannah Geurin was ranked in a tie for the #19 player in the class.

Here is what the EIS writer said about Geurin: Savannah, or “SJ,” has pitched under the spotlight in a lot of elite events and her resume includes six major national championships including two PGF titles which she won playing with the Hotshots organization. Savannah is a 5-foot-10 lefty who is poised and calm in the circle and has good command of her pitches while mixing up speeds well. Last fall, she was the youngest player chosen to compete for the Lone Star Elite team that was scheduled to play Team USCA as part of the Stand-Beside-Her Tour. A sophomore at Fort Bend Academy (Sugar Land, Texas), she comes from a strong stick-and-ball family as her mother, Angela, played and coached softball at Tulsa; her father, Robert, played football at Tulsa and her grandfather played baseball at Texas Tech. She was a long-time Oklahoma Sooner fan and when offered after impressing at camps, she committed in September of 2017.

In previous rankings by EIS, Geurin was ranked as the #3, #4 player. Softball America has ranked her as the #8 player in this class. While her ranking has dropped a little, she is still ranked very highly in this class. She should be a very good addition to the Sooners pitching staff that will possibly include Brooke Vestal, Olivia Rains, Macy McAdoo, Alanna Thiede as juniors-eligible, Nicole May as a junior and Jordyn Bahl and Emmy Guthrie as sophomores.
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Avery Hodge was ranked in a tie for the #15 player in the class.

Here is what the EIS writers said about Hodge: Avery is an advanced left-handed triple threat with deceptive strength and a fluid swing. She is short and quick to the ball and squares up well with pull power. Aggressive and confident in her approach, Avery has 2.6 home-to-first speed and is an extremely tough out. She has solid range on defense and has good infield actions with a fluid exchange and release. Said one top coach: “Avery plays above her physical tools and is one of the most athletic shortstops in the country.” Says her club coach, Scott Smith: “Avery’s softball IQ is unparalleled. The bottom line with her is she is a winner and makes everyone around her better.” The standout speedster was offered in September of 2017 at an Oklahoma Camp and verballed the next day.

In previous rankings by EIS, Hodge was ranked as the #9, #21 player. Softball America has ranked her as the #11 player in this class. So her latest ranking is very much in the same area as her previous rankings. Hodge was also on the U-17 USA team that competed in Peru during the last year. She was the leadoff hitter and offensive catalyst for that team that won the Gold Medal. She will probably compete as a SS/2B against possible Sooner players like Grace Lyons senior eligible, Mackenzie Donihoo junior eligible, Tiare Jennings junior and Alexx Waitman, Quincee Lillo and Turiya Coleman as sophomores. The second base position should be a very competitive position in 2022-23 as a new starter will likely be selected for the season.
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Jocelyn Erickson was selected in a tie for the #8 player in the class.

Here is what the EIS writers said about Erickson: Jocelyn has taken her game to a different level over the last year as a 5-foot-11 catcher who is the full package, ranging from her abilities to throw runners out to hitting with power and a high batting average thanks to her great bat speed. Says Batbusters head coach Mike Stith: “Once Kinzie (Hansen) graduated in 2019 and went to Oklahoma, it opened the way for Jocelyn and she’s become a scary-good player, an historic-type player, who has a great knowledge of the game and the potential to be transcendent in the sport.” As a freshman in 2019, Jocelyn helped Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, Arizona) High win the 6A state championship as she batted .530 and led the Eagles with 50 RBIs in 30 games. She also had eight home runs and 12 doubles. Jocelyn comes from a family of softball standouts including older sister, Kaylee, who was a senior last season for O’Connor and is now a freshman catcher at BYU; another sister, Emilee, was a senior infielder for the Cougars this year.

In previous EIS rankings she was ranked as the #30, #17 player in the class. Softball America ranked her as the #12 player in the class. Since playing for the OC Batbusters she has climbed up the rankings a bit. Erickson was also on the U-17 USA team that competed in Peru during the last year. She played both C and 1B as a member of that team. She played in all but one game for Team USA as they won the Gold Medal. When Erickson takes the practice field in 2022 she will be competing probably as both a catcher and a first baseman against Kinzie Hansen junior eligible, Zaida Puni junior and Sophia Nugent as a sophomore.
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In looking at the 212 players ranked by EIS, only about 35-40% of the players have committed to D1 schools prior to the recruiting rule change. There are many very good players that are still out there to be signed starting in September of 2020. 18 of the Top 40 players are still uncommitted players. It will be interesting to see how the new rules affect the late recruiting for this class. The recruiting ‘battle’ has not been this wide open in many years for D1 softball.

The Sooners could have as many as 23 players listed on their roster before these 3 young ladies take the field in the fall of 2022. With a potential roster of 26 players, it is doubtful that many players will be added to the class unless the Sooners have several transfers between now and then. One sleeper that might be added to this recruiting class is Amari Harper. She was ranked in a tie for the #12 player in this class. Harper is a SS/OF that is a lefty slapper with power and speed and is an accomplished player that can play anywhere. Her mom is Carrie Fredrick who played at Oklahoma from 1992-95 and played for Coach Gasso in 1995, Gasso’s first year at OU. Harper is a California HS player that plays for the Firecrackers.
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The ‘extra-year’ NCAA ruling probably does not affect the recruiting class of 2020-21 (the Jayda Coleman class) due to Mendes being the only field player returning. The return of Saile and Juarez will allow Nicole May to get her feet wet as an incoming freshman but she will still likely pitch her share of innings.

The next class in 2021-22 (the Jordyn Bahl class) could be affected due to the potential 27 player roster for that season. The extra years for Alo, Elam and Snow could possibly affect these recruits. The final look of the recruiting class for 2021-22 may not be as it is envisioned right now. Keeping this recruiting class together is a part of a strong future for the Sooners.

The 2022-23 class (Erickson, Hodge and Geurin) should benefit from any transfers or other player changes prior to their arrival. The strength of the Sooner program will also be a factor as this class arrives. With the ‘extra-year’ ruling, in almost every year for the next three years there will be very talented players coming in as freshman that could have to wait-their-turn to take the field for the Sooners. An example of ‘waiting-to-play’ could be Avery Hodge. This is due to Grace Lyons still being a Sooner and probably playing SS in her last season at Oklahoma.

In closing I will also say that if any D1 program can handle the unknowns of the new recruiting process starting in September and the ‘extra-year’ ruling it is probably the Oklahoma Sooners. The recruits come to play softball at OU under the guidance of Coach Gasso and her staff because of many things related to softball. But there is also something else that the Sooners offer the families and the young ladies coming to Norman that is very special. That could very well be the most important aspect of being recruited by the Oklahoma Sooners and should result in quality players staying and quality players waiting to play, if needed.

Boomer Sooner!

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There will be an awful lot of talent on the field in the upcoming years at OU. But talent never ensures success. They will all have to work and produce to turn the talent into players at the D1 level.

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For 2020-21 here are some competitions that will be taking place at Marita Hynes Field:

OF:
Mendes, Alo, Green, Koeltzow, Boone, Pogue, A Flores and Jayda Coleman will be competing for the 3 starting jobs. Mendes, Alo and Coleman will likely start. The ones that do not start will be left to compete at other positions or accept reserve roles.

C:
Elam, Hansen and Koeltzow will be at the position. I think Elam will start at C with some relief provided by either Hansen or Koeltzow.

1B:
Hansen, Green and Zaida Puni will compete. The job will likely be Hanson's with the others competing for other positions.

2B, SS, 3B:
Lyons, Snow, E Flores, Donihoo, Tiare Jennings, Zaida Puni and Paige Knight will compete for the 3 spots. The three starters are likely to be Lyons, Snow and Jennings will likely start.

DP:
Candidates are Green, Boone, Zaida Puni and anyone that hits really well all fall and in the early spring.

Wild Card: Nicole May, who will probably concentrate on her pitching early, could hit this year. She could be included in the competition at 3B, 1B and DP.

Pitching:
Saile, Juarez (after her arm is healed), Rains, Vestal, McAdoo, Theide and Nicole May will compete for probably four primary roles on the staff. Saile, Rains, Vestal and McAdoo will compete until Juarez is 100%. Then Juarez will replace one or two of them.

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In 2021-22, the competition is turned up another notch with only Mendes, Sail and Juarez exiting the program.

Quincee Lillo, Turiya Coleman and Alexx Waitman will compete for jobs in the outfield, 3B, 2B, SS and DP. Nugent will compete at catcher, 1B and at DP. T Coleman might also compete at catcher.

Bahl, while working on pitching, will be included in the discussions for the DP role and she might surprise us as a competitor at 2B.

I think every one of those players will play, but probably only one could start as an outfielder.

In the circle, Jordyn Bahl and Emmy Guthrie join the pitching staff. Some combination of Rains, Vestal, McAdoo and May will be the returning mainstays in the circle. Bahl is expected to strongly compete for one of the mainstay roles. Guthrie is expected to compete for a reserve role as a freshman.

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In 2022-23, Alo, Elam, E Flores and Snow leave the program. The three 22-23 freshman Jocelyn Erickson, Savannah Geurin and Avery Hodge will compete as described in the original post.

Boomer Sooner!

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Very good 22 class. It’s hard to predict the portal. I’d say if OU loses some players this class could still ad a player or 2. I noticed Texas picked up a good pitcher from Ole Miss. gives them a strong 3 deep staff. Fingers crossed with Juarez, she’s still an important piece to solidify the staff.

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Speaking of Texas, how do you guess that the Big 12 softball will handle the schedule in 2021. Will the schedule for home games be a repeat of 2020 or not?

2020:
OU had home series scheduled against Texas, Kansas, Texas Tech and OSU (2 games). OU was traveling to Iowa State and Baylor.

If the same schedule is followed, I sure hope the Texas series is moved to later in the season. The talent on the field in this series will be about as good as it gets in D1 softball.

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I would think the schedule would stay as this years was since they didn’t play. But I’m always a bit of a conspiracy theorist about the Big 12 and Texas. Which would mean they would flip to next years schedule where OU has to go to Texas.

With the incoming freshman class I still like OUs roster over Texas. That’ is assuming we have a healthy Juarez. We need a healthy Juarez, Saile and another pitcher( May would be my prediction) to match their 3 deep. Im wondering how OSU and Texas are able to take transfers like they are going out of style. With all the money worries everyone is having.

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