The pipeline of players leaving Oregon and heading south to Texas continues with the recent announcement of junior Oregon outfielder Shannon Rhodes transfer to Texas. The junior outfielder put up a .342 average, 18 HR’s and 88 RBIs over two years with the Ducks. Rhodes hometown is Fort Worth, Texas. “We are very excited to announce the addition of Shannon Rhodes to our Texas roster,” head coach White said. “Shannon is a true five-tool athlete, and it will be fun to watch her contribute both offensively and defensively for the Longhorns over the next couple of seasons.”
Brooke Vines has left the Tennessee Lady Vols program. A 2018 injury had caused her to miss most of the 2018 season.
Ole Miss announced the addition of California speedy outfielder Nyomi Jones to their 2019 Recruiting Class.
A national champion on the travel ball circuit and a top recruit from the state of Alabama Brylie St. Clair joins the Mississippi State signing class. “It was a winter clinic that Brylie caught coach (Tyler) Bratton’s eye,” MSU head coach Stuedeman said. “He was immediately impressed with her coach-ability and footwork skills. Brylie will bring talented outfield play, savvy base running skills and a championship mentality to Starkville. She knows what it takes be a champion, just coming off the PGF National Championship along with fellow signee Madisyn Kennedy.” St. Clair is entering her senior season at Sand Rock High School and has racked up three First Team All-State honors and has helped the Wildcats to multiple championships. “Mississippi State has always felt like home,” St. Clair said. “From the first time I visited Nusz Park, I felt like I was part of a family. The traditions and history of this great school convinced me that I found my fit.”
The Pitt Panthers have added two more members to their 2019 recruiting class. The Panthers will welcome Kayla Lane and Taegen Lewellen to the program following the recent signings of Hope Alley, Emily Riggs and Makenzie Stiles. Kayla Lane / Infield / LaGrange, Ga. / Troup County High School. Coach Hermanek’s thoughts on Lane, “We are excited that Kayla chose Pitt softball. She is going to be an impact player for our infield. Kayla plays in one of the toughest regions in the country, so her experiences have readied her to contend in the ACC.” Lane on choosing Pitt, ”I had never seen myself going to school this far away from home, but when I came to visit Pitt I felt really comfortable. I liked the positive environment the coaches created, and the girls were great too. I feel blessed and look forward to the opportunity to be a part of an amazing program. I truly feel like Pitt is where I am meant to be.”Taegen Lewellen / Utility / Locust Grove, Ga. / Locust Grove High School. Coach Hermanek’s thoughts on Lewellen, “We are excited to announce the commitment of Taegen to join our Panther family. Taegen is a dynamic athlete who will add value to our infield, outfield and offense. We are getting a special person who will add character to our programs culture.” Lewellen’s thoughts on choosing Pitt, “I decided to commit to Pitt because it felt like a ‘home away from home’ to me. I instantly clicked with the girls and coaches and was very impressed by the facilities. Overall, I loved the atmosphere of Pittsburgh.”
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball head coach Gerry Glasco announced the addition of transfer outfielder Sarah Hudek who recently left Texas A&M. “Sarah is an extremely special player because of her ability to win, or save a game, in many ways with her elite tools,” Glasco stated. “She can hit for power, run the bases, play outstanding defense and throw out a runner with one of the most elite arms in college softball. Best of all, she is a great person to coach because of her desire to become an even better player.”
The Ragin Cajuns also added six players for the 2020 signing period. The Ragin’ Cajuns signed Taylor Fawcett (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle HS), Madison Garay (Bay City, Texas/Bay City HS), Sydnee Hebert (Dayton, Texas/Dayton HS), Kylie Neel (Richmond, Texas/Foster HS), Taylor Roman (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point HS) and Brittni Rufus (Mansfield, Texas/Lake Ridge HS). “We are extremely pleased with this signing class,” Glasco said. “This group allows us to fill our needs by adding a really good mix that includes two right-handed power hitters, one right-handed hitting center fielder with all five tools, and two left-handed hitters one of which has elite speed and the other the ability to develop power. “In addition, we have added a pitcher in Madison (Garay) who is crafty, spins the ball well and has the ability to mix speeds,” Glasco added. “Taylor (Roman) is an elite athlete who combines power and speed as well as any prospect in the country.” “We feel at this time our present roster is extremely solid,” Glasco stated. “We want this class to come in and add tools, options and depth early on in their careers.”
Is ace pitcher Megan Kleist the most recent player to be leaving Oregon? It’s been a rough time for The Ducks since head coach Mike White left to tale over the head coaching duties at Texas. Since then there has been a steady flow of star players leaving the team. What once looked like a very promising year for the star filled Oregon team now looks like it might turn in to a tough upcoming season for them.
Thanks to, Texas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Pitt and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns athletic departments for their help.