Almost every high school and club sport is seeing athletes being offered and “committing to colleges at younger and younger ages.” It’s not unusual to see eighth and ninth graders making verbals today, according to flosoftball.com.
Ally Shipman is one of the top softball players in her class. Shipman attends Valencia High in Valencia, California. “She is a smooth-fielding catcher, is known for her defensive prowess, sound mechanics and ability to manage pitchers like a seasoned college backstop,” stated Brentt Eads, reporter for flosports.
In November, after visiting major softball programs such as Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and UCLA, each of which would have gladly taken the talented recruit, according to flosoftball.com.
“Shipman is one of the handful of junior high players in softball who have already committed to major programs and there’s at least three dozen softball freshmen across the country who’ve also finalized their college plans,” stated Brentt Eads.
Giulia Koutsoyanopulos happens to be “one of the top softball prospects in the nation.” After visiting a University of Arizona prospect camp in October, Koutsoyanopulos, knew where she wanted to go, stated Carlos Arias, reporter for flosports.
“Two weeks later, on October 17th, I verbally committed. I’ve always been a fan of Arizona legend Jennie Finch. I have gone to Finch’s camps in Orange County every year since I was 8 years old. My coach, Mascarenas, was an All American at Arizona,” stated Koutsoyanopulos in an interview with Flosoftball.com.
“I had other prospect camp invites, but I didn’t go,” Koutsoyanopulos stated. “Arizona was the first and only prospect camp that I was invited to and went to. It was perfect, all I needed, and all I wanted.”
All the big time softball programs are recruiting top prospects younger and younger each year to stay competitive, according to flosoftball.com.