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  1. She was a Mississippi State commit but with new recruiting rules backed off her pledge as we have noticed from a number of recruits. She visited a few schools recently over the past few months, one of them being Auburn. Within the past day or two (after my initial post on her) she has committed to South Carolina.
  2. I guess she committed in the past few days then. Flosoftball just did an article on 2021 Auburn commit, Jessie Blaine.
  3. FloSoftball doing their rankings now. Flo does a true top 100 whereas ExtraInnings Softball shows ties and has more like 125 - 130 players in their top 100. Sydney Cox at #100 (#93 for EIS) Kelsey Schmidt at #96 (#77) Paige Geraghty at #63 (#21) Denver Bryant at #20 (#22) Shelby Lowe at #8 (#11) Maddie Penta at #2 (#3) Another 2020 player who has visited Auburn recently is 3B Zoe Laneaux from Georgia Impact - Lewis. She is ranked #48 for EIS and #23 for Flo. She has also visited South Carolina, Arkansas, and Mississippi State (where she was once committed). You can probably find some truth somewhere between the two rankings. I think ExtraInnings put a little more emphasis on recent success in either 18U or 16U whereas Flo put more emphasis on ceiling and competition level (18U vs 16U). This would explain why Lowe was the 3rd best pitcher in Flo but 7th in EIS, and Geraghty was #21 in EIS but #63 for Flo. Either way I think 3-5 players will have a big impact in either their freshman or sophomore year and beyond.
  4. Agreed. November 13th cannot get here soon enough.
  5. I can’t argue with not losing top recruits - especially two of the caliber of Barnhart and Pannell. We still have a number of really good recruits in the 2021 and 2022 class at the moment. These classes were majorly affect by the recruiting rules though and some turnover, even if they committed to Dean, might be expected. I’m hopeful Penta and Lowe can have an immediate impact to prove to recruits that Dean can win. This could go a long way in getting someone like Pannell back on the commit list.
  6. I don’t know much about Cox either. ExtraInnings said she plays shortstop and hits for a high average (.655, 5 HR, only struck out three times all season). This was school ball in North Carolina, so I am unsure of the competition level. Geraghty and Schmidt are both very fast outfielders that play for the same 18U Beverly Bandits team. Geraghty can bunt, slap, and hit for power, while Schmidt is more of a power hitter. Bryant seems to be an incredible athlete that makes outstanding plays in the field and hits for a lot of power. Both Bryant and Geraghty both jumped significantly in the rankings since last year, so I guess they had very good years at the 16U level. Like I said In my earlier post. Lowe and Penta are two of the top pitchers in the class. They are the aces for their club and high school teams, so they pitch a lot of innings. Lowe might get some support on the Thunderbolts this year with Alabama commit, Jaala Torrence, moving up. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Dean rest their arms next fall like he has done with KK this fall.
  7. We have six commitments for 2020 - all of whom are in ExtraInning’s top 100 players. The guy who does these rankings used to FloSoftballs. Sydney Cox, MIF, Carolina Cardinals - ranked #93 - Don’t know much about her. Kelsey Schmidt, OF, Beverly Bandits - ranked #77 - committed to Dean at JMU and switched her commitment when he came to Auburn. Denver Bryant, SS/OF, TN Mojo - ranked #22 - played baseball majority of life, including on USA Junior Women’s Baseball Team. Paige Geraghty, OF, Beverly Bandits - ranked #21 - Flipped from LA Lafayette and former Auburn hitting coach Gerry Glasco. Shelby Lowe, P, Birmingham Thunderbolts - ranked #11 - Lefty that led her team to a PGF 16U championship in 2018 - one of the top 5 pitchers in the class. Maddie Penta, P, PA Chaos - ranked #3 - also one of the top 5 pitchers in the class. While I do not necessarily agree with all their rankings, this is still the best pitching class in the country. Both Lowe and Penta are game changing, strikeout pitchers. I think Dean will be able to recreate the success he had at JMU with these two and KK Dismukes over the next few years. The position players are solid pickups for Dean. They seem to be very athletic and fast. Both Bryant and Geraghty have come on strong over the past year. If you mix in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 classes, we should start seeing similar success that we did Myers, just might be led by pitching rather than hitting.