Texas head coach Mike White talks to his players during a game against Houston on May 19, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas starts building for the future as a trio of softball recruits commit to the Longhorns

Posted September 11th, 2019

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The fall schedule for the Texas softball team doesn’t get underway until October, but the Longhorns recently recorded a triple play on the recruiting trail.

Over the past few days, Texas received verbal commitments from Katie Cimusz, Sophia Simpson and Ryleigh White. Simpson, a utility player, and Cimusz, who catches, are both Texas-based prospects from the 2021 recruiting class. White is a 2020 pitcher from New Jersey.

White, who was once a Tennessee commit, is rated by Softball America as the 26th-best prospect in the 2020 recruiting class. MaxPreps recorded White with 277 strikeouts, 28 walks and a 0.67 ERA in 2019. She worked 136 innings at the Immaculate Heart Academy.

Cimusz’s commitment extends a pipeline between Humble Atascocita and Texas. (Senior outfielder Kaitlyn Washington and freshman catcher London Marder are ex-Eagles). Cimusz checks in at No. 21 on Softball America’s rankings of 2021 prospects. According to MaxPreps, Cimusz hit .512 with six home runs, 35 RBIs and 38 runs as a sophomore.

This past season, Simpson shared the District 21-5A MVP award with Barbers Hill teammates Jessica Mullins and Samantha Landry. Barbers Hill coach Aaron Fuller told the American-Statesman that Simpson is being recruited as a pitcher. Over 59 2/3 innings last season, Simpson compiled 125 strikeouts and a 1.87 ERA.

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