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.
I’m extremely excited to announce that I have decided to further my academic and softball career at University of Texas at Austin! First i would like to thank God for giving me the ability to play this great sport, as well as my coaches and my family helping me along the way.🧡🧡 pic.twitter.com/udPFgaVOhcAdvertisement
— ❁ sophiaa ❁ (@sophiaaa_simp) September 8, 2019
Very excited to announce that i’ll be continuing my academic and softball career at the University of Texas! Thank you to everyone for the love and support throughout the years. HOOK EM 🤘🏼🧡 pic.twitter.com/XQltK5WYiZ
— Kt Cimusz (@katiecimusz) September 9, 2019
— Ryleigh White (@ryewhite07) September 10, 2019
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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