Wednesday, November 11, 2015

FloSoftball ranks Fresno State as No. 18 recruiting class nationally


Fresno State head softball coach Trisha Ford and her staff know how to recruit.  That's the word from FloSoftball, the popular web site that bills itself as the definitive source for all things fastpitch.

Ten days ago, FloSoftball's Brentt Eads listed defending Mountain West champion Fresno State as having one of the leading recruiting classes in the country for 2016.  The site ranked the Bulldogs as the No. 18 overall recruiting class in the nation, with Ford set to sign four of the top 100 softball players in the country.  Fresno State is the nation's only team outside of the traditional power conferences to have a recruiting class ranked in the top 25.

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The early national signing period began today, and Fresno State signed a potential future star from the state of Arizona.  Leading the way among Mountain West signees, according to FloSoftball and most analysts, is national top 50 recruit Giselle Juarez of Glendale, Arizona.  The Mountain Ridge High School product originally verbally committed to the Arizona Wildcats before later switching to the Bulldogs.  Her signing today gives Ford her most high-profile recruit yet as she enters her fourth season at the helm of Fresno State.

Juarez has led Mountain Ridge to back-to-back appearances in the Division I (large school) Arizona state high school championship final game the past two seasons.  A two-time, first-team All-State selection, the 6-foot-tall left-hander is known for her grit, toughness and desire to win.  Juarez shined this summer in travel ball with the Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier squad at the 40-team DeMarini Invitational Showcase.  At that highly-competitive tournament featuring a number of NCAA Division I-bound players, Juarez went unbeaten (including a perfect game) in leading her team to the championship title.

Fresno State, according to FloSoftball, is said to be on the verge of announcing the signing of four of the nation's top 100 recruits.

With today being the Veteran's Day Holiday, not all schools in the Mountain West listed complete recruiting classes.  Boise State announced a promising and talented 7-member recruiting class Wednesday, but most schools will announce their full classes as the week goes on.  The early signing period concludes next week and we will update it all here.

You can read more about FloSoftball at their web site here.