Cajuns recruiting features nation's No. 1 softball class, lots of juco baseball arms

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Update: The UL softball team added a pair of twins, first baseman/catcher Jacquelyn Adams and pitcher Jessica Adams of Bryan (Texas) High, to their highly regarded Class of 2021 signing class Tuesday. Jessica Adams (No. 55) and Jacqueline Adams (No. 82) both are ranked among Extra Inning Softball’s Elite 100 recruits, giving the Cajuns 10 on the elite list. The original story …

A class loaded with juco-arms highlighted a long list of signees for the UL baseball team when the NCAA signing period opened last week.

The Ragin’ Cajuns softball program, meanwhile, added a 10-member class of high school signees ranked No. 1 nationally by Extra Inning Softball.

The Cajuns’ signees for a baseball team that lost undrafted free agent arm Brandon Young to the Baltimore Orioles included six junior college pitchers: Bo Bonds (Chipola, Florida), Antoine Harris (Mississippi Gulf Coast), Tony Massi (Florida Manatee), Tommy Ray (John A. Logan, Illonois), Dylan Theut (Blinn, Texas) and Peyton Zabel (Iowa Western).

Ray’s brother Johnny pitches for TCU.

Harris was drafted was the Minnesota Twins out of high school, Zabel was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 19th round of the 2018 MLB Draft and Rossi turned down a free agent contract from the Detroit Tigers organization earlier this season.

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The Cajuns also signed six Class of 2021 high school products: utility players Jack Clark (White House, Texas) and Clint Lasiter (Benton High), left-handed pitcher Cole Elkins (Homstead, Indiana), first baseman Mason Zambo (Catholic High of Baton  Rouge) and Barbe High teammates Kyle DeBarge and Adam Guth.

DeBarge, a third baseman/catcheer, and Guthy, a southpaw pitcher who has drawn comparisons to ex-Cajuns star Gunner Leger, who is from the same high school, both played on Barbe’s 2019 Louisiana state-championship team.

“Everything for us begins and ends on the mound,” Cajuns baseball coach Matt Deggs said in a statement, “and we believe we have signed some really good arms that not only have very high ceilings, but also have a feel to pitch with their fastballs.

“All have the making of an out pitch … and have shown they can field their positions and hold runners.”

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UL coach Gerry Glasco has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class according to Extra Inning Softball.

Cajuns softball Gerry Glasco, meanwhile, called his class “a very deep and balanced group.”

Eight signees for UL, which was ranked No. 1 in national RPI ratings when the season shut down to the COVID-19 pandemic last March, are ranked among Extra Inning’s Elite 100 national recruits. The list is topped by Samantha Landry, a Texan (Barbers Hill High) ranked as the country’s No. 4 prospect.

Landry is among six signees from Texas who played together for Houston Hotshots-Dumezich travel ball squad, along with The Woodlands outfielder Kayla Falterman, Keller infielder Alexa Langeliers, Albany third baseman Elia Hebel, and Brenham outfielder Kramer Eschete and outfielder/utility player Samantha Graeter (Oak Ridge High).

Each of the six Hotshots-Dumezich teammates are on the Elite 100.

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Other Extra Innings’ top 100 recruited signed by UL: West Monroe High outfielder/utility player Maddie Hayden (No. 15) and St. Louis, Missouri-area high school corner infielder Laney Credeur (51).

Hayden is the sister of ex-Cajuns standout Haley Hayden and Credeur is a Lafayette native whose grandparents live in Carencro.

Rounding out UL’s softball signing class: Destrehan High pitcher Tyler Oubre and Fort Myers, Florida-area outfielder McKenzie Wittenberg.

The Cajuns also recently added two SEC transfers taking advantage of the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility to all spring sports participants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former Georgia teammates Justice Milz and Ciara Bryan.

Milz, a strong-hitting infielder from Kearney, Missouri, and Bryan, an outfielder from Covington, Georgia, who was a career .330 hitter in her three seasons with the Bulldogs.

Both Milz and Bryan played on Georgia’s 2018 Women’s College World Series team.

They’re among six Division I transfers to UL for the 2021 season, along with Jade Gortez (Arizona State), Karly Heath (South Carolina) and ex-Arizona teammates Jade Gortarez and Jenna Kean.

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