DURHAM, N.C. – One of the Sunshine State’s best players is Durham bound, as head coach Marissa Young announced the signing of Florida standout Kamryn Jackson.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Jackson will join the Blue Devil once wrapping up her career at Sickles High School. Through her first three seasons, she owns a .380 average at the plate, tallying 57 hits, 50 runs, 44 runs batted in, 11 doubles, eight triples and three homers. The utility player also owns a .481 on-base percentage and .620 slugging clip heading into her senior year.
In her most recent season, Jackson tallied career highs in runs (27), RBI (25), hits (24), doubles (6) and home runs (3), along with OBP (.506) and slugging percentage (.661) to lead SHS to a District Championship. Jackson, who was named the team’s MVP, turned in a 2-for-3 performance, driving in a pair of runs to push Sickles past Steinbrenner, 7-1. Jackson’s play helped SHS earn a regional quarterfinal bid to the 2018 FHSAA 8A Championship.
Jackson’s impressive junior season came after suffering a knee injury the year prior, cutting her sophomore campaign down to nine games. Despite the injury, Jackson was able to record 13 hits and drive in 11 runs while scoring nine of her own, earning the program’s Heart and Hustle honor for the second-straight season. Of those 13 hits, four were triples and three were doubles.
The opening campaign for Jackson saw her register a .385/.475/.500 line, tallying a pair of doubles and triples along with eight RBI. Jackson’s play helped Sickles reel in 16 victories, including eight wins in their first 10 contests. Jackson reeled in one player of the week laurel in the process.
On the travel ball scene, Jackson has six years of experience, with the last five coming with the Tampa Mustangs Bell squad. Her travel ball career began with Gold Coast Cooper.
The daughter of Jay and Heather Jackson, Kamryn was born Sept. 23, 2000 in Atlanta, Ga. She has one younger brother, Chase. Off the field, Sickles is a member of numerous organizations, including the National Honors Society, SERT Club, PTSA Club, Interact Club and Friendship Club.
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Favorite Softball Memory?
“The game back returning from my knee injury.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“I played tee ball when I was five and then the next year I got into softball.”
Who Has Made the Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My dad. He is always there helping me on and off the field.”
Why Did You Choose Duke?
“Duke has amazing academics and it’s exciting to be a part of a new softball program.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“Enroll to Duke in the summer and successfully acclimate to college.”
“Hanging out with my friends, going to the beach, football, swimming and working out.”
“Steph Curry, because he was an underdog who went to a small college, but is now doing big things in the NBA.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport in College You Would Pick?
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“Relax and stay positive.”