DURHAM, N.C. – A star on the Georgia softball scene rounds out Duke’s 25th-ranked 2019 recruiting class, as head coach Marissa Young announced the signing of Felise Collins.
A native of Suwanne, Ga., Collins will join the Blue Devils after a standout career at Peachtree Ridge High School. Over her four seasons, Collins owned a .400-plus average at the plate while showcasing her power with 19 total home runs.
Collins wasted no time in getting her name on the map, turning in a .401 clip with a .518 on-base percentage and four homers in her first season. She was just as impressive in the field, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Year two was a career best for Collins, as she turned in a scorching .417 batting average and .527 OBP along with a career-high seven home runs, which led the county. For her efforts, Collins was named to the All-County Team and was tabbed PRHS Offensive Player of the Year. Collins followed that with a second-straight Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2017, hitting .345 with a trio of bombs and turning in a .913 fielding percentage.
Collins recorded a .397 average in her senior campaign along with a .470 OBP. The PRHS team captain also recorded five home runs and career highs in hits (29), RBI (23) and runs scored (21).
For her travel ball career, Collins is a member of East Cobb Bullets as an outfielder and first baseman. Collins reached as high as 82nd in FloSoftball’s Hot 100 and helped her squad capture first place in the Triple Crown National Championship in 2018.
The daughter of Calvin and Felisha Collins, Felise was born Nov. 3, 2000 in Lawrenceville, Ga. She has two younger brothers, Corey and Christian, and a younger sister, Felisity. Her father was a member of the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings during his National Football League career that spanned from 1997-2004.
Off the field, Collins was a leader for Lions for Life at PRHS and a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) in 2017.
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Favorite Softball Memory?
“My favorite softball memory was when I hit the game-winning grand slam at PGF Nationals in the summer of 2016 against Texas Impact Gold.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“I wanted to try something new after doing gymnastics for a few years. I fell in love with softball and I kept playing ever since.”
Who Has Made the Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My dad has made the biggest impact on my life because he encourages me to be a better softball player and to practice discipline every day. He never lets up, not even for a minute, and is the best softball coach I’ve ever had. He taught me to push myself from the inside out and to never rely solely on talent.”
Why Did You Choose Duke?
“I have visited the Duke campus three times since 2016 as a prospective softball student athlete. On each visit, Coach Young and her staff warmly welcomed me as a guest of the Duke family. Months before the softball stadium was built, I stood in front of the digital image of what was to come in Coach Young’s office and decided I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I learned about the team’s commitment to academic excellence as athletes and as global citizens. It is important to me to continue my studies in a culturally diverse environment that will give me many avenues to explore academically and allow me to contribute to an ACC Championship for Duke Softball. I am considering a major in political science with aspirations to serve my community as a judge. Duke is a good match for me because the curriculum offered by the Trinity College and the opportunity to be a part of the Duke Softball program.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“I plan to study law and become a judge.”
“I enjoy reading historical fiction and baking deserts.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport in College You Would Pick?
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“The best advice I’ve ever received was from my 8th grade math teacher. Mrs. Pearce told me that the one thing that will separate you from other people is how hard your work.”