DURHAM, N.C. – For the second-straight year, the Duke softball program has reeled in a Top 25 recruiting class, as head coach Marissa Young announced the addition of three new Blue Devils for the class of 2019 on Monday.
Young’s 2019 class is ranked 25th according to FloSoftball’s recruiting class rankings, making the Blue Devils the third-highest ACC program. Notre Dame leads the conference at No. 7, while Florida State is 16th. This is the second-consecutive year that Duke has put together a recruiting class that finished top three in the league.
Headlining the Blue Devils’ class is 28th-ranked Gisele Tapia (Long Beach, Calif.), a talented infielder that joins the Blue Devil squad as one of the best in the state of California. Tapia, who has earned all-league selections every season, is a standout at Gahr High School and has been a star on the travel ball level for the Corona Angels. The infielder owns a .400-plus average at the plate, accumulating 76 hits, 45 runs scored, 39 runs driven in, 19 doubles and five home runs in her time at GHS. The past two seasons have been the best for Tapia so far, racking up 69 hits, 41 runs and 35 RBI over the stretch while also landing on the Press-Telegram’s 2018 Softball Dream Team.
Next up in the Blue Devils’ class is Kamryn Jackson, a Tampa, Fla., native and standout at Sickles High School. Jackson owns a .380 average at the plate over three years, tallying 57 hits, 50 runs, 44 runs batted in, 11 doubles, eight triples and three homers so far in her career. The utility player also owns a .481 on-base percentage and .620 slugging percentage through her first three seasons with SHS. After only playing in nine games during her sophomore season, Jackson busted back on the scene by reeling in MVP honors for her junior campaign. She has also been a star on the travel ball level, playing the last five years for Tampa Mustangs Bell.
Rounding out Duke’s No. 25 class is Suwanee, Ga., native Felise Collins. The outfielder has been a star for Peachtree Ridge High School, owning a .400-plus average at the plate in her four seasons and flashing her power with 19 home runs. Collins made her presence known in year two at PRHS, leading the county with seven home runs and earning All-County and Offensive Player of the Year honors. She would be named OPOTY against in 2017 and earned captain status on her squad for her senior season. On the travel ball scene, Collins has been a member of the East Cobb Bullets, reaching as high as No. 82 in FloSoftball’s Top 100 and helping her team capture first place in the 2018 Triple Crown National Championship.
Each one of the Blue Devils’ signees will be featured over the next three weeks on GoDuke.com, starting on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
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