DURHAM, N.C. – With their inaugural season just around the corner, the Duke Blue Devils reeled in the 13th-ranked recruiting class during the early signing period for the 2018 season, Marissa Young announced Monday.
“I am extremely excited for the 2018 class additions to join our program in year two,” Young said. “This is a competitive group that is eager to help us build a championship culture.”
A total of seven players make up the Blue Devils’ 2018 class, with five of those ranked in FloSoftball’s Top 200 and three within the Top 100, which is the most amongst ACC schools. Duke holds the second-highest ranked class amongst ACC programs, falling just one spot behind 2017 Women’s College World Series participant Florida State.
Headlining the Blue Devils’ class is 54th-ranked Kristina Foreman (Tampa, Fla.), a talented C/SS that joins the Blue Devil squad as one of the top players in the state of Florida. Foreman, who currently plays travel ball with the East Cobb Bullets – Schnute, has hit over .500 in her three seasons so far. The five-tool player can display tremendous power, showcased by her 12 homers this past season, while also flashing her speed with more than 40 stolen bases. After earning Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State honors her freshman and sophomore campaigns, she was tabbed the 4A State Player of the Year in 2016.
Joining Foreman is fellow East Cobb Bullets – Schnute teammate Angie Biele. A pitcher from Johns Creek, Ga., Biele comes in at No. 64 in the latest FloSoftball rankings for the 2018 class. Biele’s dominance in the circle was key in her earning First Team All-Region honors, leading Mount Pisgah Christian reaching the state quarterfinals in 2016. As a junior she tallied a 24-4 record and recorded a scorching 179 strikeouts in 120 innings of work.
Also joining the Blue Devils in the circle is Cohutta, Ga., ace in the circle Shelby Walters, who is ranked 80th by FloSoftball. Walters has put together a tremendous career at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn., leading her squad to the TSSAA DII-AA State Championship in 2014 and runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2017. A 2017 Best of Preps honoree, Walters posted a 1.10 ERA last season, tallying four no-hitters and two perfect games for GPS, while posting 14 shutouts and six no-hitters for the Tennessee Fury last summer.
Kylie Coffelt will make her way to Durham as one of the top pitchers in the state of Ohio and the first player from the Buckeye State to play for the Blue Devil softball program. The Beloit, Ohio, native, who has reached as high as No. 62 in FloSoftball’s Top 100, is a two-time All-State honoree and a stud in the circle and at the plate for West Branch High School. Coffelt has tabbed over 100 strikeouts in her three seasons so far at WBHS. She has also spent her travel ball career with the Ohio Outlaws.
An outfielder and shortstop from Tallahassee, Fla., Caroline Jacobsen will join Young’s squad at Duke, as one of the Sunshine State’s top field players. She has put together a stellar career so far at Lawton Chiles High School, leading her squad to three district titles and culminating with a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Team nod last season after posting an impressive .506 clip at the plate. On the travel ball scene, she currently plays with the Santa Fe Inferno – Nowling squad, recording a fourth place finish at the 2017 18U Gold USA Nationals.
Deja Davis is a star middle infielder from Cerritos, Calif., that has put together an impressive career at Gahr High School. She has twice been named All-League and was tabbed Offensive MVP her sophomore season after leading her school to a league title. On the travel ball scene, Davis is a dominant force with the Ohana Tigers, leading them to a first place finish at USSSA Nationals in 2017, earning Offensive MVP honors.
The final member of the 2018 class is Brianna Butler, one of the top pitchers from the state of Georgia. The ace, who also plays first and third, will come to Durham via Greenbrier High School in Evans, Ga. Butler has been a star from the start, earning All-Region and All-State honors her freshman season en route to being the winning pitcher in the state championship game. She went back-to-back with All-State honors her second season and also was tabbed Region Pitcher of the Year the last two seasons. She was most recently with the Atlanta Vipers – Moore on the travel ball scene, claiming three championships, including the 2015 ASA/USA Junior Olympics 16U title.
Each one of the Blue Devils’ signees will be featured over the next seven weeks on GoDuke.com, starting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
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