This week will start early signing day (Wednesday, November 9, 2016) for NCAA Softball. With our verbal list at 114 verbals we are looking for many of our 89, 2017 verbals to be signing with the Southeast schools and we will be tracking them here at DownSouthSoftball.com. Since we are close to signing period we wanted to take breakdown our master list for our 2017 verbals.
Coach Whitley at Catawba, Coach Lucas at Young Harris, and Coach Hall at North Greenville have been the busiest in the 2017 class. All 3 programs currently have 6 verbals in the 2017 class. Both Catawba and Young Harris must be looking to add some more depth as Catawba will be replacing 3 seniors and Young Harris replacing 2. North Greenville is looking to replace a large senior class with them losing 5 seniors. Conference Carolina team Limestone and South Atlantic school Queens look to be bolstering their team with 5 verbals. Limestone is in need replacing 6 seniors on this years team. While, Queens new head Coach Schramm must be looking for big changes. She will only be graduating 2 and brought in 8 freshman this year (2016). If all sign opening the 2018 season Queens could have up to 13 sophomore and freshman on a young team that may be building up to something big.
As far as travel teams, Team NC boasts the biggest recruiting class in 2017 for Southeast schools. Team NC has currently 11 verbals of the 88 in the 2017 class. Carolina Elite has the most names on our list with 14 but only 7 of them are 2017. Carolina Elite is ahead of the game for the next two years with 5 verbals in the 2018 class and 2 in 2019 class to Southeast schools. The Cape Fear Storm and Bandits (NC) each have 5 players who have verbaled to our Down South schools.
With all that said we will really see the proof in the pudding over the next week with who signs at schools. Many times minds change, money changes, and admissions can be a block so we will see a much clearer picture of who will be hitting the field in 2018 for our Southeast schools. The signing period goes from Wednesday, Nov 9 through Wednesday, Nov 16. Please feel free to update us through our contact page and tag us on twitter in any signings we would love to recognize all those who are heading on to a Down South Softball school.