The University of South Florida softball program inked three 2014 recruits on National Signing Day, head coach Ken Eriksen announced Wednesday. USF signed a pair of outfielders and a pitcher, as Susan Wysocki, Tacoia Williams and Juli Weber.
A lanky right-handed pitcher from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry, N.J., Susan Wysocki will add another pitcher to the Bulls’ mix in 2014. The Marlton, N.J. native earned First Team South Jersey Conference honors in each of the last three years, and was the First Team All-South Jersey Pitcher in 2012.Wysocki is also accomplished in the classroom, with positions on the National Honor Society and Academic Honor Roll.
Her national exposure comes through major travel programs and national tournaments. Wysocki has an impressive travel ball resume. She has played for the runners-up of the 2011 National Championship (the Newtown Rock Gold-Waye) with current Bulls D’Anna Devine and Sam Greiner. She also pitched for the Mini-Bulls in the ISF World 16U Club Championships (silver medal) and is currently pitching for the former 18U Gold National Champions, the Gold Coast Hurricanes.
“Susan brings a tremendous amount of potential to our program. She has the tools to become a very good collegiate pitcher and I am excited about the opportunity to see her flourish at this level. She has some great mentors in the current pitching staff here,” Eriksen said. “Coming to Florida will give Susan the opportunity to finally get consistent with a routine that benefits all that come to the warm weather as a pitcher.”
The former equestrian rider and show jumper will now focus on keeping her landing feet on the ground at USF.
Adding to the 2014 class is Tacoia Williams - a power hitting outfielder from Palm Beach Gardens High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. Williams is one of two outfielders committing to play for the Bulls under Eriksen next school year.
“I am pretty pumped up about Tacoia’s decision to come to USF. She will give us another feared hitter in the line-up. The great thing about her offense is that as much as everyone thinks home run, I see a very good hitter that can run also,” Eriksen said. “She has tremendous discipline at the plate for a young hitter, and that bodes well for keeping the pressure on the opposing pitching staff.”
A left-handed outfielder from Valleyview, Pa., Juli Weber rounds out the strong group of signees.
Weber made her mark nationally by playing with the Wagner’s travel team, coached by Reese Kiple. Her former teammate, Erica Nunn, is a freshman on this year’s USF squad. By displaying her power and speed from the lead-off spot, Eriksen said she caught his eye the first time he saw her.
“Julie Weber is an outstanding athlete who will fit right in at this level of fast pitch softball,” he said. “Her uncanny ability to go get the ball in the outfield and to make things happen at the plate will keep the opposition on their toes. I have already seen some great on-the-field leadership skills in Julie, and I know that will translate to being a fierce competitor on the field.”
Weber led her high school basketball team deep into the state playoffs and already set many scoring record, with her senior season yet to come. She showed interest in continuing her basketball career, but instead will pursue her quest for a National Championship with the USF softball team.