Nov. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Four future Florida State softball student-athletes have inked their National Letters of Intent to begin competing with the Seminoles in the 2013-14 academic year.
Incoming Seminoles Rylan Harvey (Mont Belvieu, Texas/Barbers Hill HS), Victoria Daddis (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside HS), Ellie Cooper (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit HS) and Lauren Harris (St. Cloud, Fla./Harmony HS) are set to join the Florida State softball program next fall.
"We are very excited about this year's class," head coach Lonni Alameda stated. "We've got four players who can make significant contributions to our program. Ellie Cooper is an energetic ball player who wants to play at the highest level. Rylan Harvey will add plenty of depth and power to our team. Lauren Harris is a strong-armed outfielder who gets better every time she steps on the field, and Victoria Daddis is an extremely athletic shortstop who will contribute right away with her glove and speed and can play several positions on the field."
Harvey has made herself known as a quality pitcher in the Lone Star State, taking home several district and area honors. She was a three-time all-area Baytown Sun player in her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and also displayed excellent leadership qualities as a three-year team captain.
Harvey also was a sound first baseman at Barbers Hill High, earning District 19-4A First Team honors twice and being named the district MVP as a freshman. She led her team to district championships in three of her four seasons played, including undefeated seasons in her sophomore and junior years. Harvey also excelled as a track and field athlete and volleyball player at the amateur level.
"FSU just felt like home," Harvey said. "The coaches and players have already made me feel like family. I can't wait to become a Nole and make a difference."
Daddis has been a sound offensive performer at Creekside High, leading all of St. Johns County in batting average with a .456 mark in 2011. In 2012, Daddis was an All-First Coast selection, an all-county first-team performer and earned a spot on the Miracle Sports All-Florida High School 5A First Team. She was named the Miracle Sports All-Florida High School 5A Defensive Player of the Year last season.
Daddis was vital in leading both her club team in Florida Select and her high school squad to much success. As a junior she guided Creekside High to both a conference and district championship, and helped Florida Select to an Amateur Softball Association Southern National Runner-up finish. Her club team was honored as the United States Specialty Sports Association/ESPNHS 18U Gold "A" World Series champions.
Cooper is originally a New Zealand native born in Wellington. She recently finished up a strong career at Rockwood Summit High with first-team all-state honors and the Suburban South Conference Player of the Year award for the second time. Cooper also was named a second-team all-state performer as a sophomore and junior.
Cooper played with the Beverly Bandits club team, aiding their first-place finish at the Boulder Independence Day tournament in 2011. Cooper was also a member of the Junior New Zealand National softball team that placed fifth at the 2011 Junior Women's World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. She competed for the junior national team again in 2012 at the Women's World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
"I signed my LOI to FSU because it is the perfect place to challenge myself, grow as a person on the field and off the field while getting a great education," Cooper said of her signing. "There is no other place I'd rather be! Go Noles!"
Harris is known as a quick learner with a strong arm in the outfield, contributing greatly to her high school squad. As a sophomore she batted .400 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and eight doubles. She reached base nearly 45 percent of the time and slugged at a .711 clip. During her time at Harmony High she played centerfield, shortstop and pitched as well.
The St. Cloud, Fla. native showed she was ready for varsity ball at a young age, batting .333 with four home runs and 17 RBIs as a freshman in the 2009-10 academic year. Harris developed a reputation for being extremely coachable and maximizing her talent and figures to help the Seminoles at the collegiate level.
Florida State begins its 2013 season by hosting the Panhandle Invitational on Feb. 8 against cross-town opponent Florida A&M at 6 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field.
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