“LSU Gets Player To Commit Before She Finishes High School Softball” Written By Bill Plummer
High school softball players usually commit sometime during their high school career. It's rare when an athlete commits even before starting their high school career or even before she played her first game of her freshman season.
But although Shelby Wickersham of New Orleans, LA hasn't played her first season of high school softball, she knows where she wants to go to college to play softball–=LSU. Shelby has already committed to LSU despite the fact she won't graduate from high school until 2018.
While some may wonder why Shelby committed so early, Shelby didn't have any problem in committing earlier than normal. “It feels like I am in a dream. I never would have thought that I would have committed this early, but I am super happy it worked out the way it did. I'm glad to have the recruiting process over and now I can just focus on developing into being the best pitcher I can possibly be.”
Already 5-foot-11 Shelby also played volleyball and basketball in addition to softball, and in fact had made the varsity volleyball team at Mt. Carmel High School in New Orleans. But after talking to her travel ball coaches, she decided to concentrate only on softball. They advised her that to get to the next level of softball to concentrate on her pitching and getting out to different exposure tournaments.
Before committing to LSU, Shelby went on unofficial visits to Alabama, South Alabama and Mississippi and had a few visits planned in the fall. She, however, cancelled them after committing to LSU. “I always knew that LSU was truly where I wanted to be, but I wanted to keep other options open just in case it did not work out, Shelby told FullCountSoftball.com
LSU coaches watched Shelby play in different tournaments and soon after they offered her an unofficial visit. During the visit LSU offered her a scholarship and she didn't waste time in saying “yes.”
“I had always known that LSU was the first choice, so I committed within ten minutes of them offering. It was truly the best option for me because it was exactly what I was looking for, and no other school could beat it. It’s close to home, has great coaches and is one of the top softball programs in the country. It has the prettiest campus, the nicest facilities with great academics, and in the best location- it just cannot be anymore perfect, “said Shelby.
As we all know alot can happen during an athlete's high school, or college year, but Wickersham is happy with her choice, and she figures to only get better during her four years of high school softball. She hasn't played her first high school game “but is looking forward to being part of the team. Mount Carmel has many amazing athletes, and I am very blessed and humbled to play with them.”
Wickersham,who throws in the 63 miles per hour range, led her travel ball team to the USSSA 12-under championship and she was named the tournament MVP. She said that was one of the top highlights of her career and who knows what the future holds for this precious young pitcher who knows where she is headed and figures to have more highlights in her ever developing career. Only time will tell.
Bill Plummer A 1973 graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than five decades. For 30 years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office in Oklahoma City as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian.
In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2008, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2013 he co-authored “A Series Of Their Own”. Visit his website at PlummerSoftball.com.
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