ShowMeMizzou.com introduces another verbal commit for Coach Ehren Earleywine's 2013 recruiting class. A talented middle infield prospect set to sign with Missouri this November is Kelli Schkade 5'7' 130 Albany (TX), who also plays for the Texas Glory Gold.
Schkade is a multisport athlete who was named District MVP in volleyball, and is a three-time state qualifier in track. She recently set a region record in the 400 meters with a winning time of 57.85 seconds at the Region I 1A meet. She has also posted personal bests of 12.8 seconds in the 100 meters, and 25.4 seconds in the 200 meters.
Schkade plays shortstop for Albany High, where so far, she's garnered All-State honors as a freshman and as a sophomore. She hit .536 during her sophomore year. About half-way through her junior season, she had a BA of .646., a slugging percentage of 1.361, and a .680 on-base percentage, along with 8 HRs.
"She's an overall great kid," said Albany softball coach Jimmy Fuentes. "She's a lot of fun to coach! She's very athletic, very talented. She works hard. I mean, she's always on the softball field. She loves playing. She's the kind of kid that you want. You wish everybody on the team was like her…………………………………. She's way better than good. And, she's really fast!"
Schkade also plays second base for Texas Glory Gold, coached by Kevin Shelton. He said that Schkade will play shortstop for him next year, before she matriculates to Missouri. Her older sister, Jami, plays softball at Illinois.
Schkade comes to the Texas Glory Gold, which is based in the Dallas area, from the Houston-based Impact Gold summer team.
"We're really happy to have Kelli (Schkade) on our team," said Coach Shelton. "She's a real asset. We think she's going to make a difference for us."
"The thing that I've noticed about her is that she's really hard on herself," continued Coach Shelton. "She expects to do very well. She's kind of a perfectionist. She doesn't stay down on herself, but she expects to play at a high level. She's really athletic! She may be the fastest kid on our team. In fact, that's one thing that is a little surprising, is just how ridiculously fast she is!"
Not only does Schkade run fast, she's also considered to have very fast hands. She's drawn on-the-field comparisons to current Missouri freshman Corrin Genovese.
"I had other scholarship offers," explained Schkade. "But mainly, I decided between Syracuse, Texas Tech, and Missouri…………………………………………. All of the schools were really good. They all had good facilities, and they all offered a good education, but I really liked Missouri's coaching staff. I liked how they taught. Coach Earleywine is a really big family man, which is really important to me. And, they have an excellent softball program."
Schkade is looking forward to coming to Missouri.
"I'm really excited to be able to experience (playing college softball)," said Schkade. "I mean, I've dreamed about this my whole life, and for it to actually come true, is just amazing!"
"I'm just ready to get to experience it," continued Schkade. "I'm just excited to be a part of the team."