ShowMeMizzou takes a look at a couple of student-athletes who have verbally committed to play softball for Coach Ehren Earleywine as part of Missouri's 2011 recruiting class.
Corrin Genovese 5'7" 121 lbs. is a switch-hitting infielder from Williamsville North High, located northeast of Buffalo (NY). She also plays for the New Jersey-based Jersey Intensity, which finished seventh at the Gold Nationals last summer in Oklahoma City. She's a right-handed thrower who has been timed in 3.1 seconds from home to first from the right side, and in 2.8 seconds from home to first from the left side of the plate. She was 1 of 30 players from across the country named by ESPN Rise and Under Armour for the Under Armour All-America game last summer.
Her high school coach, Rick Bubar, talked about Corrin Genovese.
"She's a fantastic athlete," said Bubar. "As a junior, she broke the school's career scoring record for basketball. She's just a great athlete! She's a fantastic softball player. She is our team leader in hits, runs, average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. She's our shortstop, and leads the infield. She's the best player I've ever coached, for sure."
Genovese was named 2nd Team All-Western New York in basketball as a junior. She plays point guard, and her 1,053 career points is a school record. As a junior she led the Lady Spartans in points (17.2 ppg.), assists (5.8 apg.), steals (5.5 pg.), blocked shots (2.2 pg.), and she was second in rebounding (5.6 rpg.). She was named Tournament MVP at the Pastor - Cooper Invitational Tournament.
She led her school's softball team to the state quarterfinals as a sophomore, and was named All-Conference as both a freshman and as a sophomore. She was also named Conference Player of the Year and All Western New York as a sophomore. She is reportedly under consideration for state Player of the Year as a junior, and she is the school's career leader in hits (91), runs (73), and batting average (.425). She's been playing varsity softball since the eighth grade, leading her team to a combined 52-16 four-year record, while slugging .621 thus far over her career.
"She's a fantastic kid," said Coach Bubar, as he continued to talk about Genovese. "The one thing that really separates Corrin from all the players around here is just her athletic ability. Nobody can do what she does athletically. She has more range than anybody at shortstop. She's faster down the line than anybody. She has an innate sense about how to play the game, as well. Often times with girls, they're somewhat mechanical. And, she is not. She's very, very fluid."
Genovese talked about her experience as an Under Armour All-American.
"Being given the title of Under Armour All-American really gave me confidence," said Genovese. "If I was considered one of the top thirty girls in the nation as a sophomore, I figured I could play somewhere that we could win a National Championship."
In addition to Missouri, Genovese was heavily recruited by Arizona, Arkansas, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Canisius, and Niagara, among others. She talked about her decision to play for the Tigers.
"What more could you ask for than a team that just keeps getting better and better?" Genovese asked rhetorically. "When I went there, I just fell in love with the campus. But, it was really Coach E, and Coach PJ, and Coach Tucci. Those three were just amazing! I couldn't ask for anything more."
She talked about the impact on her decision of the time she was able to spend with Jenna Marston and some of the other Missouri players.
"They were so fun!" said Corrin. "It seemed like that was just where I fit. Those girls reminded me of myself.............. And, my parents were so happy that I had found the right place."
SS Taylor Gadbois 5'9" 140 lbs. Maryville (MO) throws right and bats right, and hit .548 during her junior season, with a .566 on-base percentage, and stole 28 bases out of 30 attempts, and scored 33 runs, all school records. She also posted a .699 slugging percentage, with 17 RBIs. Following her junior season and verbal commitment to the Tigers, she's undertaken learning to switch hit. She can play anywhere in the field, and could end up as a middle infielder or outfielder at Mizzou.
"As a player," said Maryville Softball Coach Jacqueline Conn, "she is someone who is very competitive and very aggressive. She's usually our lead-off batter, because she is so quick, and she puts a lot of pressure on the defense............... She's scored a lot of runs for us.............. She has a very strong arm, and a very quick release. She's very quick, and she can cover a lot of ground."
Gadbois holds a number of school records in multiple sports, including 12.31 seconds in the 100 meters, and 25.1 seconds in the 200 meters, and single-season school records in basketball for rebounds and steals. She's just shy of the school's career rebounding record, which she should eclipse early in her senior year.
She also plays for a summer team called The Originals, and has been timed from home to first from the right side of the plate in 2.62 seconds, and from the left side in 2.55 seconds.
In addition to being named First Team All-State in softball for 2009, Gadbois was named All-Conference, All-District, and All-Region for 2007 and 2008.
Taylor Gadbois reported that she had been recruited by LSU, Miami, Nebraska, and Northwestern, among others. She talked about her decision to play softball at Missouri.
"I've always liked Mizzou," said Gadbois. "I've always been a Missouri fan. I like Coach Earleywine. He's a really good coach. I just always wanted to go there."
She also talked about the quality of Missouri's softball program, and the fact that it is an improving program, as additional attractive features.
When asked for a scouting report on herself, Gadbois replied, "I work hard, and I'm very competitive. I just love the game!"
Both Gadbois and Genovese plan to sign with Missouri in November.