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Gophers add another player to the 2022 class - Brijana 'Breezy' Burnett from Jacksonville, FL. Had been committed to Duke, but reopened her recruiting recently. Here is an older article about her:
She sounds like a good one!
 

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Gophers add another player to the 2022 class - Brijana 'Breezy' Burnett from Jacksonville, FL. Had been committed to Duke, but reopened her recruiting recently. Here is an older article about her:
She sounds like a good one!
That 2022 recruiting class is looking real nice. We need an infusion of talent in that class. I like that she is listed as primarily an outfielder. We’ve been solid but not spectacular defensively there. Breezy could change that immediately.

Extra Innings had her at #22 overall and #4 among outfielders in the 2022 class at one time. Although I put little emphasis on softball recruiting rankings, it’s worth pointing out.
 

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I also agree with the unimportance of recruiting rankings, but it looks as though some future Gophers are getting some respect. No mention of Burnett anywhere...seems a bit odd, but again, I don't take too much stock in the rankings. These are from the most recent extra innings top 200 of the 2022 class.

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T-43—Jessica Oakland, MIF, Cal Nuggets – Woods (Minnesota)
Jessica, or “Jess” as she is also known, is an elite level athlete. She has the ability to throw on the move from a variety of arm slots and has pure offensive power with the ability to hit to all sides of the field. Her Nuggets coaches say: “She is a leader on the field and an excellent communicator. Jess has sticky hands, an elite level glove and is a rare mix of a fierce competitor, a loyal teammate and an absolute stud on both sides of the ball.” The infielder helped her Nuggets team finish 9th at Boulder IDT, 5th at Triple Crown Nationals and 17th at PGF Nationals. Last Spring, Jess helped St. Francis (San Jose, California) High finish with a 26-0 record to capture the Central Coast Section title. She hit .612 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs on the season. Recently, she was named the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year for 2021.



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T-54—Sydney Schwartz, P/3B, Beverly Bandits – Holloway (Minnesota)
Sydney was the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year last year and will stay within the state borders to play for the Minnesota Gophers. She is more of a dropball pitcher with a tough changeup and when not shutting down hitters can play defensively at first or even third base. She’s also a standout hitter and bats in the 4 and-5-spots for the Bandits. Her versatility in where she can play on defensive gives her teams a lot of options. For Chanhassen High she earned 1st Team All-State and for the third year was All-Conference. She already holds the school records for career strikeouts, strikeouts in a game (18), perfect games (three in one season), career batting average (.502), on-base percentage (.581) and slugging percentage (.883).



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More praise for future Gopher Jess Oakland:​


SportStars’ Season-Opening NorCal Softball Top 20​

Chace Bryson, provided by SportStars Magazine
Feb. 24, 2022


1. ST. FRANCIS-MOUNTAIN VIEW (26-0 in 2021)​

It’s Jessica Oakland’s world and the rest of Bay Area softball is simply living in it. The Minnesota-bound Cal-Hi Sports State Junior of the Year last season led the state with 19 home runs and hit .612 with 55 RBI. She brought some friends back with her, too. Including hurler Chloe Cummings who finished with a 12-0 record and 0.86 ERA through 73 innings pitched. Cummings’ battery mate, Sydney Stewart, returns to the lineup after hitting a robust .559 with 12 home runs, eight doubles and four triples. The undefeated section champs are most certainly the team to beat. But considering they outscored their 26 opponents by a combined score of 267-30, that’s not going to be easy.
 



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I won't believe it until I see them in uniform and in the starting lineup on game 1.
 


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Had not noticed that Brooklyn Jones, a catcher from Anoka HS, has committed to Minnesota.
https://www.mnsoftballhub.com/news_article/show/1228344

Brooklyn Jones​

School: Anoka
Position: catcher
Year: junior
College committed: Minnesota
A natural at catcher. Frames pitches and has a strong arm and remarkably quick release. Has extraordinary pop in her bat. Hit .492 with 20 extra-base hits, highlighted by nine HR, and 35 RBI. Hit .469 with two outs.
 




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Only two Jrs. on first team All-Metyro and both are Gopher commits. Any rumors out there about portal players that are interested in Minnesota.
 

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Jess Oakland named California Softball Player of the Year!
Link to the article https://www.calhisports.com/2022/06/27/ms-softball-2022-jessica-oakland/
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">👏👏👏 congrats <a href="https://twitter.com/jessoakland9?ref_src=twsrc^tfw">@jessoakland9</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gophers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc^tfw">#Gophers</a> <a href="https://t.co/FunlaIPGLs">https://t.co/FunlaIPGLs</a></p>&mdash; Minnesota Softball (@GopherSoftball) <a href="">June 28, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 
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Jess Oakland named California Softball Player of the year!…

Now that is one high honor! I think she may be a real player for Minnesota. The team has to give her a lot of support to mutually benefit everyone on the roster with lots of wins.
 



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More recognition for Jess Oakland
Uh, yeah. Top rated athlete in the entire Bay Area (all sports)! Not bad at all. And as this publication says: “She becomes the third female and first softball player to finish atop the Bay Area 75 rankings.”

Nice accolades.
 

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MaXpreps All-Americans:
Jessica Oakland - 1st team
Sydney Schwartz - 2nd team
 


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Now that is one high honor! I think she may be a real player for Minnesota. The team has to give her a lot of support to mutually benefit everyone on the roster with lots of wins.
I wonder how the Gophers pulled this one off. We'll usually get the best player from MN or one of it's neighbors not from a softball mad state like California. Let's just hope it's not another KL situation.
 

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I wonder how the Gophers pulled this one off. We'll usually get the best player from MN or one of it's neighbors not from a softball mad state like California. Let's just hope it's not another KL situation.
The transfer prevalence is ruining college sports. It seems to me like the Lindaman transfer year was when this all really started.

What a disaster for sports. I know the athletes say the new transfer portals are good for the student athletes. But sports is 100 percent an entertainment business. It just is. And this transfer prevalence is harming the fan’s ability to keep up the passion for their team. Without fans, college sports loses.
 
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Thanks Gopher68 for keeping us informed of recruiting developments. I had kind of forgotten that this was commitment season.

I like the recruiting Piper and staff have done so far. We have to keep bringing in pitching from everywhere and find that next ace asap. But maybe with the relaxed transfer rules, we can strike gold a little easier than during the Allister era, when we had to recruit them right out of HS.

What I don’t like is to see Northwestern coming into our natural recruiting territory and taking players (Emma Raye and Signe Dohse in this cycle) because if Northwestern or Michigan wants them, you know they are capable of success at the P5 level and could probably help us. Thankfully, players like Chard, Snippes, and Schwartz who have those kinds of options are still opting for the Gophers.

Time will tell whether gaining Wolocko and Chard as potential future catchers makes up for losing the opportunity to land Raye after she decommitted from Wisconsin this summer and attended one of our camps. However, it’s hard to fault a kid for wanting to attend Northwestern, or Michigan for that matter. But I guess I’m just greedy. I want all the good ones to be Gophers.
 
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Thanks Gopher68 for keeping us informed of recruiting developments. I had kind of forgotten that this was commitment season.

I like the recruiting Piper and staff have done so far. We have to keep bringing in pitching from everywhere and find that next ace asap. But maybe with the relaxed transfer rules, we can strike gold a little easier than during the Allister era, when we had to recruit them right out of HS.

What I don’t like is to see Northwestern coming into our natural recruiting territory and taking players (Emma Raye and Signe Dohse in this cycle) because if Northwestern or Michigan wants them, you know they are capable of success at the P5 level and could probably help us. Thankfully, players like Chard, Snippes, and Schwartz who have those kinds of options are still opting for the Gophers.

Time will tell whether gaining Wolocko and Chard as potential future catchers makes up for losing the opportunity to land Raye after she decommitted from Wisconsin this summer and attended one of our camps. However, it’s hard to fault a kid for wanting to attend Northwestern, or Michigan for that matter. But I guess I’m just greedy. I want all the good ones to be Gophers.
No sooner had I read your post, I found another 2023 commit from Noblesville, Indiana. P/Util Cameron Grayson. Here are some of her highlights:
 

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No sooner had I read your post, I found another 2023 commit from Noblesville, Indiana. P/Util Cameron Grayson. Here are some of her highlights:
Big win for Piper and staff!

She spins the ball well with good P5 velocity already that will only improve, great command, and a killer change. Nice easy motion, too.

I like that all of our recent HS pitching recruits are very accomplished hitters as well.
 

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Big win for Piper and staff!

She spins the ball well with good P5 velocity already that will only improve, great command, and a killer change. Nice easy motion, too.

I like that all of our recent HS pitching recruits are very accomplished hitters as well.
Interesting. I think my daughter's teams have played against her.
 




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