Florida Gators Sign Six to Program

Gators Announce The Addition Of Six Signees To Program

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball program and head coach Tim Walton have announced the addition of six future Gators – Danielle Romanello, Hannah Adams, Haven Sampson, Jordan Matthews, Josie Page and Natalie Lugo – to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The Gators come off of winning the program’s sixth overall SEC regular-season championship and their third over the last four seasons.

“We are very excited to sign these six athletes to join our program at the University of Florida.” Walton said. “Not only are we signing good softball players, but we are signing young ladies that have competed in many different sports winning many different championships all over the country. We look forward to the future of the softball graduating class of 2017.”

Future Gator Notables

hannah-adams
Hannah Adams
Hometown | Hoschton, Ga.
High School | Mill Creek High School
B/T – L/R | Position – SS
Travel Team | GA Impact coached by Patrick Lewis

Tabbed as the No. 10 player in the country according to FloSoftball Top 100 rankings

Helped lead her team to a 2015 GHSAA State Championship and a trip to the state championship game in 2016.

As a freshman she earned Gwinnett Co. Defensive Player of the Year, Class AAAAAA 2nd Team All- State, 1st Team All-County. In her senior season she was named Gwinnett Co. Offensive Player of the Year

2016 Georgia High School Dugout Club All-Star Team

Tallied a trio of Top 10 finishes at PFG National and a pair of state championships with her travel team the GA Impact

Earned tryout opportunity for Team USA Juniors

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Natalie Lugo
Hometown | Covina, Calif.
High School | South Hills High School
B/T – R/R | Position – Pitcher
Travel Team: OC Batbusters coached by Mike Stith

Tabbed as the No. 22 player in the country according to FloSoftball Top 100 rankings

2015 & 2016 San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year

MaxPreps All-State Softball Team (2014 & 2015)

2014 MaxPreps Underclassman All-American

2016 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Super Elite First Team

Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassman Team (2015 & 2016)

2015 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Second Team

All-CIF First Team Selection (2015 & 2016)

Three-time All-Polamares League First Team selection (2014-16)

2015 PFG National Champions with the OC Batbusters

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Jordan Matthews
Hometown | Anaheim, Calif.
High School | El Dorado High School
B/T – L/R | Position – SS
Travel Team: Ohana Tigers coached by Shawn Quarles

Tabbed as the No. 64 player in the country according to FloSoftball Top 100 rankings

El Dorado High School Rookie of the Year Award

El Dorado High School Golden Glove Award

El Dorado High School Big Stick Award

Three-time First Team All-League (2014-2016)

2015 Second Team All-County

Three-time OC Register Players to Watch List (2014-2016)

2016 OC Sidelines Second Team All-County

In 2015 helped the Ohana Tigers to a third place finish at the 16u PFG Championships

El Dorado High School Academic Honor Roll

Lettered in volleyball as a freshman at El Dorado High School

josie-page
Josie Page
Hometown | Chatom, Ala.
High School | Washington County High School
B/T – R/R | Position – UT
Travel Team | Mobile Thrillers coached by James Brenton

Tabbed as the No. 170 player in the country according to FloSoftball

WCHS Offensive Most Valuable Player (2013-16)

Current record holder at WCHS for career home runs and home runs in a season

Five-time First Team All-County (2012-2016)

Helped lead WCHS to program’s first two AHSAA regional playoff berths (2015-16)

Four-time AHSAA First Team All-State selection (2013-2016)

Four-time Mobile Press Register First Team All-Coastal Region selection (2013-16)

Member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Four-time All-County First Team selection and captain of volleyball team that took WCHS to a trio of AHSAA Regional

Tournament appearances and its first AHSAA State Tournament Championship game.

danielle-romanello
Danielle Romanello
Hometown | St. Petersburg
High School | Canterbury School of Florida
B/T – L/L | Position – C/1B
Travel Team | Gold Coast Hurricanes coached by Marty Cooper

Tabbed as the No. 13 player in the country according to FloSoftball Top 100 rankings

Helped lead Canterbury School of Florida to a pair of FHSAA State Championships (2013 & 2014)

2A First Team All-State (2013-2016)

o 2013 State Defensive Player of the Year

o 2016 State Player of the Year

2014 & 2015 First Team All-Tampa Bay

2014 Max Preps All-American selection

2015 Florida Dairy Farmers Class 2A Player of the Year

2016 FloSoftball All-American

2016 NFCA High School Second Team All-American

2016 Tampa Bay Times Pinellas County Player of the Year

2016 Junior Olympic Cup All-Star Team selection

Also was a member of the basketball team and ran cross country at the Canterbury School of Florida.

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Haven Sampson
Hometown |Monroe, Ga.
High School | Walnut Grove High School
B/T – L/R | Position – OF
Travel Team: GA Impact coached by Patrick Lewis

Tabbed as the No. 78 player in the country according to FloSoftball Top 100 rankings

First Team All-Region (2013-16)

First Team All-State selection (2014-16)

2016 Georgia High School Dugout Club All-Star Team

Helped WGHS advance to the GHSAA Elite 8 all four years & achieved state runner-up two consecutive seasons.

Four-year scholar-athlete.

Tallied a .425 batting average over career with GA Impact

The Gators will conclude their fall ball schedule this weekend with a pair of contests against Florida Southwestern

State College on Friday at 4 p.m. and Chipola College on Sunday at 1 p.m. with both set to take place at KSP Stadium.

Source- University of Florida Communications

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