Nov. 14, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball program announced the signing of four incoming student-athletes to national letters of intent on Thursday afternoon. Kendall Brown, Kaylin Crumpton, Mariah Garcia and De'Zha Scott will join the program for the 2014-15 season.
Three of the future Cougars are from Texas (Brown, Garcia and Scott) while Crumpton hails from California. Both Brown and Garcia are penciled in as infielders while Crumpton and Scott look to be positioned in the outfield when they arrive.
"This is one of the most diverse classes we have signed," said head coach Kyla Holas. "I am hoping they come in and fit as key pieces to our puzzle and help continue our tradition and success."
Houston begins their 2014 season hosting two tournaments with the Houston Invite (Feb. 14-16) and the Houston Classic (Feb. 21-22) starting the season. The Cougars went 41-20 last season and advanced to the NCAA postseason for the third consecutive year.
|Name||Pos.||Previous School/Club Team||Hometown|
|Kendall Brown||IF||Ft. Bend Christian/Aces Express Jacoby||Sugarland, Texas|
|Kaylin Crumpton||OF||Santiago HS/Team Smith||Corona, Calif.|
|Mariah Garcia||IF||Austin HS/Texas Bombers Gold||Austin, Texas|
|De'Zha Scott||OF||Spring HS/Firecrackers May||Spring, Texas|
IF | Ft. Bend Christian/Aces Express Jacoby | Sugarland, Texas
"Kendall will bring some height and athleticism to us at first base that is much needed. I am thrilled that she chose to keep Houston a tradition in her family."
Brown was named Second Team All-State and First Team All-District in 2013 as she helped lead Ft. Bend Christian to the TAPPS 4A state championship.
OF | Santiago HS/Team Smith | Corona, Calif.
"Kaylin brings her Cali experience to us and I am looking forward to seeing her play OF for us. She is an aggressive and balanced player on both sides of the ball that will make some great plays and contribute daily to us offensively."
IF | Austin HS/Texas Bombers Gold | Austin, Texas
Garcia was named an All-District selection in 2013 at the utility position and earned District Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
OF | Spring HS/Firecrackers May | Spring, Texas
"Dezha has a speed that we have not seen since Jessica Valis. I am excited about what she can do on the base path for us and how her speed will affect defenses.
Scott earned Second Team All-State and First Team All-Greater Houston Area honors as a junior in 2013.