Claire Davidson, one of the top players in the senior class and the 2019 Florida 8A Pitcher of the Year, has announced she will sign with Duke in November.
She committed to the Blue Devils' coaching staff on Sunday morning.
The outstanding lefty pitcher and dangerous hitter for the Tampa Mustangs-TJ and Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Florida) High teams had committed to Auburn as a freshman but opened her recruiting up in June.
The 2020 Extra Elite 100 honoree had interest from several Power 5 programs in the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 before committing to the Blue Devils.
“Claire is a strong power-hitting lefty pitcher who has pitched against the best teams in the country this past year,” her club and high school coach, TJ Goelz, told Extra Inning Softball today.
“She throws in the low to mid 60s with a devastating changeup which she can throw in any count,” the coach continued.
“Claire still has plenty of upside. At the plate she has power to all fields and is a very tough out as she knows the strike zone well. I expect Claire to be an instant contributor to Duke’s program at the plate and in the circle.”
Goelz said in the summer, “Claire had committed to the prior coaching staff (at Auburn) and wanted to explore all options.
As a junior in high school, the pitcher/hitter went 10-0 in the circle and hit 13 home runs to help lead the Mustangs to a 30-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Florida high school playoffs and a #3 final ranking in the 2019 Extra Elite Eighty High School Rankings.
In 2018 as a sophomore, Claire attended West Potomac (Alexandria, Virginia) High and posted a .439 batting average with 78 RBI while compiling a 1.49 ERA in the circle, helping lead her team to its first title in 12 years.
“As an outstanding student with high test scores, I think Claire made a great decision to attend such a prestigious academic institution,” Goelz concluded.
We will have more on her commitment later this week...