PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers softball head coach Pat Willis announced that Cori Blanton (Toluca Lake, CA), Jennifer Wilson (Glendale, AZ) and Hilary King (Canal Winchester, OH) have signed national letters of intent to play for Rutgers in 2005.
Blanton, a second basemen for Notre Dame High School, has been named to the All-League First Team the last four years. She was selected as the Freshman Athlete of the Year and has been recognized in Sports Illustrated for Kids as a “Good Sport.” Her club team experience is vast, including trips to the ASA Nationals where she won the national championship in 1999 with the Southern California Sliders. She is presently a member of the Southern California Lionettes, one of the most storied ASA teams for girls.
“I am very pleased and fortunate to have Cori joining our team,” Willis said. “She is not only an outstanding athlete but also an outstanding young lady. I am looking forward to the next four years.”
Wilson is a pitcher for Mountain Ridge High School where she has been the starter for the squad since her freshman year. In 2001, she led the team to the state semifinals, and she has additional experience playing for the Phoenix Storm Gold ASA club team. She was named the AIA Individual Scholar-Athlete for 2001 and 2002 and received the 5A Northwest Conference All-Region Award.
“I’m excited to have Jennifer joining our pitching staff,” Willis said. “I feel that she will play a tremendous part in the success of our team for the next four years. She is a very talented young pitcher and athlete whose dedication and work ethic is outstanding.”
King, a member of the Pickerington High School softball team, primarily plays third base but has experience playing all nine positions. While playing for the Ohio Stingrays club team, the squad was the 2002 Sluggerfest 16-and-Under Tournament champions. She is a National Merit Scholarship commended student and was named to the Who’s Who Among American High School Students list.
“Hilary is a very bright and focused young lady,” Willis noted. “Her athleticism and versatility will make her a very strong addition to the squad. No matter where she will be playing she will give 100 percent. I believe she’ll make a major contribution to Rutgers softball.”
Willis will lead Rutgers in her 25th campaign this spring after notching her 600th win this past season against Notre Dame. The Scarlet Knights finished the 2003 season in seventh place in the BIG EAST with a 26-23 overall record and an 8-12 conference mark.