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Aggie Softball Signs Seven-Player Class for 2015

November 13, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION--Texas A&M softball head coach Jo Evans announced Wednesday that seven high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play for the maroon and white.

Joining the Aggies on the field for the 2015 season will be Kristen Cuyos (Pearland), Erin Houthoofd (Beach City), Kayla Ober (Katy), Hailey Rebar (San Antonio), Erica Russell (Bryan), Tori Vidales (La Porte) and Ashley Walters (Kerrville).

“Our 2014 recruiting class is outstanding,” Evans said. “It is a group of very athletic, versatile, athletes. We lose eight seniors at the end of this season, so this class will be expected to make an immediate impact in our program. I believe they have the talent to compete in the SEC and help us win championships. They have all been verbally committed to our program for quite some time, so they have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time around our program, attend our camps, clinics, and games, and to integrate themselves into our Aggie Family. This will help them make a smooth transition into our program and to hit the ground running. I am very excited about this recruiting class.”

2013-14 Aggie Softball Signing Class
Player Position Height B/T Hometown High School
Kristen Cuyos SS 5-11 R/R Pearland, Texas Pearland HS
Erin Houthoofd INF 5-8 R/R Beach City, Texas Barbers Hill HS
Kayla Ober P/1B 5-7 R/R Katy, Texas Cinco Ranch HS
Hailey Rebar C 6-0 L/L San Antonio, Texas Holmes HS
Erica Russell INF/OF 5-3 R/R Bryan, Texas Bryan HS
Tori Vidales INF 5-8 R/R La Porte, Texas La Porte HS
Ashley Walters C 5-8 R/R Kerrville, Texas Center Point HS


Kristen Cuyos
SS 5-11 R/R Pearland, Texas Pearland HS

Cuyos is a Pearland High School standout who was named an NFCA All-American in 2012. The infielder has been titled All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association for the past three seasons and ended her junior year with a second-straight First Team All-District award at shortstop. Her four years as a varsity starter began with Cuyos earning a 2011 PHS Newcomer of the Year award, to which she added PHS Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2012 and PHS Co-Defensive Player of the Year accolades in 2012 and 2013. In addition to numerous weekly crowns, Cuyos has been named TGCA All-State (2012) and NFCA All-South Central Region (2011-12), and she ranks No. 58 among the StudentSports.com Softball Class of 2014. Cuyos plays summer ball with Coach Dave McCorkle and the Aces Express Gold, who earned 5th at ASA Nationals last year. Outside of softball, she volunteers as a teacher’s aide for special needs kids, donates her time to the Special Olympics, and helps as a youth coach in Pearland.

“Kristen is a skilled shortstop and has a great feel for the game. She has great hands on defense and gets good reads off the bat. She has been competing at a high level for many years. She has the ability to drive the ball in the gaps and has homerun power. She has a great love for the game and is a great fit in our program.” -- Jo Evans



Erin Houthoofd
INF 5-8 R/R Beach City, Texas Barbers Hill HS

Houthoofd (pronounced OTT-off) had a banner junior season at Barbers Hill High School, earning District 19-4A Offensive MVP honors and being named the team’s Offensive MVP. The two-time First-Team All-District honoree started her career at BHHS as the District 19-4A Newcomer of the Year and the team’s Defensive MVP. Houthoofd is one of the best in the country, ranking among the top 100 on the StudentSports.com Softball Class of 2014. She currently plays summer ball for the Texas Aces Express, with whom she placed fifth at ASA 18 Gold Nationals this summer. For the two previous summers, Houthoofd played with the Texas Impact, taking second at ASA Nationals in 2012 and third in 2011. The well-rounded student-athlete and three-time Academic All-District honoree also plays volleyball, is a member of the National Honor Society and was won Best of Show in Art at the Houston Rodeo this year. In 2012 she earned the Barber Hill Softball Leadership Award.

“Erin is a great leader. She makes her teammates better by her drive and passion for the game. She is mature in her approach to the game and is an inspiration to her teammates. Erin’s greatest strength is her hitting. She has an aggressive approach at the plate, good power, and welcomes the opportunity to be in a pressure situation. She is a dedicated student and has the intelligence and drive to excel academically at Texas A&M. Erin will be a great addition to our team on and off the field.” -- Jo Evans



Kayla Ober
P/1B 5-7 R/R Katy, Texas Cinco Ranch HS

Ober is a four-year varsity letterman at Cinco Ranch High School, where she has been named a team captain. The right-handed pitcher is a two-time First Team All-State selection and a three-time First Team All-District honoree, while earning the title of District 19-5A MVP. Ober has also been selected First Team All-Greater Houston, and was honored by CRHS with the 2013 Team Leadership Award. She was named Team MVP in 2012 and 2013. Ober’s undefeated CRHS team was the district champion in 2013 and became a 5A Region III Semi-Finalist. In 2012, the team was the district runner-up, and in 2011 CRHS went to state playoffs. Ober plays summer ball with the Texas Aces, claiming third at the Colorado Fireworks Gold in 2013.

“Kayla is very athletic. She has very good presence on the mound and does a great job with control and changing speeds to keep hitters off balance. Kayla is a versatile athlete, a good fielding pitcher, who will plays 1B when she isn’t pitching. Offensively, she drives the ball, is aggressive at the plate, and does a nice job in pressure situations.” -- Jo Evans



Hailey Rebar
C 6-0 L/L San Antonio, Texas Holmes HS

Rebar excels in the classroom as well as on the field, being named Fox News Scholar Athlete of the Week and ranking No. 1 in a class of 517 at Holmes High School. The NHS and EHS Member was selected District 27-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Rebar – a six-foot lefty catcher – is a two-time All-Area Super Team selection.

“Hailey has great size and strength and will add lefty power to our batting lineup. As a catcher, she is a vocal leader behind the plate. Her greatest strength is her ability to keep the game fun; her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and she is a great teammate. Hailey is an exemplary student and works just as hard in the classroom as she does on the field.” -- Jo Evans



Erica Russell
INF/OF 5-3 R/R Bryan, Texas Bryan HS

Russell is a local product set on rewriting the Bryan High School record books. She currently ranks No. 2 in assists (189), No. 5 in runs (99) and No. 3 in home runs. The four-year starter was named First Team All-State in 2013 by the Texas Sports Writers Association and earned the Vikings’ Triple D Award for defense, determination and dedication, while setting the school record for assists in a season with 92. Russell was TSWA Honorable Mention All-State in 2012, when the Lady Vikings won a district championship, and TSWA All-District in 2011. The three-time All-District 12-5A honoree has been named both All Brazos Valley and Academic All-District for the past three seasons as well. Russell is also a two-year varsity volleyball letterman while splitting her extra time with the National Honor Society, the Bryan High Choir and Young Life. She plays summer ball for Coach KC Jackson and the Texas Impact Gold, winning third at Gold Triple Crown Nationals this summer.

“I am excited to have another local player in our program. Erica has very good speed and quickness. She has the versatility to play the infield and outfield and has a tremendous love for the game. She plays the game with great hustle and enthusiasm and her energy is contagious. She comes from an Aggie family, so she already has a great love for Texas A&M and our softball program.” -- Jo Evans



Tori Vidales
INF 5-8 R/R La Porte, Texas La Porte HS

Vidales is the reigning two-time District 23-5A Offensive Player of the Year, in her fourth year as a varsity letterman at La Porte High School. As a freshman in 2011, the infielder was named District Newcomer of the Year when the LPHS softball team won the District 23-5A Championship. Vidales has helped the team to a district runner-up finish for the past two years and is listed among the Top 100 Seniors on StudentSports.com’s softball list. She plays summer ball for the Impact Gold, placing in the top 10 at ASA Nationals for the past three years. Vidales is also a standout volleyball player and diver, winning the district diving championship in 2011 and 2012. Outside of athletics, Vidales is in the top 10 percent of her class, is a Texas Scholar, and was the junior class president. She is involved in the National Honor Society, school musicals, studies American Sign Language, and is a member of the student council. Vidales volunteers through the NHS and at youth softball camps.

“Tori is a tremendous athlete and gifted softball player. Tori comes from an athletic family. Her father, Johnny, played baseball at Texas Tech; her mother, Rhonda, played basketball at Blinn College; and her brother, Josh, is currently on a baseball scholarship at the University of Houston. She has a high softball IQ and has grown up around sports her whole life. Tori can play any infield position and has great power at the plate.” -- Jo Evans



Ashley Walters
C 5-8 R/R Kerrville, Texas Center Point HS

Walters is a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award as a four-year letterman in five different varsity sports at Center Point High School. As a member of the Pirate softball team, the catcher was named to the 2013 San Antonio Express-News Super Team and was named the school’s MVP for the past three seasons. Walters is a three-time TGCA All-State selection and was the District 29-1A Co-MVP in 2012 and 2013. The two-time All-Hill Country Team MVP broke the CPHS home run record as a junior with 19 bombs and led Center Point to a 2012 district championship. In 2011, Walters was named the District 29-1A Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman, leading CPHS to a Region Semi-Finalist finish. She plays summer ball for the Texas Blaze Gold. The all-around athlete also excels in volleyball, basketball, powerlifting and track & field, winning school MVP awards for all five sports, along with numerous other state and district accolades. Walters’ accomplishments don’t stop on the playing field, as the go-getter is also involved in a host of activities that include the National Honor Society, the student council, the FFA and 4-H.

“Ashley is a very powerful athlete. She competes in numerous sports at her high school and has experienced a lot of success in every sport. She is explosive at the plate, with homerun power and drives the ball in the gap. Ashley is an experienced catcher and does a good job managing pitchers and throwing out runners.” -- Jo Evans



These seven signees will replace a large senior class, beginning with the 2015 season. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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