FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Featuring three top-200 recruits including a pair of top-50 additions, head coach Courtney Deifel and the University of Arkansas softball team has announced the program’s 2018 signing class. Ranked as the No. 22 class by FloSoftball, the newest group of Razorbacks are Larissa Cesena, Taylor Greene, Maggie Hicks, Megan Robertson and Sam Torres.
“We are excited to present Razorback Softball’s 2018 class,” Deifel said of the newest Razorbacks. “These five student-athletes bring a great deal of speed, power, athleticism and versatility. They have all competed and won at a high level and will make an immediate impact as we continue to move this program forward.”
This marks Arkansas’ third recruiting class under Deifel, and its second consecutive to earn a top-25 ranking. Greene (No. 37) and Cesena (48) are the latest top-100 recruits to come to Fayetteville, joining future teammates Mary Haff, Caroline Hedgcock and Autumn Storms who were ranked in their respective classes. Last year’s recruiting class was ranked 21st by FloSoftball.
5-7 | OF | R/R
Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King HS (Explosion)
A standout performer for Martin Luther King High School and the Explosion travel ball team, Cesena is ranked No. 48 in the final FloSoftball Hot 100. Through the first three years of her prep career, she has helped the Wolves to three appearances in the CIF playoffs and earned team MVP honors after her junior season. With Explosion, Cesena was part of a top-eight finish at PGF Nationals in 2016. She also uses her speed as a member of the Wolves’ track and field team where she owns two school records.
Larissa is the daughter of Eddie and Misti Cesena and has two younger brothers, Seth and Luke. Her aunt, Mia Cesena, played softball at Loyola Marymount (2006-09) and was a two-time all-conference selection. Cesena is planning to major in kinesiology at Arkansas.
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Milton, Ga./Cambridge HS (So Cal Athletics)
Greene checked in at No. 37 in the final FloSoftball Hot 100 rankings after a standout prep career at Cambridge High School where she is the all-time leader in home runs and runs batted in. Over the past four seasons, she helped the Bears to three region titles and the Georgia 6A state title in 2016. Greene was rewarded for her junior campaign by earning 6A State Player of the Year. In addition to number all-region and all-state selections, she was named the 2014 and 2015 Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Aside from her prep success, Greene was a JO Cup national champion in 2015 and 2016 with East Cobb Bullets 18 Gold. She plays travel ball with So Cal Athletics. Taylor is the daughter of Perry and Marjorie Greene and has two siblings, Lauren and Derek.
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East End, Ark./Sheridan HS (Arkansas Athletics)
During a standout junior season at Sheridan (Ark.) High School, Hicks was named the 2017 MaxPreps State Player of the Year after hitting .436 with 11 home runs and 24 RBIs and leading the Yellowjackets to their second-consecutive 6A state title. In the championship run, she was also selected as the MVP of the state tournament. Entering her senior season, Hicks carries a .477 career batting average and is a three-time all-conference and all-state performer.
Hicks plays travel ball for Arkansas Athletics. Maggie is the daughter of Byron and Kristi Hicks and has an older brother, Max. Both of her parents attended the University of Arkansas.
5-8 | RHP | R/R
Milton, Fla./Milton (Birmingham Thunderbolts)
After collecting all-area accolades in each of her first three seasons at Milton High School, Robertson earned a spot on the All-State Second Team following a standout junior campaign. During the previous season, she was named the area Pitcher of the Year in 2016. As a freshman, she pitched Milton to the school’s first-ever playoff victory. In three seasons, Robertson has helped the Panthers to two Sweet Sixteen state appearances, two district runner-up finishes and a district title
Megan is the daughter of David and Chrissy Robertson and has a younger brother, Dawson. She plays travel ball with the Birmingham Thunderbolts and helped her 16U team to a third-place finish at PGF Nationals in 2015.
5-2 | OF | L/L
Temecula, Calif./Chaparral HS (Athletics Mercado – TO)
Torres, ranked as the No. 198 recruit in the country, enters her senior season as the two-time Offensive MVP for Chapparal High School. She has twice been named to the All-Southwestern League Second Team and earned top freshman accolades after hitting .494 with 39 hits in 29 games during the 2015 season. Through the first three seasons of her prep career, Torres carries a .483 batting average with 117 hits and a .557 slugging percentage.
With her Athletics Mercado travel team, she has a pair of top-20 PGF Nationals finishes including a seventh-place showing in 2017. Sam is the daughter of Federick and Maribeth Torres and has three siblings, Eric, Vince and Julianne. Torres plans to enroll in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at Arkansas.
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