FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball program will be bolstered over the next four years with the NLI additions of Ellease Crumpton (Houston, Texas), Maylin Garrett (San Antonio, Texas) and Gracie Ryan (Orlando, Fla.). All three signees were mentioned among the 2017 Prep Volleyball Senior Aces list. This is the second recruiting class at Arkansas for head coach Jason Watson.
“With these three signees and what we plan to add later this spring, this 2018 class compliments our previous recruiting classes,” Watson said. “It provides additional depth in two key positions and enhances our group of talented outside hitters. Equally important to our staff, they are each committed to making an impact and will strive to build upon our 2017 season.”
6-0 | MB | Houston, Texas (Cypress Lakes HS)
A two-year starter and two-time district honoree for Cypress Lakes High School, she twice earned a spot on the 17-6A All-District First Team. In addition to her accolades at the prep level, Crumpton played for the Houston Juniors club and helped lead her team to the 2017 17-USA national title. Crumpton was mentioned among “The 150” on the Senior Aces list.
Ellease is the daughter of Willie Crumpton and Amy Whaley, and has three older siblings, Chris, Aaliyah and Troy. Her dad played football at Northwestern State. Crumpton is planning to major in biology at Arkansas.
5-11 | OH | San Antonio, Texas (Antonian College Prep)
Named as a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace Honorable Mention performer, Garrett was the TAPPS 6A Player of the Year after leading Antonian College Prep to the 2017 state title. She also earned all-state, all-state tournament and all-district honors. Garrett totaled 563 kills and 347 digs during her senior campaign and amassed more than 1,800 kills and 1,000 digs in her prep career.
Maylin is the daughter of Franklin and Mamie Garrett, and has three younger siblings, Caleb, Kyleigh and Avery. Her father played basketball at UC Riverside.
5-9 | S | Orlando, Fla. (Bishop Moore HS)
Checking in as a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace Top 100 recruit, Ryan helped lead Bishop Moore High School to back-to-back Florida state titles. The Hornets were 5A champions in 2015 and continued their run with the 6A title during the 2016 season. Following her junior prep campaign, Ryan was an AAU national champion playing with Top Select Volleyball Academy. She was also an All-American performer at the prep and AAU level.
Gracie is the daughter of Scott and Kelly Ryan, and has two siblings, Mackenzie and Denny. Her mother was a track and field student-athlete at the University of Florida.
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