Penn State announced its recruiting class from the fall early signing period on Thursday, with a half-dozen future Nittany Lions giving their commitments.
The class is ranked 17th in the nation by Full Count Softball and includes a pair of the sport’s top 40 recruits.
“This is probably the most athletic class I have ever recruited in my career,” coach Amanda Lehotak said.
The class includes two from Pennsylvania in Maddie Shaffer of New Castle, and infielder/outfielder Megan Williams of Bethlehem. Shaffer has twice led Neshannock High School to the PIAA finals, winning the 2012 crown, while for her career she has posted a 50-4 record with a 0.71 ERA, 14 shutouts, five no-hitters and two perfect games on he rresume. Williams has a career .577 average, .909 slugging percentage and 112 hits at Salisbury High School.
The class also has infielder/outfielder Tori Dubois, who has racked up a .480 career average with 12 homers and 78 RBIs over her career in Nashua, N.H., earning New Hampshire Division I Player of the Year honors; Lexi Lotito, a power-hitting infielder from Canyon Country, Calif.; infielder/outfielder Toni Polk of Niagara Falls, N.Y., who at No. 28 is the highest-rated recruit and an all-around athlete with a .513 career average along with 12 home runs and 84 RBIs; and Maddie Seifert of Chesterfield, Mo., who is ranked 36th and has her high school career records for pitching wins as well as hits, singles, walks, RBIs and on-base percentage.