TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – On Thursday, Nov. 13, Florida State Softball announced its 2015-16 recruiting class consisting of six student-athletes who will be joining the Seminole family next season. This week, we are highlighting each individual to allow fans to know more about those who will soon be wearing the Garnet and Gold. Today, the spotlight shines on Cali Harrod, an infielder from Roopville, Ga.
“Cali is a sneaky athlete that is so competitive,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “She’s the glue that keeps teams together. She will take to the weight room and get faster and stronger and will be someone that is going to grow her freshman year.”
“Florida State just feels like home,” said Harrod. “I love the family atmosphere and the coaches. It has an awesome tradition and I am excited to be part of such a great program and compete with the best.”
Harrod helped lead Heard County High School to its first state championship in any sport as the Braves earned the GHSA AA title on Nov. 1, 2014. In her senior campaign, Harrod batted .545 with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 28 RBI, 35 stolen bases and 48 runs scored.
As a junior in 2013, Harrod went .539 from the plate with 13 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs and 40 stolen bases. She has also been named to the All-State First Team twice and voted the top athlete, among all sports, in her entire county.
“Cali’s an emotional leader and I love to watch her play the game,” assistant coach Craig Snider said. “She’s fiery, blue collar and embodies what Florida State Softball is all about.”
Harrod has played with the Atlanta Vipers organization since 2008 and has earned the Stephanie Phillips award for leadership. Harrod and the Vipers won the PGF National Championship in 2012 and placed in the top 10 in 2013. They also finished in the top 10 of the 2010 ASA Nationals and were top 20 in 2011.
“I see passion for the game of softball every time I watch her play,” added assistant coach Travis Wilson. “She is a true team player and a legitimate power bat in the middle of a lineup. It’s going to be fun watching her develop.”
Harrod is a member of the Beta Club and is an Honor Graduate. She placed on the A/B Honor Roll all four years of high school and will finish in the top 20 of her graduating class at Heard County.
Harrod chose Florida State over offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU and Michigan State.
“My parents have been the biggest influence on my softball career,” said Harrod. “They support me through everything and always push me to be better than I was yesterday. They have taught me how to deal with failure and keep getting back up when I get knocked down.”
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