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Summer fun for Hoosiers on the recruiting trailPosted Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at 9:21 PM
The summer has been very good to Indiana University's recruiting efforts in a couple of different sports.
A softball program that has had its struggles, finishing above .500 just twice over the last two seasons, got a transfer from Fresno State. The pitching standout has a familiar name as she was one of the best high school pitchers that the state has every produced.
Morgan Melloh, who struck out 426 batters in 167 innings in 2007 to lead her Hamilton Southeastern squad to an unbeaten season and the 4A state championship, is now a Hoosier.
Melloh will play her final season of softball as a senior in the Hoosiers' uniform after excelling for the Bulldogs for the past three years. She carried the momentum of the state title into her freshman year at Fresno State where she set the nation on fire with a conference-leading 454 strikeouts, 42 victories and a 1.28 ERA while winning the WAC Freshman of the Year award and Pitcher of the Year honors. The next year she struck out 450 more batters, the second-most in the nation, and became just the fourth pitcher in NCAA Division I history to record consecutive 400-strikeout seasons in her first two years.
Melloh, who is returning home so that her family can see her play more often, will bolster an improving team after leading the Bulldogs to their third straight NCAA Regional Championship appearance where they fell to eventual national champion, UCLA.
On the gridiron, the news is also good as IU secured the services of its second four-star recruit for the 2011 class.
Raymon Taylor, a 5'10, 167-pound cornerback out of Michigan, might be a tad undersized currently, but makes up for it in a big way with his athleticism and speed. Rivals.com indicated that Taylor had offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Cincinnati and that Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Iowa were also showing interest.
Taylor is listed as the No. 29 cornerback in the nation and is rated as the No. 245 overall player in the country and No. 7 in the state of Michigan. Taylor has 4.4 second speed and raced to a 10.6 second 100-meter dash in track this year.
On the field, Taylor recorded six interceptions last year and returned three of them back for a touchdown. His Highland Park squad also used his versatility as he played as a slot receiver and gained 450 receiving yards with seven scores and Taylor also rushed for 300 yards.
The Hoosiers currently have 16 total commitments for the class that also includes four-star linebacker, Zack Shaw of Coschocton (Ohio) High School.
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