ARK SB No. 1 recruiting class

Arkansas head softball coach Courtney Deifel smiles during an a 2018 in-game interview. Deifel signed the top recruiting class of 2022, according to Extra Inning Softball.

Arkansas Softball signed nine new Razorbacks on National Signing Day Wednesday, formalizing their spots in a recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the nation by Extra Inning Softball.

The highly regarded class includes ninth-ranked Reagan Johnson, twin sisters Hannah and Lauren Camenzind, Rylee Cloud, Kiki Estrada, Nyjah Fontenot, Robyn Herron, Nikki McGaffin and Atalyia Rijo.

“Our 2022 class has it all,” Arkansas softball head coach Courtney Deifel told Arkansas Athletics. “These nine student-athletes bring a high level of speed, power, athleticism, and elite pitching and are also incredibly passionate about Arkansas.”

Eight of the nine commits are ranked in the top 30 of Extra Inning Softball’s Extra Elite 100. The recruiting effort by Deifel and her staff has garnered commits from New York to California.

“This class not only elevates our play on the field, they also fit perfectly into the culture that we have established for Razorback Softball,” Deifel said.

Below is a breakdown of the Razorbacks’ 2022 recruiting class.

Hannah Camenzind is a left-handed utility player from V.J. and Angela Scutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska. She batted .648 in her junior season and is the nation's No. 12 recruit in the Extra Inning Softball rankings. Camenzind posted a 16-0 record on the mound in 2021 and finished the season with a 1.30 ERA.

Lauren Camenzind batted .489 with 15 home runs in her junior season at Scutt Catholic. Nationally, she is the 22nd-ranked 2022 recruit, according to Extra Inning Softball.

Rylee Cloud, the No. 24 recruit, batted .611 with 11 home runs in her junior season at Fairview High School in Grant, Louisiana. Extra Inning Softball named her the National High School Player of the Week in March after she hit .895 (17-19) in six games with eight home runs, two doubles, a triple, 16 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Kiki Estrada hails from Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. She was recruited as an infielder and is ranked as the No. 13 overall recruit in the 2022 class. She batted .423 with five home runs and was named a second team All-American by Extra Inning Softball her junior season.

Nyjah Fontenot, the No. 25 recruit, batted .535 with 11 home runs in 2021 for A.M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. MaxPreps named Fontenot a first-team All-American and listed her as a potential player of the year to watch in the 2022 season.

Walter L. Sickles High School pitcher Robyn Herron is the 14th-ranked recruit in the country. The Tampa, Florida, native recorded a 0.35 ERA in 79.1 innings and struck out 170 batters in 2021.

Reagan Johnson, a left-handed outfielder, batted .606 with 42 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 2021 for Falls City High School in Falls City, Texas.

Nikki McGaffin, the 2021 USA Today Colorado Player of the Year, went 21-2 last season for Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. She recorded a 1.07 ERA with 246 strikeouts while also leading the team at the dish, hitting .477 with three homers, 13 doubles and 28 RBIs.

Horseheads, New York, native Atalyia Rijo is an infielder ranked as the nation's No. 10 overall recruit. Last season, she hit .556 with 20 hits, six doubles, two triples and four home runs for Corning-Painted Post High School. Rijo also achieved a .619 on-base percentage and recorded 16 RBI and 22 runs in 2021.

Deifel and her staff’s commitment to recruiting has elevated the softball program’s annual recruiting class from one ranked in the 40s in 2019 to No. 1 in the country in 2021.

The efforts began to pay dividends when the 2021 Razorbacks won the SEC regular season championship for the first time since 2005, were ranked in the top 10 and hosted a regional for the first time in the program’s history.

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