It is always nice to be wanted.
Several highly competitive collegiate softball programs have been competing for Saylor Williams' services in the (softball) pitching circle for quite some time, and on Wednesday Williams made her choice official.
The tall righty will be heading off to Texas A&M Commerce (NCAA, Division II) following her graduation this spring from Jacksonville High School.
Williams said during Jacksonville's signing ceremony at the JHS Auditorium that she is glad to have the process behind here.
“Recruiting has been going on for a while now, and I am relieved that it is over,” she said. “I am looking forward to my last season here at Jacksonville, and then going up to Texas A&M Commerce.”
Williams, a Class 5A honorable mention all-state selection in 2019, was recruited by Stephen F. Austin State University, Midwestern State University and University of Texas Tyler, in addition To Texas A&M Commerce.
“After meeting everyone up at Commerce, it felt like the best choice for me,” Williams said.
A&M Commerce is 4-1 this season. The Lady Lions went 40-14, 23-7 in Lone Star Conference play, a year ago and advanced all the way to the Division II regional tournament.
Even though Williams drew the recruiting attention of quite a few teams, she said that was not always the case.
“I remember at one point I wondered if any school had interest in me,”she said. “So, my advice to younger girls that are coming up and that think that they may like to play college softball one day, is to never give up, no matter what.”
Williams, who is coached by Brittney Batten at Jacksonville, has a plethora of happy memories as a Fightin' Maiden, but one stands out in her mind.
“My sophomore year we were able to beat a really good Willis team in the area round of the (state) playoffs,” she said.