Two Additions for Utah Softball on National Signing Day
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Utah softball program welcomed two additions on National Signing Day, as National Letters of Intent were received from incoming freshmen Hailey Harris and Kendall Lundberg.
"Today we are very excited to introduce two talented athletes who have signed to become Utes," said head coach Amy Hogue. "We have a very young and talented team, which means our list of needs was going to be small, so we went out and found two exceptional talents who would fit perfectly into our program. Of the thousands we evaluate, Hailey and Kendall have risen to the top and we really feel like we hit the jackpot with these two. They prioritize their academics, along with the pursuit of excellence on the field. I am convinced both can compete at the highest level of the game and we look forward to having them on campus next fall."
Hailey Harris | P | Downey, Calif., Downey High School
Harris has excelled as a three-sport athlete at Downey High School and competed for USA Athletics' 18u Gold team. She was the San Gabriel Valley League MVP in 2018 and an all-league selection in 2019, as well as a two-time Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team member (2018, '19). Harris won team MVP honors in 2019 and the Athletic Viking Award for softball in 2018. She is ranked 29th nationally among pitchers.
A three-sport athlete at Downey High, Harris lettered three times in volleyball and twice in basketball. Her volleyball accomplishments included 2019 Most Inspirational and 2018 Best Blocker, and she earned an Athlete of the Week award from Downey. She ranks as the 49th overall in the Class of 2021.
"Hailey Harris has become a household name in our office," Hogue said. "We have followed her career for so long now, and feel fortunate that we will get to put her in a Utah uniform a year from now. She has been known as one of the hardest throwers in California since the 9th grade when she was starting for a top 18-and-under Gold team. What I have loved the most has been her maturity in the circle, even when she was only 14 and playing up with the older athletes. We all look forward to having her here; we have waited a long time and can't wait to see her compete in the Pac-12 for the Utes!"
Harris is the daughter of Nate and Jennifer Harris, and has a brother, Tyler. Her father Nate played basketball at Chemeketa Community College. An outstanding student who has won scholar-athlete awards each year at Downey, Harris has been heavily involved in extracurricular activities and has tutored in the school's writing center. She was the Academic Viking Award winner for English Composition/Journalism in 2019 and '20, and 2020 Stauffer Junior 4.0 Award winner.
Kendall Lundberg | C | Lakewood, Calif., Lakewood High School
Lundberg is a team captain who earned All-Moore League honors in 2019 when she helped lead Lakewood High School to a league championship. She was Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and ranked in the Cal-Hi Sports Top 40 for three years.
The 35th-ranked catcher in the nation, Lundberg excelled for the Corona Angels, winning the PGF national championship in 2018 and finishing third in 2019. The team finished third at ASA Nationals in 2020, and Lundberg ranks in the top 100 nationally.
"Kendall stopped us right in our tracks when we were out on the recruiting trail," Hogue said. "She is a starting catcher for the top Corona Angels team out of Southern California and does all of the little things well behind the dish, which made her stand out at a young age. She hits with power and has earned a spot in the heart of the lineup of the Angels. She has won both offensive and defensive awards during her high school career, and she is a perfect fit for our culture here at Utah. She's a hard-working, fun-loving kid who is an absolute joy to be around. We can't wait to have her here wearing RED!
Lundberg is the daughter of Craig and Holly Lundberg. Her mother and sister, Kylie, played softball at Oklahoma for head coach Patty Gasso, and Kylie (2015-19) was part of two national championship teams. Kendall earned Principal's Honor Roll and was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, while earning all-conference academic team honors, from 2018-20.