Hanford High's Madison Parrish, one of the premier point guards in Valley history, formally committed to play at Fresno State as the national early signing period for college recruits launched Wednesday.
"It feels great. A relief," she said. "I'm ready. I'm there. It's confirmed."
Parrish, a three-time Fresno Bee All-Star, had made an oral commitment to the Bulldogs in October 2009, months after earning Player of the Year honors.
The 5-foot-9 guard's court vision, and passing and ballhandling strengths, make her a perfect fit to run Fresno State's motion offense.
Parrish has signed her letter of intent, but Bulldogs coach Adrian Wiggins and others nationally are prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on recruits until the school actually receives the letters.
The early-signing period, for all sports other than football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men's water polo, runs through Nov. 17 with the regular signing period beginning April 13.
The initial signing date for those sports not included in the early-signing period is Feb. 2.
Parrish, whose sister Amy played for the Bulldogs and is an assistant coach, led Hanford last season to a 31-4 record, third straight Central Section title and a No. 8 state ranking by Cal-Hi Sports. Usually playing less than half the game on a team that outscored the opposition by an average of 43 points, she averaged 14.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.4 rebounds.
UCLA, Cal, Oregon State and Washington of the Pac-10 also had recruited her.
"I stopped looking at their letters after a while," Parrish said. "Fresno State has really good coaches, and hopefully they'll make me a great player. They run the same offense I've been taught my whole life, so it's not like I have to learn something totally new."
Bulldogs add 13 in baseball
As expected, Fresno State added four of the Fresno/Clovis area's top baseball standouts in infielder/pitcher Seth Moranda (Buchanan High), infielder/pitcher Jordan Brink (Central), infielder Jordan Luplow (Buchanan) and shortstop Chris Mariscal (Clovis North).
"This is a large recruiting class for us, and we like the balance it will bring to our program," coach Mike Batesole said. "We have added five right-handed pitchers, two left-handed pitchers, a left-handed hitting catcher, two middle infielders, and three two-way players.
Batesole called it potentially "our best recruiting class ever," and credited assistant Steve Rousey and recruiting coordinator Pat Waer.
Rousey joined the staff in August after eight years at Cal State Northridge.
Other prep recruits are pitcher Scott Barlow (Golden Valley-Santa Clarita), catcher Ryne Dean (Red Mountain-Mesa, Ariz.), pitcher Garrett Mundell (El Toro-Lake Forest), pitcher Will Munro (San Marcos) and shortstop Grant Palmer (El Segundo).
From the JC ranks, the Bulldogs signed pitchers Aaron Gillis (Delta), Matt Fontaine (Ohlone), Jordan Lewis (Central Arizona) and Austin Wiggins (Los Medanos).
Fontaine was the starting pitcher for Ohlone in its 16-10 victory over San Mateo in the state JC championship game in May at Fresno City College's John Euless Ballpark.
Among the other Fresno State signings announced by the school or the athletes:
- Lacrosse: Marcy Levatino (Laguna Hills) and Holly Cisneros (Oregon City, Ore.).
"They are hard-working, positive, enthusiastic and have the ability to be a threat on both ends of the field," co-interim coach Carlee Buck said. "Both [are] going to be instrumental in helping take our program to the next level."
Cisneros is a senior at La Salle Prep but plays at Oregon City because La Salle does not have a lacrosse team.
Oregon City won the state 6A title in June, with Cisneros earning all-state honors. Cisneros scored four goals in a 15-6 title-game victory over Wilson-Portland.
- Volleyball: Maci Murdock (Pitman-Turlock).
Murdock in August was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Under Armour Girls High School All-America watch list for the 2010-11 season.