14-year-old commits to Auburn

Savana Sikes, a 14-year-old freshman phenom in softball from Chapel Hill High School, committed to Auburn on Friday.

Sikes, who has two older sisters that played softball at UGA and Kennesaw State, had interest from more than 50 colleges.

“Savana has grown up around and practiced with many of the best college softball players in the nation,” her father, Rocky Sikes, told the AJC. “Savana has been involved in conversations with many D1 coaches since 2006 when her oldest sister began to be recruited. All she has ever wanted was to play softball in the SEC.

“She chose Auburn because of the Myers family, who are the best coaches in college softball. Auburn is only 1.5 hours from our home in Douglasville. Auburn also has a 10-million dollar improvement plan to current softball facilities with a secured financial donor.”

One of the highlights for Sikes this season was going 3 for 4 with two homers against Pope senior Kelly Barnhill. Her father support the early decision, which is common in softball recruiting.

“I think committing early is only good if you have knowledge and years of experience as to what will be expected and the level of play you commit to and you can compete,” he said. “In most cases of early commits, it’s a first time and parents are pushing their child to go big for the parents ego.

“I think many coaches like myself have realized that with most girls by the time they reach 14 years old, you came spot exceptional athletes. With all the showcase events we play many athletes and Teams are matched up to determine which athletes will standout and as a result asked to come on campus.”

RELATED: Blessed Trinity’s Amber MacDonald has committee to Wisconsin on a volleyball scholarship, according to her father. MacDonald helped the Roswell private school win a pair of state championships in four years.

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