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A&M commit becomes valuable shortstop for Kingwood softball

March 20, 2019 GMT

Senior shortstop Jourdyn Campbell got a surprise that would change her life in eighth grade.

It was a scholarship offer to play college softball at Texas A&M.

“It was really unexpected,” said Campbell, who grew up in Channelview. “I didn’t expect an offer that early, and I took it. A&M is an amazing place, and it’s somewhere where I saw myself playing -- in that uniform and at the park.”

Campbell visited A&M on Jan. 29 of her eighth-grade year and fell in love with the campus. The visit clarified that wearing the Aggie’s maroon and white is what she wanted.

“I loved everything about it,” Campbell said. “I loved the culture, the coaches and the team feel. It’s where I wanted to be, and it’s close to home.”

Since receiving her offer, Campbell has gained a lot of power in her swing, and it’s shown on field as softballs have started to get over the outfield fence more often.

In her junior season Campbell had a .418 batting average with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs for the Lady Mustangs. She also scored 47 runs and had 10 stolen bases.

The shortstop has the ability to play several positions on the field and her versatility is what Texas A&M is pleased with the most.

“I definitely have gained more power when it comes to hitting home runs,” Campbell said. “Home runs have come much easier since I was younger. I started out being recruited as an outfielder. After my sophomore year I trained more on the infield. Playing the outfield and the infield has helped me grow as a player.”

Kingwood head coach Lauren Hendrix has seen Campbell’s game develop since her sophomore year.

“She’s incredible,” Hendrix said. “I have been lucky to coach several athletes to play Division I. She’s humble, has a great attitude and gives 100 percent effort on the field. She really is the best teammate and cares about each one of these girls on and off the field.”

“As a player they’re getting someone who is gritty and going to elevate other player’s games,” she added. “As a person she is generous and an amazing leader. We’re going to miss her for sure.”

Campbell will join her former Kingwood teammate Haley Lee in the fall. Lee is a freshman catcher for the Aggies.

Campbell has been keeping an eye on her future team this season.

“She started off the season a little bit rocky, but has come along and is playing great,” Campbell said. “I have been up there a couple of times to stay in her dorm room and she says that she loves it up there. I know a lot of girls on the team and they’re waiting for me to get up there. First I have to finish my senior season with my teammates here at Kingwood.”

Campbell signed her national letter of intent to play softball at Texas A&M on Nov. 13, 2018. It was a day that Campbell enjoyed with her parents Sam and Lisa Campbell.

“It felt kind of amazing,” said Campbell. “I waited almost five years to do it and all the hard work paid off. All the two-a-days, workouts, the coaches yelling, the blood and sweat were all worth it. Everything is coming to a reality, and I’m going to enjoy every moment.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com