Horns up!

George Ranch seniors Reese Scott and Jayden “JJ” Smith sign their National Letter of Intent to play softball at University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Austin respectively, pictured with assistant coach Leslie Sheffy, campus coordinator Nick Cavallo, head coach Donna Vrba and Principal Heather Patterson.

Rare is it to have one Division I player on a given high school roster, let alone two.

But that is where the George Ranch Longhorn softball program found itself on Wednesday night on National Signing Day.

Head coach Donna Vrba’s program had two players signing their National Letter of Intent: Reese Scott committed to the University of Texas at Arlington and Jayden “JJ” Smith committed to the University of Texas at Austin.

“It’s such an exciting moment in a student-athlete’s life to play at the next level,” Vrba said. “For me, I’m always worried if we have prepared them enough. But I couldn’t be happier for them.”

Scott was an all-district first-team outfielder last season.

Joining the Mavericks was an easy choice for Scott.

“I knew that was home and I knew that was the place I needed to be,” Scott said. “This is a dream come true for me. It really is.”

Smith had to deal with a coaching change at the Forty Acres but Austin still felt like the right place to be.

“I had to deal with the stress of not knowing if I was going to be good enough for the other coaching staff,” Smith said. “But luckily for me, both coaching staffs were awesome and loved me. I’m really pleased that I’m going to be a Longhorn.”

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