With just over two months left before the 2017 volleyball season begins, VolleyMob is taking a look at some of the collegiate recruiting classes you may have missed and those who stand to make an impact on teams in and out of the Top 25.
We’ll start from the top of last year’s final rankings.
The Longhorns announced three players as part of its signing class last fall: Brionne Butler (6-3, MB, Boling, Texas); Ashley Shook (6-2, S, Plainfield, Ill.) and Lexi Sun (6-2, OH, Encinitas, Calif.).
The group includes three of the top six recruits nationally according to PrepVolleyball.com, with Sun coming in at No. 1, Butler at No. 2 and Shook at No. 6. The trio also garnered Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 honors.
Shook was named as an AVCA/Under Armour first team All-American in November, while Sun garnered Gatorade National Player of the Year honors.
Olivia Zelon, a 5-6 libero from Santa Monica, Calif., joined the team in January alongside Butler.
Texas must replace second team All-American setter Chloe Collins and honorable mention All-American outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame.
The Longhorns, which finished the season at 27-5 and as the national runners up, return All-Americans Ebony Nwanebu (First Team; Jr., OH) and Micaya White (First Team; Fr.; OH).