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Why Lexie Delbrey Chose Florida

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Florida commit Lexie Delbrey is the No. 7 player in the rising senior class, according to Softball America’s 2021 Top 100 Recruiting Rankings. Delbrey, a pitcher who throws in the mid-to-high 60s, was one of the most highly recruited softball student-athletes in the 2021 class before verbally committing to the Gators in March.

The Georgia native plays elite travel softball for the East Cobb Bullets Gold-Schnute 18U team and is set to finish her high school softball playing career at Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge, Ga. this coming fall.

Get to know Delbrey and her journey to becoming a Florida Gator below.

Softball America: When did you start playing softball and what got you started in the sport?

Lexie Delbrey: I started playing when I was around six years old. My mom and my aunt played softball, and they decided to let me try.

SA: How old were you when you started pitching?

LD: I was around 10 years old when I started pitching.

SA: How long have you been playing for the East Cobb Bullets organization?

LD: This is my third season with East Cobb.

SA: When did you realize you wanted to play college softball, and did you always aim for a Power Five school?

LD: Ever since I started playing, I wanted to play softball in college. Yes, it has always been my dream to play at the biggest level.

SA: What are some schools that were interested in you?

LD: SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten schools. Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Florida State and Arizona.

SA: How did your commitment to Florida come about?

LD: I went on two visits to Florida, and on my second visit it really felt like home. I waited a couple weeks to think about it and then I called Coach Walton late one night and committed.

SA: What made you choose Florida?

LD: It was my dream school ever since I can remember, and I want to compete for a national championship. I know that's where I would be most successful.

SA: What are you looking forward to about playing for the Gators?

LD: I look forward to playing the best of the best, and seeing how much better I can get.

SA: How have your friends and family helped shape you into the person and player you are today?

LD: People have doubted me and said I would never make it, or I wasn't good enough to go to a D1 school. My family and friends have always pushed me to be my best and I'm very grateful for them.

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