November 9, 2022

Four Signs National Letters of Intent with Ohio State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio Four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to further their academic and athletic careers as members of the Ohio State softball program, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced today.

The newest Buckeye are: Jazzy Burns, a catcher/utility player from Menifee, Calif., Taylor Cruse, an outfielder from Basehor, Kan., Lottie Landmesser, a shortstop from Canton, Ga., and Cadyn Ruffer, an infielder from La Mesa, Calif.

Ohio State’s class is ranked No. 17 nationally by Extra Innings Softball and is the second highest-ranked class in the Big Ten.

“What a dynamite class!,” said Kovach Schoenly. “This group has a mix of power, speed, high game IQ, and has played at the highest competitive levels possible. These four athletes bring a desire to make an impact on our program in the classroom and on the field.” 

Jazzy Burns // Catcher/Utility // Menifee, Calif./Murrieta Mesa

  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the Southwestern League in 2022
  • First team all-state and an All-CIF Southern selection
  • Plays summer ball for the Athletics Mercado
  • Rated by Extra Innings Softball as the nation’s No. 9 catcher and No. 21 overall player
  • A TCS 18U Futures selection and Alliance 18U power pool first team
  • An honor roll student and Pride award winner in 2022

Kovach Schoenly on Burns: “A catcher and field general, Jazzy has been a dominant presence behind the plate. In addition, she brings a power punch to the offensive lineup. Jazzy has true leadership skills and guts to make plays all over the field.”

Taylor Cruse // Outfielder // Basehor, Kan./Basehor Linwood

  • Three-sport athlete at Basehor Linwood, competing in volleyball, basketball and softball
  • Named the United Kansas Conference Player of the Year and a 5A first team all-state selection as both a sophomore and junior
  • Helped her team with a 22-1 overall record, conference title and runner-up finish in the 5A state tournament
  • A finalist for the KCMO Earl Award
  • USA Today High School Sports award finalist during her sophomore season in 2021
  • Finished her volleyball career with over 2,000 assists as a setter; three-time all-conference selection
  • An honorable mention all-league pick in basketball
  • Ranked as the No. 28 overall player in her class by Extra Innings Softball
  • Finalist for the PFG All-Star Game and helped her summer ball team, Select Fastpitch, to a runner-up showing at the PFG 18U Nationals
  • Her mom, Christy, played softball at the University of Kansas

Kovach Schoenly on Cruse: “A three-sport athlete, Taylor is a speedy outfielder with range, a strong arm, and elite instincts. She has a unique combination of hitting for high average and power. She will also be a threat in the bases.”

Lottie Landmesser // Infielder // Canton, Ga./Cherokee

  • A four-year letterwinner at Cherokee High School where she was school’s 2022 Female Athlete of the Year
  • Set the school’s single season record for runs scored during her junior season when she was named the Cherokee County Player of the Year
  • A two-time All-Region and All-State selection (2021 and 2022)
  • Has played summer ball since 2018 with the EC Bullets
  • Set six school records as a safety/defensive back on the Cherokee flag football team
  • Is a member of Cherokee’s student-athlete leadership team (SALT)

Kovach Schoenly on Landmesser: “In Lottie, we were able to find an infielder with soft hands, quick release, and versatility. Watching Lottie during the recruiting period, she was a highlight reel on defense. Offensively, Lottie will drive the gaps and cause chaos.”

Cadyn Ruffer // Infield // La Mesa, Calif./Valhalla

  • Hit .417 last season with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 23 stolen bases to earn CIF first-team honors
  • Was given the school’s Outstanding Underclassmen Athlete Award
  • Her eight home runs tied a school record for an non-senior
  • Named a team captain as a junior in 2022
  • CIF first-team all-league in 2021 and named the team’s best defensive player
  • A three-year letterwinner as a member of Valhalla’s water polo team
  • Plays summer ball for the Southern California Firecrackers

Kovach Schoenly on Ruffer: “Cadyn is a unique power hitter – the ball just flies off her bat. We look for Cadyn to help on the left side of our infield and join in the long line of power hitters at Ohio State.”