Ashley Clayson and Jordan Theurer Sign NLI with SUU
SUU Strategic Communications

Southern Utah Softball to Add Two Utah High School Standouts

November 30, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah Nov. 30 – The Southern Utah University softball team added another impressive recruiting class under third year coach Kyle Magnusson this week as the Thunderbirds received commitments from local standouts Ashley Clayson from Copper Hills High School and reigning Ms. Softball for the state of Utah Jordan Theurer of Bear River.

“For the past two years we have had the best player in the state commit to SUU,” commented SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson. “Those are the kind of kids we want to have here, having players like that will definitely pay off in the future.”

Clayson has had an outstanding career at Copper Hills, leading the Grizzlies to a Region III title and the school’s first appearance in the state championship game. The 5’3” right-hander has played behind the plate and in the infield while posting a .441 batting average. Her performance helped her garner honorable mention recognition on the Deseret News 5A all-state team.

The West Jordan native also competed in Summer League with the Utah Thunder and brought home a national title this past season. Clayson has represented the state of Utah as a member of the National Adidas Team during the past two years and hit a game-winning homerun to help the team capture the Adidas Futures Tournament earlier this year.

“Ashley played shortstop for her high school team and catcher during the summer, that shows that she brings some versatility,” stated Magnusson. “She is compact and has a good swing and hits the ball really well. She also has a strong arm which allows her to play at multiple positions.”

The Thunderbirds will also welcome Bear River star Jordan Theurer, who becomes one of the most decorated athletes in program history. The Tremonton, Utah native has led the Bears to two consecutive state titles and was selected as the tournament MVP following each appearance. She has also received back-to-back 3A season MVP awards from the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News.

This past season Theurer racked up a .442 batting average with four homeruns and 48 RBI to go along with a 2.09 ERA, 151 strikeouts in 157.1 innings pitched and an overall record of 22-4 in the circle. She also tossed 12 shutouts and a no-hitter during her junior campaign. Those numbers led to her being named Ms. Softball by the Deseret News and the 2012 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year by ESPN.

“The biggest thing about Jordan is how competitive she is,” explained Magnusson. “In last year’s championship she struggled in her first outing, but then came back and pitched a shutout. That shows that she has some fight in her. She will pitch some for us and is an excellent hitter.”

The two Utah softball standouts will join the team next fall and take to the field starting in the spring of 2014.