High School Sports

Pacelli's Taylor Cooper signs with Alabama A&M softball

Pacelli softball player Taylor Cooper signed a letter of intent to Alabama A&M on Wednesday at a ceremony in the school library.

It was the end to a year in which her team struggled, but she was able to find great individual success. Ending the season with a .610 batting average, she got plenty of attention at different colleges. She said she chose Alabama A&M over a “bunch” of others.

“My family and I prayed about it and talked to the coaches and decided at the end that Alabama A&M was the best choice because I felt at home there,” she said.

The best part for her was to find a place with a competitive atmosphere that could help motivate her to become the player she wants to be. She found that in the coaching staff and her future teammates.

“The softball program is very competitive,” she said. “I like the girls there. They’re supportive, but at the same time they will fight for their position, which helps me become more aggressive to do the things I need to do.”

Getting the signing out of the way felt like a relief, she said, and she’s now ready to begin her next journey.

“It’s a great feeling,” she said. “I feel happy about it, and now it’s just what comes next. It’s just the start. It’s another story, another journey for me.”