Signing Day is still 14 months away for Toni Hebert.
But that didn’t stop the John Curtis softball player from committing to Northwestern State on Wednesday.
“I just wanted to get it out of the way,” Hebert said. “It’s a big relief off my shoulders. I went and visited this past weekend and I really felt at home. I loved the coaching staff and I talked to some of the girls and they loved it there.
“Their softball program has really gone up the past two years and I am looking forward to becoming a part of that.”
Hebert, a junior shortstop and catcher, is in her first season at Curtis after transferring from Riverside when her mother, Kristy Hebert, returned to Curtis as the school’s athletic director for girls sports.
She said the transition back to Curtis, where she attended from pre-K through fourth grade, has been an easy one. She also plays volleyball for the Patriots.
“It’s been good,” she said. “I came back and felt like I had been here my whole life.”
Hebert pitched last season, helping lead Riverside to the semifinals of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.
She was named Most Valuable Player in District 10-2A after batting .449 with 38 stolen bases.
She was also a member of The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Softball Team as a utility player.
Hebert can make her commitment official in November, 2015 during the NCAA’s early signing period.