As of last year, Bianca Mora wasn’t sure she wanted to play college softball.
As of Friday, the South Forsyth senior knows she’ll be a Division I player.
Mora verbally committed to Georgia Tech on Friday, capping a few months’ worth of recruiting courtship after the Lady War Eagles’ catcher rediscovered her passion for the sport this past summer.
Not that Mora’s play suffered any. Last season, she hit .427 with nine doubles, a school-record seven home runs and 33 RBI to be named all-county, all-region and all-state.
But through her sophomore and junior seasons, Mora said she was undecided on her softball future. Meanwhile, she watched friends and teammates on her travel and high school teams commit to play in college.
“I didn’t want to commit to something that I wasn’t sure about,” Mora said.
That changed this past summer. Another season spent with her friends and teammates on her travel and high school teams – maybe the last one – gave her a new perspective.
“This bond is special,” Mora said, “and it’s not something I want to be done with. That’s when I decided to play at the next level.”
Mora found a suitor in the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech first saw her play at the Scenic City Showcase in Chattanooga in early June. Mora exchanged messages with the Yellow Jackets throughout the summer. Georgia Tech pitching coach Sage Woodham came to see Mora at South’s game against Central this past Tuesday.
Mora took her official visit to The Flats on Friday, touring the campus, meeting with academic advisors, eating lunch with the team, even running into former South football standout Jalen Camp, now a promising freshman wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets.
At the end, Mora met with fourth-year head coach Shelly Hoerner in her office where she was offered a scholarship. Mora didn’t leave without accepting it.
“I told her this is where I want to be,” Mora said. “All the people [at Georgia Tech] you could tell were so genuine. I was surrounded by so much support. … It was very intimate. It was very personal.”
After announcing the decision on Twitter, Mora said she feels relaxed after her long college recruiting journey.
“I can breathe now,” she said.
The next day, Mora got on a plane to Minneapolis, then drove 100 miles south to Mason City, Iowa, to visit her grandparents. She planned to surprise them with the good news. They, like Mora herself, thought she might never play softball after this high school season.
“Now I’m 100 percent,” Mora said.