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2025s in 5: Wichita State Commit Mia Richards

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D1Softball continues to expand its coverage in every aspect of the game. As we increase our attention toward the recruiting scene, we’ve started a new series called “2025s in 5,” asking five questions to 2025 softball recruits who have recently committed. We kick things off with Texas native Mia Richards, who gave her verbal commitment to Wichita State in September.

Note: While this article is free, going forward this series will be for D1Softball Subscribers only. But we wanted to preview what this series will look like for readers who are interested.

Mia Richards
Position: 1st/C/OF
Travel Ball Organization: Texas Glory
Hometown: Brock, Texas

What about the environment and culture drew you to Wichita State?

Wichita State has a family-centered culture. The coaching staff, the team, and the fans were all a family. The coaches push the athletes every day to be better softball players and also better humans. 

How has the Wichita State offense of the past few years left an impression on you as a recruit? 

The girls hit the long ball. I want to be bigger and stronger to be an asset right away. 

Are there any softball players you admire or resemble your game after?

Sami Hood at Wichita State. She played ball for Glory during some of her travel years. She smashes the ball. She’s a great person and a great athlete. She was my host on my visit and made it the best experience ever.

What would you believe are your strengths as a player and what are you most focused on improving on right now?

I’m always the loudest one on the field. My voice just carries. I’m usually smashing the ball. 

I’m working on getting stronger. I lost some weight over the summer when I grew, and I can feel it. I need to gain it back in muscle and stay quick and strong.

What are you most excited about going forward the next few years before arriving at Wichita State?

Summers playing travel ball are the best. Long days in the fields in amazing places, seeing coaches and players you haven’t seen in forever, bonding with your teammates. Softball summers are some of the best memories of my life. Every athlete should experience it. I want to make sure I’m 100% ready to show up my freshman year prepared to make an impact. College ball is the ultimate dream. I can’t believe it’s finally real.