After catching the eye of coaches at camp this summer, South Walton's Camille Cosson has signed to play softball for Northwest Florida State College next year.

"This was real unexpected for me, I was just going for a camp," said the 18-year-old daughter of Burt and Tiffany Cosson of Ponce de Leon.

But after the NWFSC coaches saw her bat, run and field, they wanted her to become a Lady Raider.

"It was obvious she stood out. That girl can go," said Raider Coach Christina Hamilton at the signing Wednesday morning at South Walton High School "We like the way she swings from the left side, and she's got some speed.

As for her fielding, "based on what we saw she's got it," she added.

And Cosson has apparently had "it" for a number of years.

"She's very consistent and dedicated and understands the game very well," said South Walton Softball Coach Bob Hartness.

Last year, Cosson who plays centerfield and first base for the South Walton Seahawks, finished with a .310 batting average and a .418 on base percentage. She connected for 31 singles, nine doubles and three triples.

"Camille has been one of my leaders on the team, both with athleticism and leadership both on and off the field," Hartness said. "She is tenacious and loves a challenge.

Cosson got her start on the softball field at 8 years old.

"I was trying all the sports at first," she said, noting she gave track, basketball and softball a try.

"I love to compete and play as a team. We've become like a family," Cosson said, noting she gets a lot of support from the seniors on the team. As a matter of fact, the entire softball team, along with family and friends were on hand in the media center Wednesday at the high school to congratulate Cosson on her signing.

For the last three years as a Seahawk, Cosson has manned first base on occasion, but she likes playing centerfield and batting.

"I like to hit," Cosson said. And when The Sun asked if there is a particular pitch she prefers taking a cut at, she said, "I kind of like them all if they are a strike."

Cosson is looking forward to swinging at the plate for the Raiders.

"It's a whole other level, but I'm excited," she said.

But Cosson is not just in it for the ball.

"I'm looking to get a nursing degree just like my mom," she said.