Early Signings for Freshman Class of 2011

NorthDakotaStatePhoto Here is your list of 2011 Early Signing Day press releases for November 11th. We will do a big post each day on this subject until the amount of releases slow down.

North Dakota State signs Four to National Letters of Intent

FARGO, N.D.–Four Minnesota high school standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball and continue their education at North Dakota State University.

NDSU head coach Tod Brown made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 11, the first day of the one-week early signing period.

Spring Lake Park pitcher Joe Axelson, Grand Rapids infielder John Skrbec, Anoka pitcher Parker Trewin, and Osseo pitcher Sam Windle are the four players to commit.

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ULM grabs Top JUCO Talent

MONROE, La.-The ULM baseball team landed a prize recruit on Wednesday when Joey Rapp signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2011 season, head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced.

Rapp, a right-handed outfielder, batted .356 with 10 home runs, eight doubles and 34 RBIs in 35 starts last season as a freshman at Chipola Community College. His outstanding season did not go unnoticed as the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was selected in the 41st round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Texas A&M Corpus-Christi grabs Four for 2011 Season

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head baseball coach Scott Malone announced the addition of four players to NLIs Wednesday on the first day of the fall signing period.

Malone’s Islanders added two pitchers – Henry Garcia and Roland Botello, a shortstop Logan Nottebrok, and outfielder Sean Washington.

"We are extremely excited to add this latest group of Islander players," said Malone. "Baseball is a sport where you build your strength through the middle of the field. I think we have done that with this group this year with a pair of pitchers, a shortstop and centerfielder. I feel these players have the potential to come in and play right away."

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Samford announces Nine Signees for 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford Baseball coaching staff has announced the addition of nine student-athletes in the early signing period for the 2010 recruiting class.

As the team heads into their second season in the Southern Conference, this will be the first large class that has been recruited as a member of the prestigious league. Head Coach Casey Dunn has high expectations for the group.

"Hopefully you always feel good about a group you have chosen to bring in, but we are very excited about these guys and the impact we feel they can have on our program," Dunn said. "Last year’s group was very strong but not a large one, we feel we have added the type of talent we need to compete at the highest levels of the Southern Conference. We discovered last year this is a league full of big, physical players and we addressed our needs with that in mind."

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TCU Baseball Inks Seven for 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU baseball head coach Jim Schlossnagle announced the signing of seven athletes to National Letters of Intent. All seven members hail from the state of Texas. The class features six high school players and one junior college transfer.

Three of the signees are from the Metroplex in Brett Johnson (INF, Plano/Plano Senior High), Teddy Nowell (LHP, Mesquite/Navarro J.C.) and Tony Rizzotti (RHP, Arlington/Martin High School). The other four members of the class are from the Houston area in Stefan Crichton (RHP, Katy/Cinco Ranch High School), Nicholas Frey (RHP, The Woodlands/The Woodlands High School), Tyler Green (RHP/INF, Lake Jackson/Brazoswood) and Andrew Mitchell (RHP, Houston/Stratford High School).

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Miami (OH) grabs Two for 2011

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University baseball head coach Dan Simonds has announced the signing of Seth Varner and Andrew Wills to letters of intent during the early signing period. The duo will join the RedHawks beginning with the 2010-11 season.

"We realized going in that the 2010 recruiting class would be rather small, nevertheless our goal with each recruiting class is to bring in players we believe can make an immediate impact," Simonds said. "We feel we’ve done just that with the signings of Andrew Wills and Seth Varner."

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Memphis grabs a Stud Pitcher for 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Memphis baseball program got the 2009 early signing period underway today by inking Northlake Christian High School lefthander and 2009 Louisiana 1A State Most Outstanding Player, Bryan Picou to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Daron Schoenrock announced.

"Bryan plays the game with passion," Schoenrock said. "He has won a state championship and is slated for a dual role. Coach Roland Skinner has done an outstanding job preparing Bryan for college baseball and he is a great addition to the Tiger program."

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Baylor signs Seven to NLI for 2011

WACO, Texas — Baylor baseball will welcome seven student-athletes to the program, head coach Steve Smith announced Wednesday. The class is comprised of six high school athletes, all from Texas, as well as one transfer. The Bears’ class includes six pitchers and one infielder.

"We are very pleased and excited about this group," Smith said. "As a group, this is a very talented class both on the field and in the classroom."

The following will join Baylor’s baseball program in the fall of 2010: LHP Doug Ashby (McKinney, Texas; McKinney Boyd HS), RHP Tyler Bremer(Berkeley, Calif.;Yavapai College; UC Davis), RHP Trae Davis (Mexia, Texas; Mexia HS), LHP Brad Kuntz (Austin, Texas; Lake Travis HS), RHPDillon Newman (Belton, Texas; Belton HS), IF Grayson Porter (Linden, Texas; McLeod HS) and RHP Sean Spicer (Dallas, Texas; J.J. Pearce HS).

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Illinois sign Six for 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Illinois coach Dan Hartleb announced the signing of six student-athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday. At this point, the 2010 signing class is composed of Drasen Johnson, of Chillicothe, Ill.,Thomas Lindauer, of Moline, Ill., Rob McDonnell, of Barrington, Ill., Ronnie Muck, of Park Ridge, Ill., Kelly Norris-Jones, of Victoria, British Columbia, and Reid Roper, of Harrisburg, Ill.

"We are excited to welcome another highly talented class into our program," Illinois head coach Dan Hartlebsaid. "We feel that we have addressed all of our immediate needs with some of the top athletes in the state of Illinois and Canada. All of the players in this class have played for very competitive and successful teams. These student-athletes have a track record of winning at a high level as well as being good people and citizens. (Associate head) coach (Eric) Snider and (Assistant) coach (Ken) Westray did another outstanding job of identifying another class where each player has the ability to help our program play at the national level early in his career.

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