Austin Peay signs Nine to NLI’s
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Facing the loss of 11 seniors, including four pitchers, following the upcoming 2010 campaign, Austin Peay State University head baseball coach Gary McClure and his coaching staff had plenty of work to do on the recruiting trail. That work paid off, Wednesday, as nine players signed a letter of intent on the first day of the signing period.
The Govs signed eight high school seniors and one junior college sophomore to letters of intent. The nine players hail from seven different states: Tennessee, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey and New York. Four pitchers, including three left-handed hurlers, are included in the count along with two catchers and three fielders.
Lamar grabs to local stars in Early Signing Period
BEAUMONT – Two local pitchers, both with strong connections to Lamar University, became the first baseball players to reach scholarship agreements with the Cardinal baseball program during this year’s early signing period.
Kane Benoit, a right-hander from Port Neches-Groves, and Vidor left-hander Trae’ Hester will join the Cardinals after completing their high school seasons next spring. Both were All-District 20-4A selections last spring, and each will be representing his school in bi-district football action this weekend.
Benoit, a 6-foot, 185-pounder, is coached by former Lamar pitcher Jay Stone, while the 6-foot, 190-pound Hester has been learning his baseball from Kyle Green, another former Cardinal pitcher.
LA-Monroe adds Two for 2011 Season
MONROE, La.-The ULM baseball signing class increased to four on Thursday afternoon as outfielder Les Aulds and right-handed pitcher Cale Wine signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2011 season, head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced.
Louisiana signs Nine for 2011 Season
University of Louisiana baseball head coach Tony Robichaux announced Thursday the signing of nine student-athletes for the 2010-11 academic year.
The group includes seven players from the state of Louisiana. They will be eligible to play their first season of baseball in 2011.
Local products include Jordan Bourque (Sunset, La. – Teurlings Catholic), Tony Dischler (Rayne, La. – LSU-Eunice/Rayne High School),Ryan Leonards (Branch, La. – Notre Dame High School) and Michael Strentz (Lafayette, La. – Comeaux High School).
They are joined by Chase Compton (Slidell, La. – Northshore High School), Dominick Francia (Mobile, Ala. – St. Paul’s High School), Matt Hicks (Bridge City, Texas – Bridge City High School), Caleb Kellog(DeQuincy, La. – DeQuincy High School) and Kyle Neely (Merryville, La. – Merryville High School).
UNLV add Eight for 2011 Season
LAS VEGAS – UNLV baseball received signed national letters of intent from eight student-athletes who will enroll at UNLV next fall and be eligible to play during the 2011 season for the Rebels, head coach Buddy Gouldsmith announced Thursday.
"We are excited to announce our 2010 signees," Gouldsmith said. "This class is pointed in its attempt to fill our specific needs at this time. Recruiting coordinator David Martinez, as well as our entire staff, has worked diligently to ensure that we develop this program through high school players."
All eight recruits are high school prospects, including three from Las Vegas, and the class includes five pitchers for the Rebels. The class is made up of Buddy Borden, Dillon Bryant, Keegan Dale, Zach Hartman, Joey Lauria, Kyle McNutt, Brandon Rainford and Taylor Smart. Borden, Hartman and Lauria are from Las Vegas, while Bryant, Dale and McNutt are from California, Rainford is from South Dakota and Smart is from Washington.
"Nearly half of the class hails from Las Vegas," Gouldsmith said. "We have always been committed to ensuring that UNLV is an option for the best players from Southern Nevada as well as the state, and we are excited about the local products that have chosen to pursue their educational and athletic goals at UNLV."
Ole Miss grab four in-state Recruits
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss baseball program picked up some of the top baseball talent in the state of Mississippi when four players signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels head coach Mike Bianco announced on Thursday.
Ryan Bolden, Austin Hartzog, Casey Greene and Jimel Judon all signed to compete for the Rebels as a part of the 2010-2011 academic year. The quartet is the first group of signees to be announced as a part of the 2010 recruiting class.
Mississippi State adds eight for 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State University head baseball coach has announced the signing of eight baseball players to national letters of intent to open the week-long November signing period for baseball.
"Our coaching staff has put together another outstanding collection of highly-skilled baseball signees," said Cohen. "Last year’s recruiting class was more of a pitching-oriented class and included more junior college signees. This year’s class is dominated by players from the high school ranks and features some versatile players who could play two or more positions. We’ve got some very good players in this class, but the most impressive thing about this group is its overall athleticism."
The initial group of signees from the fall signing class includes outfielder Cody Abraham (Sugar Land, Texas), catcher Brett Bozeman (Gainesville, Fla.), C.T. Bradford (Pace, Fla.), Victor Diaz (Perth Amboy, N.J.), outfielder Corey Dickerson (Brookhaven, Miss.), shortstop Adam Frazier (Bishop, Ga.), shortstop Demarcus Henderson (Waynesboro, Miss.), and shortstop Chase Lewallen (Sumrall, Miss.). All are signees from the prep ranks except Bozeman, from Santa Fe (Fla.) College and Dickerson, from Meridian (Miss.) Community College.
Texas adds two more to 2011 Class
AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas Baseball received National Letters of Intent from two more high school student-athletes on the second day of the early signing period, head coach Augie Garrido announced on Thursday.
“Coach (Tommy) Harmon added two infielders to what we expect to be an outstanding recruiting class,” Garrido said.
Thursday’s signees included Alex Silver, a middle infielder from Houston Bellaire HS, and Christian Summers a middle infielder from San Angelo Central HS. Both players were members of the 2009 Texas Rangers Area Code Team and all-district performers as juniors.
Oklahoma adds three more to 2011 Class
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma baseball head coach Sunny Golloway announced the signing of three student athletes to complete the 2011 incoming class on Thursday.
The Sooners added Jonathan Gray, a right-handed pitcher from Chandler H.S. in Oklahoma, Zach Good, a left-handed pitcher (utility player) from Mesquite H.S. in Texas, and Scott Myers, a right-handed pitcher from Palomar Junior College.
Overall, the Sooners signed 14 players, including 10 high school players and four from the junior college level.
Gray is one of five players from the Sooner state recruited by OU as he joins fellow prep stars, Cale Coshow (Deer Creek H.S.), Casey Coyle (PC North H.S.), Dillon Overton (Weatherford H.S.) and Cayle Shambaugh (Jay H.S.)
Good is one of seven recruits from the state of Texas while Myers is the lone player from California in the class.
Southern Miss adds two JUCO’s to 2011 Class
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss baseball program signed junior college players in the early signing period today for the 2011 baseball season.
"There two guys fit our program very well," head coach Scott Berry said. "We are looking for hard-nosed, blue-collar players and these guys will bring that everyday."
The two junior college transfers are Matt Shaw, a 6’4" RHP from Northwest CC and Ashley Graeter, a 6’1" INF/RHP from Pearl River CC.
Ethan Gross signs with Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ethan Gross, a standout shortstop at Mt. Juliet High School, signed his National Letter of Intent to play his collegiate baseball at the University of Memphis, head coach Daron Schoenrock announced today. Gross is the Tiger’s second early signee.
"Ethan possesses great athleticism and the game savvy you look for in a shortstop," Schoenrock said. "He loves to compete and is another future Tiger who has played for championships at a number of levels. We are very excited with Ethan’s decision to become a Tiger."
Matt Morse signs with UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The UAB baseball program has announced the signing of shortstop Matt Morse, a product of Sandwich, Ill., and Aurora Christian High School, to a National Letter of Intent.
Morse, a team captain at Aurora Christian for head coach Andy Zorger, is entering his fourth season as the team’s starting shortstop. He will complete his high school career in the spring of 2010 and enroll at UAB for the 2010-11 academic year.
Belmont Announces 2011 Early Signees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Belmont baseball announced the signing of three athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday during the early signing period. The class includes left-handed pitcher James Buckelew, shortstop Greg Brody — both club teammates from Georgia — and Kentucky native Spencer Petett, a catcher with a powerful offensive upside.