Rutgers Baseball Announces 2010-2011 Recruiting Class
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 19, 2009) – Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill has announced the signing of seven scholastic standouts to National Letters of Intent.
The group includes infielder Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.), outfielders Joseph D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.), catcher Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) and pitchers Charlie Lasky (Freehold, N.J.), Slater McCue (Radnor, Pa.) and Andrew Sullivan (Monroe, N.J.).
South Carolina adds 13 for 2010-2011 Season
Columbia, S.C. – The University of South Carolina baseball program has announced the signing of 13 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period. The class consists of eight high school players along with five junior college transfers.
"It was imperative that we signed a class that can make an immediate impact," said head coach Ray Tanner. "We have eight seniors on our 2010 team and expect a number of our players to be drafted. Coach Holbrook and Coach Calvi have worked tirelessly to assemble a talented group."
The Gamecocks added prospects from eight different states including two players from the state of South Carolina, right-handed pitchers Forrest Koumas (Elgin, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin HS) and Drake Thomason (Taylors, S.C./Eastside HS).
Arkansas inks 14 for 2010-2011 Season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas baseball head coach Dave Van Horn has announced the signing of 14 players for the 2010-11 season. With five seniors on this year’s team and the potential hit to the roster following the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the Razorbacks fill multiple positions with this signing class. All 14 members will enter the Razorback baseball program as freshmen.
"We were able to take care of some of the needs for the future of the program with this group," Van Horn said. "We worked hard and went after some talented high school seniors, so I’m excited about the opportunity we have now to develop these young players and add them to the core of guys we have now. Having a strong group of young players will only help the longevity of our program."
Wake Forest signs 9 for 2010-2011 Season
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest head baseball coach Tom Walter announced the signing of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The class will be eligible beginning in the fall of 2010.
"We are obviously thrilled with our recruiting class," Walter said. "Coach (Dennis) Healy and coach (Bill) Cilento did a great job of combing the country and bringing in the best players. We address our needs with this class. We have four quality pitching prospects, as well as infield, outfield and catching help."
Georgia Southern signs nine for 2010-2011 Season
STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern University head coach Rodney Hennon announced Thursday (Nov. 19) nine players have signed to play baseball for the Eagles. Hennon’s newest recruiting class was announced following the fall signing period.
The Eagles (42-17 overall), coming off a 2009 Southern Conference Tournament championship and number two seed in the NCAA Regionals, received commitments from four pitchers and five position players.
Hawai’i adds six for 2010-2011 Season
HONOLULU – University of Hawai‘i head baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent for the 2011 season Wednesday.
The class consists of four prepsters, three from Hawai‘i and one from the state of Washington, and two junior college transfers.
The three local high schoolers are Jarrett Arakawa, a left-handed pitcher from ‘Iolani School, Keanu Carmichael, a catcher from Kamehameha, and Kale Ka‘alekahi, a right-handed pitcher from Campbell. All three earned first-team all-state honors in 2009. The only other prep player that signed was Luke Taylor, a right-handed pitcher from Woodinville, Wash.
Dallas Baptist signs six for 2010-2011 Season
Head Baseball Coach Dan Heefner announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this week. The class is composed of five high school and one junior college player, all from the state of Texas. Heefner, 2008 Midwest Region Coach of the Year and two-time NCAA Independent Coach of the Year, said, “We think this group has the character and talent to be an impact class for our program. These six guys are high-character guys off the field which, combined with their talent, makes their ceiling unlimited when it comes to baseball. Our goal is to be one of the best programs in the country in the development of players and this class will give us a head start in that category because of their talent and work ethic.”
Temple signs four for 2010-2011
PHILADELPHIA – Temple head baseball coach Rob Valli has announced the signing of four student-athletes, RHP Zac Batchelor, RHP Phil Gianakos, RHP Matt Hockenberry, and C Will Remillard to National Letters of Intent. The group will begin their careers at Temple during the 2011 season.
“I am especially proud of this class,” commented Valli. “We signed four student-athletes who have the potential to make a tremendous impact on our program. All four have been dedicated to their sport year-round and compete at the highest levels.”
Ole Miss sign two hitters for 2010-2011 Season
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss baseball team continued to add to its 2010 signing class with the signing of Jordan Poole and Gabe Woods, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Thursday.
The pair are the latest announced signees, joining previously announced signees Will Allen, Austin Anderson, Ryan Bolden, Nathan Foriest, Casey Greene, Austin Hartzog, Jimel Judon, Casey Mulholland, Mike Mayers, Preston Overbey and Bobby Wahl.
Texas A&M signs 11 for 2010-2011 Season
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M baseball team signed 11 student-athletes to national letters of intent, head coach Rob Childress announced Thursday.
Krey Bratsen (Bryan), Blair Dickey (Amarillo), Kyle Chaskin (Houston), Charlie Curl (Amarillo), Spencer Davis (The Woodlands), Derrick Hadley (Navasota), Ty Marlow (Giddings), Kendrick Perkins (La Porte), Jace Statum (Orangefield), Kirby Taylor (Bellaire) and James Wooster (League City/Alvin JC) make up the all-Texan class that is slated to take the field for the Aggies in the fall of 2010.
"I think it’s an incredible class," Childress said. "The position players all fit our criteria of strength and speed and will fit into our philosophy of what we’re trying to do offensively, and the pitchers are all difference-makers that could help us today. It’s a solid group of athletes that are also great people and great students, and I feel like they are going to fit very well into our program. (Assistant Coach) Justin (Seely) and (Associate Head Coach) Matt (Deggs) both spent countless hours on the road evaluating and recruiting these kids and have put together another outstanding class for Texas A&M baseball."
Georgia State signs four for 2010-2011 Season
The Georgia State baseball team added four student-athletes who signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Greg Frady announced on Thursday. The group is made up of four pitchers who will be on campus starting next fall.
"Coming into this fall, we placed a huge emphasis on our recruitment of pitchers," commented head coach Greg Frady. "I think we hit the target, signing four pitchers with different ages. Some will give us immediate help, while others allow us to continue to build for the future. "Individually, the four signees have have great arms and I think will contribute greatly to our team."
Wes Holley added to UAB for 2010-2011 Season
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Wes Holley, a right-handed pitcher from Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., signed a National Letter of Intent with the UAB baseball program during the early signing period.
This past spring, Holley made an immediate impact on the Wallace State pitching staff, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.33 ERA in his freshman season. Holley recorded 49 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .144 batting average. He helped Wallace State to a 38-13 overall record.
TJ Rich joins Memphis for 2010-2011 Season
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Head coach Daron Schoenrock continues to add talent to the University of Memphis baseball program as Middle Georgia College first baseman T.J. Rich signed his National Letter of Intent to finish his collegiate career with the Blue and Gray. Rich is the first junior college signee of the early signing period.
"We are very excited with the left-handed power potential T.J. will bring to our lineup," Schoenrock said. "He comes from the talent-rich state of Georgia and has faced quality competition his whole baseball career. He also has World Series experience under the direction of Coach Craig Young from a program that has produced countless quality players. He will be a great addition to our program."
Cleveland State adds four for 2010-2011 Season
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Frank Dufour, Paul Durbak, and Bryce Smetana join junior college transfer Randon Henika as early signees with the Cleveland State baseball program.
Head coach Kevin Kocks made the announcement on Thursday (Nov. 19) afternoon.
"Overall, this is a very solid recruiting class, which coupled with last year’s strong class, continues building the foundation for this program to compete for a Horizon League Championship and NCAA regional berth in the very near future," Kocks said. "These are quality young men and players who will immediately fit in and positively impact our program."
Lindsay Meggs adds Ten for 2010-2011 Season
SEATTLE – New University of Washington baseball coach Lindsay Meggs has received National Letters of Intent from nine high school seniors and one junior college sophomore who will join the Huskies for the 2011 season. The 10 players who signed letters did so during the early signing period, which began Nov. 11. There will also be a late signing period beginning in April.
The 10 signees are: RHP Jeff Brigham (Federal Way/Thomas Jefferson), RHP Kyle Ferramola (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), RHP Tyler Kane (Everett, Wash./Archbishop Murphy), LHP Kyle Olason (Blaine), OF Spencer Rogers (Issaquah), LHP Robby Ryan (Kirkland/Juanita), C B.K. Santy (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo/Palomar JC), C Alex Sloan (Sumner), RHP Austin Voth (Kent/Kentwood) and RHP Zach Wright (Kent/Kentlake).
Appalachian State adds Eight for 2010-2011 Season
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University baseball signed six high-school seniors and two junior-college prospects to National Letters of Intent during this month’s early signing period, head coach Chris Pollard announced on Thursday. IF/RHP Austin Brice (Pittsboro, N.C./Northwood), LHP Chad Farmer (Evan, Ga./Greenbriar), IF Cal Hardee (Boone, N.C./Watauga) IF Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) and his brother, IF Trey Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan/Pitt C.C.), IF/LHP Lawrence Pardo (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), IF/RHP Preston Troutman (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) and RHP Ben Watson (Ty Ty, Ga./Tift County/Young Harris J.C.) will attend ASU beginning next fall with their first season on the field for the Mountaineers coming in the spring of 2011.
Western Kentucky signs Five for 2010-2011 Season
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head baseball coach Chris Finwood announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. Current high school seniors Justin Hageman, Bret Sutton, Brian Doering and G.J. Strauss will have four years of eligibility when arriving at WKU in 2010-11, and junior college transfer Mike Mosby will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"First of all, I can’t say enough about the hard work that Coach (Blake) Allen and Coach (Matt) Myers put in to this early signing class," Finwood said. "I thought they did a great job of developing relationships with the players and their families and coaches, and they really sold WKU and our baseball program.
ULM adds three more for 2010-2011 Season
MONROE, La.-ULM baseball head coach Jeff Schexnaider finalized his early signing class with the addition of three players from Hinds Community College on Thursday. Left-handed pitcher Fraser Adams, right-handed pitcher Brent Gay and shortstop Jason Hicks all signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2011 season.
LMU adds seven to 2010-2011 Freshman Class
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – LMU baseball signed seven standout athletes during November’s early signing period, second-year Head Coach Jason Gill announced earlier this week. Bret Dahlson(RHP/1B – JSerra Catholic HS), Gabriel Encinas (RHP – St. Paul HS), Alonzo Gonzalez (LHP – Santa Monica HS), Jacob Medina (INF/OF – Mater Dei HS), Michael Rowland (OF/INF – Ayala HS), Jacob Smigelski (RHP/OF – Glendora HS) and Arman Valenzuela (C – Northview HS) have each signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lions in the fall of 2010.