Oregon State Signee Showcase: Brian Pointer
Brian Pointer recently signed his national letter of intent to join the Oregon State baseball team for the 2011 season. He is a native of Reno, Nev., and attends Galena High School.
As a junior, he posted 11 home runs, 41 walks, 14 stolen bases and 33 RBI. He was named first-team all-league after last season, also earning first-team all-league honors his sophomore season. Pointer is related to Allie Reynolds, who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1942-54 with the New York Yankees. His grandfather, Arnold, played football and baseball at Oklahoma.
Dustin Jones signs with Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. (11/29/09) – ASU head baseball coach Tommy Raffo announced Monday that Valley View shortstop Dustin Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Arkansas State.
At 5-10, 150 pounds, Jones has been a part of two state championship teams with the Blazers and has been named All-Conference following all three years of his career at Valley View. Following his junior season, he was also named All-State, All-State Tournament and All-Arkansas after hitting .494 with 29 RBIs and 41 runs scored. In 2008, Jones’ Jonesboro Ricemen American Legion team won both the State and Mid-South Championships, and the team won the State Championship again in 2009.
FIU signs 11 for 2010-2011 Season
Head coach Turtle Thomas and the FIU baseball team received 11 National Letters of Intent during the early-signing period, and the 2011 class is shaping up to be one of the best in the program’s history. "Our assistant coaches did an excellent job in recruiting," said Thomas. "They filled a lot of needs that we have for our coming year, by getting not only some of the best high school talent in America, but also top of the line JUCO players."
The class includes three players that played for their respective national teams in Manny Machado (USA), Kellin Deglan (Canada) and Mike Ellis (Canada). Machado would be a highlight of every signing class in America as he is ranked as the No.1 position player in the country and No.4 player overall. "We’re continuing to build our program, and when the best position player in the country commits to you and then signs with you in the early signing period, that’s tremendous for our baseball program and where we’re trying to take it," said Thomas about Machado.
Eastern Michigan signs five for 2010-2011 Season
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) –Eastern Michigan University head baseball coach Jay Alexander has announced five student-athletes have committed to EMU in the early fall signing period. Darren Burks (Matteson, Ill.-Rich South), Adam Dennison (Broadview Heights, Ohio-Padua), Derek Long (Gilbert, Ariz.-Mesquite), Lee Longo (Gates Mills, Ohio-Mayfield) and junior college transfer Brian Hill (Flagstaff, Ariz.-Sinagua-Phoenix College) have committed to EMU for the 2011 season.
“I am excited about this class and the outstanding job our coaching staff has done in bringing in student-athletes who have the ability to make an immediate impact,” Alexander said. “All of the early signees are exceptional students in the classroom as well as on the field. I believe we brought the best kids in to fit our system and they will be a welcome addition to the EMU baseball family.”
Akron adds Seven for 2010-2011 Season
AKRON, Ohio – Head coach Pat Bangtson and the Akron baseball program are pleased to announce the signing of seven high school standouts for the 2010-11 season.Devan Ahart, Daniel Becks, Andrew Fanning, Kurt Gamby, Myles McVeigh, Jonathan Pusateri and Brandon Winter have all signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at the University of Akron next season. The class is highlighted by five pitchers and two position players and includes four highly touted Ohio natives, while two players come from the state of Wyoming and one joins the Zips from Michigan.