Recruiting Class 34th in Nation According to Collegiate Baseball
The LMU baseball recruiting class has been named 34th-best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball.
Sept. 20, 2013
The LMU baseball recruiting class has been named 34th-best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. The rankings are based on players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially signed letters of intent with a school but then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.
LMU is just one of four non-BCS schools to make the list, and just one of five private schools lauded. The recruiting class is also tied for the best in the West Coast Conference.
Sixth-year head coach Jason Gill attributes much of the success and strength of the recruiting class to fourth-year assistant, and LMU recruiting coordinator, Bryant Ward. "Bryant has done a fantastic job in landing these talented players," Gill said. "It is one thing to have a lot of quality players commit and sign letters of intent to an institution, but it is a whole other challenge getting them on campus and Bryant has figured that part out here at LMU. Bryant has now had two top-40 recruiting classes in the last three years and is starting to be recognized as one of the best young recruiters in the country."
The class includes David Fletcher, the 2013 Division II CIF Player of the Year, Cass Brown, the 2013 Ohio Player of the Year, Tyler Cohen, a first-team All-CIF selection and the #46 prospect in California according to Baseball America, and Trent Hammond, a first team All-CIF selection and a Max Preps All-State honoree.
"This certainly was not just my work," Ward said. "Anytime you talk about a class that gets ranked nationally, there is a lot of hard work and a ton of people that go into making that happen. We spent a lot of time getting this great class on campus, and now that the guys are here, the real work starts."
The Lions return 19 players from last year's squad, joined by 14 newcomers, including 12 freshmen.
The University of Florida landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper's annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.
Other Top Recruiting Classes: Southern California, U.C. Irvine, Kansas St., Kentucky, Fresno St., Indiana, Air Force, Alabama, Cal. Poly, Nevada, Austin Peay St., Hawaii, Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame, West Virginia, U.C. Riverside, Baylor, Western Michigan, Long Beach St., Winthrop, Coastal Carolina, N.C. Charlotte, Central Michigan, Nevada-Las Vegas, St. John's, Auburn, Stetson, Samford, North Florida, Wichita St., Missouri St., Connecticut, Georgia St., Minnesota, Texas St., San Diego St., Wake Forest, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane, James Madison, Memphis, South Florida, Liberty, Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Jacksonville, Kennesaw St., San Francisco, Appalachian St., Stony Brook, Ohio St., Purdue, Washington, Washington St., Florida International, Pepperdine, Missouri, New Mexico, Seton Hall, Georgia Southern, Monmouth.