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5-tool star Ben Casparius UNC boundHitting for average. Hitting for power. Speed. Throwing. Fielding. The five tools of baseball are pillars of evaluation, and a player that can do all at a high level is rare. Enter Ben Casparius. The rising junior at Staples recently committed to the University of North Carolina due his ability to do everything at a high level. An imperative cog of the Wreckers machine that’s gone 39-11 over the past two seasons, Casparius is a top of the lineup threat with an ability to play nearly every defensive spot on the field. (Westport News)
Two UNC baseball signees taken in first two rounds of MLB draftNorth Carolina figures to lose two of its top baseball signees for next season after outfielders Desmond Lindsay and Jahmai Jones were selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft Monday night. By contrast, though, coach Mike Fox’s 2015 recruiting class came out of the draft’s opening day in much better shape than it did a year ago, when 10 of the 17 players committed to the Tar Heels were picked in the first two rounds and never made it to Chapel Hill. (Wilmington Star News)
Catcher Wyatt Cross stays focused on end goalHe’s one of the top catching prospects in the nation. Legacy’s Wyatt Cross is known in baseball circles as one of the best defensive catchers in the country who has a cannon for an arm and has a quick pop time of 1.76. If Cross falls on the draft board, Wyatt still has a Plan B. He’s committed to play at the University of North Carolina to become a Tar Heel. Not a bad backup plan. (USA Today)
Soon-to-be Diamond Heel Josh Ladowski raising level of playCenter field is Josh Ladowski’s defensive home this season for the Wildcats, who lead the North Piedmont Conference standings. Previously, his Lake Norman career revolved around the infield. As a junior, Ladowski was a fixture at shortstop. Wildcats coach Trey Ramsey worked out Ladowski at the position some during tryouts, but his plan all along was to move the future North Carolina Tar Heel baseball player into the outfield. (Statesville Record & Landmark)
UNC baseball commitment Josh Ladowski gives up footballLake Norman senior Josh Ladowski excelled this past fall for his school's football team. The quarterback won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for North Carolina, and he'll be going to the University of North Carolina on an athletic scholarship. But he won't be playing football. Ladowski is going to UNC on a baseball scholarship. (FOX 46 Charlotte)
UNC baseball signee Josh Ladowski named NC football player of the yearLake Norman’s Josh Ladowski is The Associated Press high school football player of the year for North Carolina. The senior quarterback set a state single-season record with 5,647 yards of total offense while leading his team to the Class 4AA semifinals. Ladowski – who was also named the Gatorade player of the year for North Carolina – threw for 3,628 yards and 43 TDs, then ran for 2,019 yards and 34 TDs. Ladowski has signed to play baseball at North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)
UNC commitments make Associated Press N.C. All-State football teamUNC football commitments Jalen Dalton, Mason Veal, and Mike Hughes have been named to the Associated Press All-State team for the state of North Carolina. UNC baseball commitment Josh Ladowski made the 24-man roster as well. (Charlotte Observer)
UNC baseball commitment Josh Ladowski steps up for NC in Shrine BowlA week ago Lake Norman High School quarterback Josh Ladowski thought his football career was over. On Saturday he was named North Carolina's Offensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl. Ladowski was added to the North Carolina roster on Tuesday, replacing injured Tarheels quarterback Kendall Hinton, who starred at Southern Durham this season. (Go Upstate)
UNC baseball signee Josh Ladowski named to Shrine BowlLess than two weeks ago, Josh Ladowski thought his high school football days were over. The Lake Norman High quarterback was already deep into his training regimen for baseball season. Yet there was Ladowski at Spartanburg High School on Wednesday, throwing and running with the football like he had never lost a beat. Ladowski, the N.C. Gatorade player of the year, was a late addition to the North Carolina roster for the 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game, to be played Saturday at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium. (Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC Baseball Signs Nineteen For 2015-16The UNC baseball program once again added a standout class of the nation’s top prep talent, signing 19 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Tuesday. Included in this class are four of the nation's top 75 prospects according to Baseball America and six of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game. The 19 student-athletes will enroll at UNC in August 2015 and will take the field for the Tar Heels in the 2016 season. (GoHeels.com)
All-State RHP Luca Dalatri commits to North CarolinaFor Christian Brothers right-hander Luca Dalatri, the University of North Carolina is the college he would want to be at even if he were not playing baseball. But fortunately for the Tar Heels, Dalatri, the 2014 Monmouth County Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection, will be on the mound for them as the rising junior verbally committed to the ACC power on Monday. Dalatri went 11-0 with a 0.39 ERA this past spring for CBA. Dalatri struck out 90 and walked 16 in in 70 1/3 innings with a 0.67 WHIP. (NJ.com)
Utah Jones commits to North Carolina baseballIt's no secret that Utah Jones comes from a baseball family. Understandably, Jones wanted to make his own baseball statement and create his own base path. He did that July 10 by verbally committing to play baseball at North Carolina for the 2016 season. A rising senior at Watauga High, Jones tweeted his announcement while he was in Georgia. "It's a big weight off my shoulders," Jones said. Jones' father, Billy Jones, is the head baseball coach at Appalachian State. (Watauga Democrat)
UNC Adds Two Baseball Commitments2015 right-handed pitcher Jordan Gubelman (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) committed to North Carolina on Tuesday, according to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect picked the Tar Heels over Florida, Florida State, Miami and UCF.
2016 baseball prospect Rob Peto (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Twp) also committed to North Carolina on Tuesday according to Kendall Rogers. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound prospect is capable of playing either third base, or pitching from the right-hand side.
Pitcher J.T. Rogoszewski commits to North CarolinaHurricane High baseball standout J.T. Rogoszewski announced via Twitter he has committed to North Carolina. The rising senior was named Class AAA first-team all-state this past season after helping lead Hurricane to its first state championship since 2002. On the mound, Rogoszewski finished the past year with an 8-1 record and 1.53 ERA. He also helped lead Hurricane to the boys basketball title game. (West Virginia Metro News)
Freshman outfielder Austin Beck commits to UNCAll North Carolina had to do was ask. Austin Beck knew his answer years ago. Beck, who just finished his freshman season at North Davidson, verbally committed to play baseball for the Tar Heels earlier this week. Beck, who played right field this spring, jumped at the chance to play for UNC. "I've always wanted to go to Carolina," he said. "It was kind of a no-doubt deal right there." Beck stood out in every way possible this season. He hit .366 with four doubles, four home runs, and wreaked havoc on the base paths. (Lexington Dispatch)