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JUCO shortstop Elijah Sutherland signs with UNC baseballComing off a season in which he started 54 games and helped guide the Senators to their sixth JUCO World Series appearance, Walters State sophomore shortstop Elijah Sutherland signed with North Carolina on Thursday to play the 2014-15 season.Sutherland, a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., becomes the third player from Walters State to sign with the Tar Heels. (TriCitiesSports.com)
2015 pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally commits to North CarolinaMason junior pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday morning, according to Mason coach Curt Bly. Hutchison, one of the state’s top players in the 2015 class, also had offers from UC, Miami University, Ohio State and Kent State. (Cincinnati.com)
UNC Announces Standout Baseball Class For 2014-15The UNC baseball program continued its strong showing on the recruiting trail by signing 17 of the nation's top prep baseball student-athletes and one junior college standout to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Friday. Included in this class are five of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America and eight of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game. (GoHeels.com)
UNC tops early baseball recruiting rankingsNorth Carolina headlines the early signing period recruiting rankings, landing 17 high school commits, six players in the PG Top 100, and averaging an impressive 8.71 points per player with outfielder and PG All-American Braxton Davidson leading the charge. The Tar Heels assembled a sizable recruiting class, with eight of them ranked as top 200 prospects nationally by Perfect Game. Though Davidson leads the way in this class, shortstops Jack Flaherty and Forrest Wall also are talented prospects. (Perfect Game)
2015 pitcher Logan Welch commits to UNC baseballLogan Welch , a junior at Reynolds, made a big jump in baseball from his freshman to his sophomore seasons. And now Welch, a 6-3, 205-pounder, has decided on where he will make his big jump to after high school. Welch committed to play at North Carolina last week, said Doug Welch, Logan’s father and the baseball coach at Reynolds. (Winston-Salem Journal)
UNC baseball commitment Braxton Davidson ranked 10th-best high school senior in countryBaseball America has released its list of the country’s top-100 high school seniors and two of them are from Western North Carolina. Roberson’s Braxton Davidson (No. 10) and North Buncombe’s Alex Destino (No. 68) have both signed to play college baseball for major Division I programs. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Pitcher Hansen Butler Signs with UNC BaseballHansen Butler has had a dream for years, and it will soon become a reality. On Wednesday, Butler, a senior pitcher at High Point Christian Academy, signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the University of North Carolina — one of the top NCAA Division I programs in the country. "It’s awesome, it’s amazing, it’s a dream come true," he said. "I remember when I was 8, 9, 10 years old, just starting out playing, I had a dream of putting that Tar Heel jersey on." (High Point Enterprise)
Kyle Datres to play baseball for North CarolinaLoyalsock (Pa.) junior pitcher Kyle Datres tweeted Sunday night he'll continue his athletic and academic careers at UNC, playing baseball for the Tar Heels. "Today is the day I have been waiting for my entire life, I have committed to play baseball at the University of North Carolina!" Datres said on Twitter. Datres has been a three-year starter on the baseball, basketball and football teams at Loyalsock. He was the winning pitcher for the Lancers in June when Loyalsock won its second PIAA baseball championship. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
Lumberton sophomore pitcher Evan Odum commits to UNCEvan Odum can toe the rubber with his mind at ease this spring at Lumberton High School. The rising sophomore’s already made up his mind on where he’ll play college baseball, choosing a nationally-ranked program Odum believes is a few players away from its first national title. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the University of North Carolina,” Odum said. (The Robesonian)
Brock Deatherage Withdraws UNC Baseball CommitmentRising senior Brock Deatherage, a two-sport standout at Western Alamance, informed the North Carolina baseball staff Friday that he’s pulling back from a verbal commitment that he gave the Tar Heels more than a year ago. Deatherage said he made a premature decision and he wants to assess opportunities in baseball and football. He said other colleges might be better fits for his academic pursuits. (Burlington Times News)
Brandon Riley picks North Carolina for baseballBrandon Riley, a rising junior outfielder/infielder from Burlington Williams high school, committed Saturday to play baseball at North Carolina. With offers mounting, Riley said he was hoping for one from the Tar Heels. “That was kind of the one I was waiting on,” he said. “After they saw me play some tournaments and then again this weekend, they made the offer Friday night. I accepted it (Saturday) afternoon. That’s where I always kind of dreamed of playing.” (Burlington Times News)
Pitcher Ryder Ryan next in the Huntersville to Chapel Hill pipelineIt’s worked out well before, and Ryder Ryan is hoping it will again. When baseball players from northern Mecklenburg County have suited up for the Tar Heels in recent years, they’ve been a part of something pretty special, most notably trips to the College World Series. Ryan, a rising senior at North Meck High, last week committed to Carolina, where former Hopewell High standout Michael Russell is the starting shortstop and where former North Meck Viking Michael Cavasinni enjoyed a successful career as an outfielder, finishing up in 2010. (Lake Norman Citizen)
UNC Baseball Recruits Named to 2013 Under Armour All-America GameJack Flaherty from Burbank, CA, Cameron Varga from Loveland, OH, and Joe Gatto from Hammonton, NJ, who all have committed to play baseball for UNC, have been named to the roster for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game that is being played on Saturday, August 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Jack Flaherty is a legitimate 2-way talent with an ideal frame and tools across the board. As a position player, he moves his 6’4” frame extremely well in the field with soft, sure hands and plenty of arm strength across the diamond. At the plate, he has a mature approach with good strike zone awareness and a feel for hitting. His swing is clean resulting in consistent hard contact and leverage power that will continue to improve. He has the look of a future middle-of-the-order bat. Jack also is accomplished on the mound with an upper 80s/low 90s fastball and solid secondary stuff.
Cameron Varga is a power pitcher with an outstanding three-pitch mix. His fastball regularly hits the mid 90s and gets on hitters in a hurry. He complements that pitch with a breaking ball that has big, late break and a deceptive change. His fastball and curveball both act as out-pitches for him. Cameron is an outstanding athlete who flashes top of the rotation potential.
Joe Gatto is a big, physical RHP with the look of a front-of-the-rotation starter. He has an easy, effortless delivery that produces fastballs in the 90-94 mph range. His fastball has good life with late tailing action. He mixes in a breaking ball with 11/5 shape that has tight rotation and depth, as well as a deceptive change. Overall, Joe has an intriguing mix of present stuff with even more upside.
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Baseball commit J.B. Bukauskas to start UNC career earlyRight-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) will be a Tar Heel a year early. Ranked as the No. 10 player in the 2015 class of rising high school juniors, Bukauskas is fast-tracking his academics so he can reclassify into the class of 2014. (Carolina Blue)
N. Meck’s Ryder Ryan commits to UNC baseballNorth Mecklenburg baseball star and top prospect Ryder Ryan has committed to North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat out South Carolina and N.C. State for the No. 14 prospect in the class of 2014 rankings by Maxpreps.com. Ryan expects to play third base and pitch for the Tar Heels, though he also can play catcher. “I just loved how they do things (in Chapel Hill). I just loved the coaches – they teach well – the facilities, the field. I just loved the feeling I got there,” Ryder said. (Charlotte Observer)