UNC Baseball Recruiting

Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Baseball Recruiting.

How Jackson Rusiecki landed a UNC baseball scholarship with a little help from his football coach

Southington football coach Mike Drury, always looking to improve his state title-hopeful squad, watched as a freshman with physique beyond his years walked into the weight room in the spring of 2019. Jackson Rusiecki was readying for his first season of high school baseball, the sport he’d been playing since he was in diapers. Drury had another idea. (Hartford Courant)

Connecticut Outfielder Jackson Rusiecki Commits to UNC Baseball

Southington (CT) baseball rising senior Jackson Rusiecki is heading to Chapel Hill as the Blue Knights outfielder announced his commitment to North Carolina this week. Rusiecki helped Southington to a 20-1 record this past spring and became one of the Blue Knights' most reliable contributors. "His bat speed is amazing," coach Charlie Lembo said. (New Britain Herald)

UNC Baseball Signee Dalton Pence To Miss Playoffs With Cherryville

Cherryville baseball standout Dalton Pence’s next pitches will come wearing Carolina blue. After departing his team’s 9-4 win over Thomas Jefferson last week with soreness in his left arm, the UNC-bound lefty has been ruled out for the 1A baseball playoffs. Pence’s Cherryville career ends with a 9-3 pitching record, a 2.83 ERA, and 165 strikeouts. (Gaston Gazette)

Shortstop Joe Jaconski fulfills lifelong dream by signing with UNC Baseball

Joe Jaconski has wanted to play baseball for UNC since he was a little kid. The dream came one step closer when the Plymouth Whitemarsh shortstop signed his National Letter of Intent to attend UNC on Nov. 20. “I’ve always loved North Carolina and wanted to go there since I was in fourth or fifth grade. Once I heard they were calling, I was all-in.” (PA Prep Live)

Carolina on his mind: Cherryville baseball standout Dalton Pence signs with UNC

On Wednesday, Cherryville High baseball standout Dalton Pence signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UNC. "It's amazing, I'm at a loss for words," Pence said following a ceremony commemorating the occasion. "I've been a North Carolina fan as long as I can remember. When I met the players and coaches up there on my visit, everything felt like home." (MSN.com)

Reece Holbrook, son of College of Charleston head coach, signs with UNC baseball

Reece Holbrook is the son of College of Charleston head coach , who was an assistant at UNC under . While the Holbrooks were in Chapel Hill, Reece was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Thanks to the care he received at UNC Medical Center, Reece survived and thrived on the baseball diamond and signed with UNC Wednesday. (WTVD)

UNC Athletics adjusts to new recruiting process amid pandemic

Recruitment is an ongoing process that involves constant communication between athletes and coaches. This process normally allows for the recruits to visit campus and the facilities for their respective sports. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, teams inevitably had to alter the ways in which they brought high school athletes into their programs. (Daily Tar Heel)

'It's home to me': 2023 shortstop Gavin Gallaher commits to UNC baseball

UNC baseball coach has gotten off to a hot start on the recruiting trail after being named successor to legendary skipper . Forbes secured one of his first big commitments Sept. 28, from local shortstop Gavin Gallaher. The No. 147 recruit in his class per Perfect Game, Gallaher gives the Tar Heels a surefire middle infielder for the 2023 class. (Daily Tar Heel)

East Rowan Pitcher Cameron Padgett Commits To UNC Baseball

It’s almost as hard to catch up with extra-busy Cameron Padgett as it is to get a hit against him. Padgett, a junior at East Rowan, squeezed in a verbal commitment to North Carolina's baseball program last week between work and workouts. He’s humble about it, but he's been a certain Division I signee for a while. Only his destination was up in the air. (Salisbury Post)

Stock Rising For UNC Baseball Commit Vance Honeycutt

Coach Mike Herndon doesn’t hesitate to use Vance Honeycutt’s name in the same sentence as Whit Merrifield’s. Herndon coached Merrifield, an MLB all-star with the Kansas City Royals, at Davie County High. Now he coaches Honeycutt, a Salisbury High senior infielder committed to UNC. Both of Honeycutt's parents also competed for the Tar Heels. (Salisbury Post)
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