Dec. 8, 2011
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The University of Maryland baseball team has furthered a string of success on the recruiting trail with the signing of 12 student-athletes from the class of 2012, which was announced Thursday by head coach Erik Bakich.
The signing class consists of nine players that received preseason All-America honors from Perfect Game USA prior to their junior seasons, as well as four players ranked in the top 200 and seven in the top 500 nationally. Bakich and his staff continued to make signing top local players a priority - four of the signees are from Maryland - while also going into Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York for some of the regions most talented players.
"This recruiting class is one of the nation's elite and will accelerate Maryland baseball's goal of reaching the College World Series," said Bakich. "Our coaching staff did a tremendous job targeting the best players in the state and region. This class is dominant in pitching and defense and includes some explosive offensive players. We could not be more excited about the growth of our program."
The four signees ranked among the nation's top 200 according to Perfect Game are: No. 135 Jake Drossner (LHP | Richboro, Pa.), No. 138 Jared Price (RHP | Mohnton, Pa.), No. 142 Kyle Moore (OF | Suffolk, Va.) and No. 171 Alex Robinson (LHP | Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Drossner, Moore and Robinson also received 2011 preseason All-America honorable mention from Perfect Game, as did Brandon Casas (RHP | Pasadena, Md.), Jose Cuas (SS | Brooklyn, N.Y), Brandon Lowe (INF | Suffolk, Va.), Kevin Martir (C | Brooklyn, N.Y), Kevin Mooney (RHP | Forest Hill, Md.) and Connor Oliver (UTL | Churchton, Md.).
Several of the players are also ranked highly in their home states: Mooney is No. 2 in Maryland, Drossner is No. 3 in Pennsylvania, Robinson is No. 3 in New York, Moore is No. 4 in Virginia, Price is No. 4 in Pennsylvania, Martir is No. 10 in New York and Cuas is No. 21 in New York.
LaMonte Wade Jr., a left-handed outfielder from St. Paul HS in Owings Mills, Md., joins Casas (Gilman HS), Mooney (North Harford HS) and Oliver (DeMatha HS) to form a strong in-state contingent.
The Terps also signed one junior-college player in shortstop Blake Schmit (Des Moines Area CC | Eden Prairie, Minn.). Schmit was named the DII JUCO Defensive Player of the Year last season and helped lead Des Moines to the JUCO World Series.
The class is currently ranked 25th in the nation and sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference by Perfect Game.
Class of 2012 Maryland Signees
||Grand Street Campus HS
||Council Rock North HS
||Nansemond River HS
||North Harford HS
||Forest Hill, Md.
||Nansemond River HS
||Twin Valley HS
||Holy Trinity HS
||Des Moines Area CC
||Eden Prairie, Minn.
|LaMonte Wade, Jr.
||St. Paul HS
||Owings Mills, Md.
Brandon Casas | RHP | 6-6 | 185 | Gilman HS | Pasadena, Md.
2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America honorable mention ... helped lead Gilman to a state championship as a sophomore (2010), accumulating a 7-0 record on the mound ... named the top pitcher of the 2010 Lou Holcomb Crab Claw Classic Game ... plays summer ball with the prestigious Canes program ... also plays volleyball and basketball ... a member of the honor roll all three years of high school ... maintains a 3.7 GPA.
Jose Cuas | SS | 6-3 | 180 | Grand Street Campus HS | Brooklyn, N.Y.
A top-500 recruit nationally by Perfect Game ... ranked No. 21 overall in New York ... 2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America high honorable mention ... hit .620 with four home runs, 34 RBI, and 28 runs scored as a junior ... an invitee to the East Coast Pro Showcase and Area Code Games, which is reserved for nation's top talent ... summer team is the New York Grays.
Jake Drossner | LHP | 6-3 | 195 | Council Rock North HS | Richboro, Pa.
Ranked No. 3 overall in Pennsylvania and No. 135 nationally by Perfect Game ... went 6-0 with a 2.57 ERA as a junior for Council Rock, striking out 43 and allowing just 19 hits in 30 innings of work ... 2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America high honorable mention ... pitched in the 2011 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars ... an invitee to the East Coast Pro Showcase and Area Code Games ... played in the Little League World Series regional finals.
Brandon Lowe | INF | 5-10 | 165 | Nansemond River HS | Suffolk, Va.
2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America honorable mention ... hit .493 and scored 31 runs in 27 games as a junior at Nansemond River, as the Warriors made it to the state quarterfinals ... also helped lead Nansemond to a 20-8 record and a district championship ... has been the starting shortstop since his freshman season ... summer league team is Canes.
Kevin Martir | C | 6-0 | 200 | Grand Street Campus HS | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ranked No. 10 in New York and No. 480 nationally by Perfect Game ... 2011 Perfect Game USApreseason All-America high honorable mention ... transferred to Grand Street Campus for upcoming senior year after spending last season at Xaverian High School ... helped lead Xaverian to the CHSAA Class AA city title as a junior ... plays for the New York Grays in the summer.
Kevin Mooney | RHP | 6-1 | 195 | North Harford HS | Forest Hill, Md.
Ranked as the top pitcher and No. 2 overall prospect in Maryland by Perfect Game ... ranked No. 494 nationally ... 2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America honorable mention ... went 7-1 with a 0.77 ERA and struck out 88 in 55 1/3 innings to lead North Harford to a 15-5 record as a junior ... was the only junior to be named first team by the Baltimore Sun in 2011, joining 10 seniors on the team ... a member of Team Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox ... maintains a 4.1 GPA.
Kyle Moore | OF | 6-0 | 185 | Nansemond River HS | Suffolk, Va.
Ranked No. 4 overall in Virginia and No. 142 nationally by Perfect Game ... 2011 Perfect Game USApreseason All-America high honorable mention ... hit .346 with five home runs and 28 RBI as a junior ... helped lead Nansemond to a 20-8 record, a district championship and an appearance in the state quarterfinals last season ... plays summer ball with Canes.
Connor Oliver | INF/OF/RHP | 6-0 | 175 | DeMatha HS | Churchton, Md.
2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America honorable mention ... has helped lead DeMatha to two state titles ... named second team all-conference by the Gazette-Star as a junior, when he hit .355 with 19 RBI and 22 runs and helped DeMatha to a 25-8 record.
Jared Price | RHP | 6-2 | 190 | Twin Valley HS | Mohnton, Pa.
Ranked No. 4 overall in Pennsylvania and No. 138 nationally by Perfect Game... named to the All-Berks team as a junior after going 9-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings ... also played infield and hit .344 with 16 stolen bases ... went 4-0 in the postseason for Twin Valley last season ... pitched in the 2011 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars ... an invitee to the East Coast Pro Showcase and Area Code Games ... maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Alex Robinson | LHP | 6-3 | 220 | Holy Trinity HS | Hewlett, N.Y.
Ranked No. 3 overall in New York and No. 171 nationally by Perfect Game ... 2011 Perfect Game USA preseason All-America honorable mention ... named a 2011 Preseason All-Star by Baseball Player Magazine as well as one of BPM's 100 players to watch for 2011 ... threw a no-hitter as a junior for Holy Trinity ... had 17 strikeouts in a game on two occasions, one of which was in the playoffs ... an invitee to the East Coast Pro Showcase and Area Code Games.
Blake Schmit | SS | 6-0 | 170 | Des Moines Area CC | Eden Prairie, Minn.
A junior-college standout at Des Moines who will have two years of eligibility remaining ... helped lead Des Moines to the DII Junior College World Series in 2011 ... named the DII JUCO Defensive Player of the Year after committing just four errors all season ... received a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, given to the best defensive player at his position nationally ... his legion team Eden Prairie won the Legion World Series last summer ... the American Legion Player of the Year.
LaMonte Wade Jr. | OF | 6-1 | 180 | St. Paul HS | Owings Mills, Md.
A left-handed outfielder that has been a member of the varsity team since his freshman season ... named to the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches 2011 preseason all-state team ... team captain as a junior ... selected to the 2010 All-MIAA first team as a sophomore after hitting .460 ... also plays varsity basketball ... summer league team is Canes ... an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society.