South Carolina's baseball recruiting class was named the best in the nation Tuesday by Collegiate Baseball.
The newcomers include seven players that have been drafted as well as several standouts from both the high school and junior college ranks.
"This is a class we are excited about because of its depth, athleticism and versatility," South Carolina recruiting coordinator Chad Holbrook said. "We have a talented group of young, athletic infielders with the addition of Joey Pankake, T.J. Costen, Connor Bright, as well as outfielders Tanner English and Shon Carson. English and Carson were labeled as two of the best available athletes in the 2011 MLB draft.
"We also feel Grayson Greiner was one of the best high school catchers in the country and only because of signability issues was he not drafted in the first 10 rounds," added Holbrook. "We think that our pitching signees (RHP Evan Beal, LHP Jordan Montgomery, RHP Joel Seddon) will contribute immediately.
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"It is also a class with experience and maturity with the addition of our JC signees," noted Holbrook. "Our JC signees have had great success at the college level, and they add maturity and experience to our 2012 team. We felt it was important to have some balance with high school and junior college recruits to help replace some of the experience we lost in 2011. Collectively, we believe it's a talented class that will hopefully continue to put us in a position to compete for SEC championships and trips to the College World Series."
|Player||Pos.||Hometown (Previous School)|
|Evan Beal||RHP||Fairfax Station, Va. (South County HS)|
|Connor Bright||INF||Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando HS)|
|Shon Carson||OF||Lake City, S.C. (Lake City HS)|
|Ahmad Christian||INF||Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian HS)|
|Seth Constable||OF||Lewisville, N.C. (Forsyth Country Day HS)|
|T.J. Costen||INF||Virginia Beach, Va. (First Colonial HS)|
|LB Dantzler||INF||Winter Haven, Fla. (State College of Florida (Manatee-Sarasota)|
|Robert DeCosmo||RHP||Agawam, Mass. (Cathedral HS)|
|Tanner English||OF||Murrels Inlet, S.C. (St. James HS)|
|Vince Fiori||LHP||Ramsey, N.J. (Ramsey HS)|
|Grayson Greiner||C||Columbia, S.C. (Blythewood HS)|
|Mikal Hill||INF||Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek HS)|
|Tanner Lovick||INF||Winterville, N.C. (Pitt CC)|
|Kyle Martin||1B||Simpsonville, S.C. (Wade Hampton HS)|
|Reid Moman||OF||Greenville, S.C. (JL Mann HS)|
|Jordan Montgomery||LHP||Sumter, S.C. (Sumter HS)|
|Joey Pankake||INF||Easley, S.C. (Easley HS)|
|Hunter Privette||RHP||Hartsville, S.C. (Florence Darlington Tech)|
|Joel Seddon||RHP/INF||St. Clair, Mich. (St. Clair HS)|
|Sean Sullivan||OF||Columbia, S.C. (Winthrop)|
|Chase Vergason||INF||Orlando, Fla. (Brevard CC)|