Phil Kornblut

Catcher pledges to USC for 2015 class

The USC baseball team picked up a commitment earlier in the week from catcher Christopher Cullen (6-4 190) of Cumming, GA. "It's an honor and a blessing to say that I have committed to play baseball at the University of South Carolina!" Cullen tweeted Monday night after visiting USC over the weekend. named Cullen a 2nd team underclass All American last season and offers this scouting report on the righthanded swinger.

Long and slender athletic build. Right handed hitter, exaggerated open stance, bent knee start, deep hand load, exaggerates staying inside the ball, has bat speed and the ball comes off the barrel very hard when weight comes through and he squares up, has hitting tools that project very well but a complicated approach. 6.98 runner, very good arm strength behind the plate, lower release angle creates issues when throwing with left handed hitters at the plate, can soften hands behind the plate. Has the athleticism to play in the outfield. Young player with lots of athletic tools to grow into with experience.

Cullen played on USA Baseball national teams in two of the past three summers. Cullen is the 12th commitment for the Gamecocks' 2015 class and the second catcher.