The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball team continues to grow on the field and talent-wise, being recognized in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's ranking of the top 2011 recruiting classes.
In a ranking of incoming recruiting classes, the Islanders were recognized with honorable mention among all schools in the nation, while being the only Southland Conference team to make the list.
"If you go back and look at our recruiting, every year we get more talented and earn more notoriety," said Head Coach Scott Malone. "I attribute that to Coach (Chris) Ramirez's work ethic, he is growing into one of the most respected, young recruiting coordinators in the state of Texas.
"If you look at last season, we spent half the season ranked in the mid-major Top 25. That is a direct correlation to the type of player Coach Ramirez and our staff are bringing into the program."
For Ramirez, the recognition means that others are taking notice of the Islanders Baseball Program on all levels.
"It's always exciting when you get recognized by a national publication when it comes to something as important as recruiting," said Ramirez. "Our entire staff puts a lot of emphasis and time into each recruiting class. This class once again has guys from all over the state and also all over the country."
With the latest group of newcomers for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Malone and his staff have the program well on its way to continuing the rise in the league standings and competing for a Southland title. The group features 12 high school recruits and 11 junior college additions for a total of 23 newcomers who will help fill out a roster that lost 10 seniors following last season.
"We lost a very talented group of seniors, as well as a couple of drafted players and it will be tough to replace," said Ramirez. "But every year in recruiting you want each class to be better than the last, and these guys will do a great job of filling the holes that the departed players left."
The team is currently in the midst of fall practice and is working together for the first time as a group. The practice period will culminate with the Islanders Fall World Series on Oct. 7-9 at Chapman Field.
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