Baseball Recruiting Class Recognized By Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

Baseball Recruiting Class Recognized By Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

For the third year in a row, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball recruiting class has been recognized nationally by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, earning mention in the publication for having one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

The Islanders are one of just two Southland Conference teams recognized, with newcomer Oral Roberts also earning mention from Collegiate Baseball in the annual list. The two teams from the league are the only ones that have been ranked in the list each of the last three seasons.

"I am excited for our program to continue to grow and develop to one of the best, most recognized mid-major programs in the state of Texas," said head coach Scott Malone. "The national recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper shines a light on the hard work and organization that recruiting coordinator Chris Ramirez and assistant coach Marty Smith put into our recruiting efforts."

Comprised of 14 freshmen and 10 junior college transfers, the Islanders recruiting class brings in a mix of talented newcomers to a team that is coming off of back-to-back Southland Conference Tournament appearances, and had the best year in team history during 2011. Eight of those players come from Corpus Christi, and of the remaining 16, 11 are from Texas and five from out of state.

"This recruiting class is a great example of how we want to put our roster together each year," said Ramirez. "It will be an exciting year for the city as we were able to stay in our back yard and bring in eight guys from Corpus Christi, the largest group of local guys in our program's history. We were also able to continue our national recruiting efforts by reaching out and signing junior college players from California, Arizona, Missouri, Utah and Iowa."

Baseball recently started fall practice, which will culminate in the annual Blue-Gray World Series on Nov. 8-10 at Chapman Field.

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Complete 2012 Recruiting Class


Name                          Pos.            Ht.      Wt.       Hometown/Previous School


Chris Cano                  RHP/OF      6-2     170      Corpus Christi, Texas/Mary Carroll HS

Thomas Casey              RHP            6-5     225      Holladay, Utah/Navarro JC

Josh Cruz                    INF             5-9     180      Corpus Christi, Texas/Carroll HS

Clayton Davis              OF              5-11   200      The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS

Dalton D'Spain            RHP/INF    6-1     165      San Antonio, Texas/Boerne HS

O'Shea Dumes             RHP/1B      6-2     225      Corpus Christi, Texas/Mary Carroll HS

Juan Farias                  INF             5-7     180      Corpus Christi, Texas/Moody HS

Brandon Guilford         2B              5-10   180      McKinney, Texas/Frisco Heritage HS

Zacarias Hardy            OF              6-1     182      Dallas, Texas/Keller HS

Jared Henke                RHP            6-4     185      Fort Worth, Texas/Vernon JC

Nolan Holland             RHP            6-1     210      Spring, Texas/Klein Oak HS

Jacob Hubert               OF              5-11   190      Corpus Christi, Texas/Laredo JC

Kaleb Keith                 RHP/1B      6-4     265      San Antonio, Texas/D'Hanis HS

Brad Lamberti             C                5-10   190      Altoona, Iowa/Des Moines Area CC 

A.J. Longoria               RHP            6-0     175      Corpus Christi, Texas/Midland JC

Dominic Lopez             3B              6-0     200      Corpus Christi, Texas/John Paul II HS

Zach Nichols               RHP/OF      6-0     220      Hannibal, Mo./Southeastern JC

Dalton Sherer              LHP            6-0     205      Spring, Texas/Klein Oak HS

Dylan Shofner             C                6-0     190      Houston, Texas/Memorial HS

Jakob Silva                  2B/SS        5-8     165      Corpus Christi, Texas/John Paul II HS

Cody Stephens            INF             5-9     160      Concord, Calif./Los Medanos JC

Zach Taylor                 INF             6-0     185      Georgetown, Texas/Angelina College

Brandon Tierney          INF             6-0     195      Arlington, Texas/Iowa Western JC

Russell Vaughan         C                5-9     170      Mesa, Ariz./South Mountain JC