When Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball head coach Scott Malone and recruiting coordinator Chris Ramirez put the finishing touches on the latest class of incoming Islanders, they knew they had a special group. Turns out they are not the only ones to feel that way, as Baseball America's Aaron Fitt recently recognized the Islanders class as one of the top in the Lower Central region of the Baseball America recruiting map.
"I think it says a lot about the kids and the talent level," said Malone. "Our expectations as a staff are for these kids to come in and be an immediate part of our program.
"I think lastly, it says a lot to the job that Coach Ramirez does as our recruiting coordinator, with the help of Marty Smith. Those guys combine to do a great job of going out, finding the talent, recruiting the talent and getting some good players committed to being a part of the future of Islanders Baseball. It's going to be an exciting next couple of months as the season comes around."
The Islanders were one of just three Southland Conference teams named in the annual round up of top recruiting classes in the nation by the publication's national writer for college baseball. Newcomer Oral Roberts was also named, while Southeastern Louisiana is the only other member that played in the Southland last season to make the list.
"Any national recognition is always nice," said Ramirez. "We spend a lot of our time recruiting in the city and in the state, but we also recruit on a national level.
"Anytime we can get recognition nationally, it is always nice and helps in recruiting. It shows future recruits that we can reach out and grab some top prospects from around the country as well as the state of Texas."
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi brings in 24 new faces to compliment the returners that went to the Southland Conference Tournament for the second straight season, a first in school history. It is a mix of high school freshman and junior college transfers that the coaches will mold into the 2013 edition of the team as they continue to build the Islanders program.
For the full release, visit the Baseball America site.
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