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College Baseball Recruiting - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2012)

VANDERBILT WINS NCAA DIVISION I RECRUITING TITLE

TUCSON, Ariz. — Vanderbilt landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.

It marks the Commodores’ first national recruiting title in the 30-year history of the rankings by Collegiate Baseball. Vanderbilt secured the No. 2 class last year.

In nine of the last 10 years, a team from the Southeastern Conference has been the outright recruiting champion or tied for first.

The rankings are based on players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially signed with a school and then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.

Of the 11-man recruiting haul by Vanderbilt, six were drafted last June and features 11 freshmen. The class would have been even stronger, but star pitching recruit Stephen Gant of Riverside H.S. (Decaturville, Tenn.) was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on a county road April 3. He was a top prospect, and many believed that he could have been a high draft pick.

Without further adieu, here is a rundown on Vanderbilt’s No. 1 recruiting class which barely nipped UCLA’s for the top spot.

"We are very excited about this class as a whole," said Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin. "The 11 guys we brought in will help us immediately on the field as well as from a depth standpoint. All six pitchers in this class are righthanded which will give us plenty of options to mix and match with a predominantly left-handed staff returning."

The class, which features six drafted players from last June’s draft, includes:

RHP Walker Buehler (Henry Clay H.S., Lexington, KY), 14th round pick by Pittsburgh.
RHP Carson Fulmer (All Saints’ Academy, Lakeland, FL), 15th round choice by Boston.
OF Rhett Wiseman (Buckingham Browne & Nichols H.S., Mansfield, MA), 25th round pick by Chicago Cubs.
OF Xavier Turner (Sandusky H.S., Ohio), 34th round by Boston.
RHP Patrick Delano (Braintree H.S., MA), 35th round by Boston.
INF Dansby Swanson (Marietta H.S., Kennesaw, GA), 38th round Colorado.

Other members of this star-studded class include:

RHP Tyler Ferguson (Clovis West H.S., Fresno, CA), All-State.
INF Tyler Campbell (Lake Oswego H.S., Portland, OR), All-State.
RHP Luke Stephenson (Triton Central H.S., Fairland, IN), All-State.
INF Kyle Smith (Mt. Juliet, Old Hickory, TN), All-State.
RHP Chris Raasch (Norcross H.S., GA), All-Region.

The rest of the top 10 includes: 2. UCLA, 3. Arizona St., 4. Louisiana St., 5. Clemson, 6. Stanford, 7. Florida, 8. North Carolina, 9. Miami (Fla.), 10. South Carolina.

The top 40 is in the attached PDF file along with other recruiting classes that received votes. In addition, previous recruiting national champions are also listed.

A comprehensive look at the top 16 recruiting classes is in the Oct. 5 edition of Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

 

Collegiate Baseball’s 2012 Recruiting Results
(As of Sept. 25, 2012)
Rank Team

Recruits

Frosh

JC

Other Tran.

1. Vanderbilt 11 11 0 0
2. UCLA 12 12 0 0
3. Arizona St. 15 15 0 0
4. Louisiana St. 15 11 4 0
5. Clemson 17 15 2 0
6. Stanford 10 10 0 0
7. Florida 11 10 0 1
8. North Carolina 17 15 1 1
9. Miami, Fla. 13 12 1 0
10. South Carolina 15 11 4 0
11. Kentucky 10 10 0 0
12. Texas Christian 16 10 6 0
13. Texas A&M 17 16 1 0
14. Georgia 15 13 2 0
15. Texas 14 9 5 0
16. Alabama 12 11 1 0
17. Cal. St. Fullerton 13 13 0 0
18. U.C. Santa Barbara 25 19 6 0
19. Florida St. 15 9 6 0
20. Fresno St. 13 11 2 0
21. Arizona 14 13 1 0
22. Auburn 15 9 6 0
23. Oregon 10 5 5 0
24. Southern California 19 17 1 1
25. California 14 13 1 0
26. Arkansas 16 11 5 0
27. Rice 9 7 2 0
28. Georgia Tech. 7 7 0 0
29. Stetson 16 12 4 0
30. Missouri St. 11 10 1 0
31. Oklahoma 17 10 7 0
32. Virginia 15 15 0 0
33. East Carolina 13 10 3 0
34. Oregon St. 12 8 4 0
35. Louisville 10 9 1 0
36. Houston 17 10 7 0
37. Mississippi St. 15 8 7 0
38. Kennesaw St. 12 9 3 0
39. Mississippi 14 9 5 0
40. Central Florida 10 7 3 0

Other Top Recruiting Classes: Coastal Carolina, Maryland, Tulane, College of Charleston, Wichita St., San Diego, South Florida, Baylor, Creighton, Oklahoma St., Nebraska, Cal. St. Bakersfield, Minnesota, Connecticut, Jacksonville, U.C. Irvine, South Alabama, Dallas Baptist, Washington, Texas Tech., Kent St., Western Michigan, Southern Mississippi, Florida Atlantic, Stony Brook, Michigan, Ohio St., Purdue, Cal Poly, Winthrop, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Troy, Austin Peay St., Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Nevada-Las Vegas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Indiana, James Madison, Washington St., Kansas, Iowa, San Francisco, Florida International, Pepperdine, Oral Roberts, Western Kentucky, San Diego St., Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Carolina, Missouri, New Mexico, Hawaii, Long Beach St., St. John's, Seton Hall, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Georgia Southern, Appalachian St., Bradley, N.C. Wilmington.

Source: Collegiate Baseball

 

Previous Division I Recruiting Champs

2011: South Carolina
2010: Louisiana St.
2009: Florida
2008: Arizona St.
2007: Louisiana St.
2006: South Carolina
2005: South Carolina
2004: Louisiana St.
2003: North Carolina
South Carolina
2002: Georgia Tech.
2001: Southern California
2000: Cal. St. Fullerton
1999: Southern California
1998: Georgia Tech.
1997: UCLA
1996: Texas A&M
1995: Arizona St.
1994: Mississippi St.
1993: Miami (Fla.)
1992: Florida St.
1991: Miami (Fla.)
1990: Arizona
1989: Florida St.
1988: Miami (Fla.)
1987: Stanford
1986: Stanford
1985: Hawaii
1984: Florida St.
1983: Arizona St.
Source: Collegiate Baseball

 

 

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