The USC baseball team has landed the top recruiting class in the country as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday afternoon. The Gamecock newcomers include seven players that have been drafted as well as several standouts from both the high school and junior college ranks.
“We are ecstatic with this group of newcomers that have entered our program,” said South Carolina recruiting coordinator Chad Holbrook. “This is a class we are excited about because of its depth, athleticism and versatility. We have a talented group of young, athletic infielders with the addition of Joey Pankake, T.J. Costen, Connor Bright, as well as outfielders Tanner English and Shon Carson. English and Carson were labeled as two of the best available athletes in the 2011 MLB draft.
“We also feel Grayson Greiner was one of the best high school catchers in the country and only because of signability issues was he not drafted in the first 10 rounds,” added Holbrook. “ We think that our pitching signees (RHP Evan Beal, LHP Jordan Montgomery, RHP Joel Seddon) will contribute immediately.”
It is also a class with experience and maturity with the addition of our JC signees,” noted Holbrook. “Our JC signees have had great success at the college level, and they add maturity and experience to our 2012 team. We felt it was important to have some balance with high school and junior college recruits to help replace some of the experience we lost in 2011. Collectively, we believe it’s a talented class that will hopefully continue to put us in a position to compete for SEC championships and trips to the College World Series.”
**INFO FROM USC SID**