Clemson and USC baseball coaches and fans are holding their collective breath as the deadling for their unsigned drafted players to sign approaches. That deadline is Monday night at midnight.
Clemson shortstop Brad Miller, the ACC Player of the Year, has not come to terms with the Mariners who took him in the second round. Two other drafted Tigers, pitchers Kevin Brady and Joseph Moorefield, are expected to return to school. The only other drafted Tiger underclassman, LHP Will Lamb, signed with Texas earlier in the summer.
Clemson’s top signee, LHP Daniel Norris of Johnson City, TN, remains unsigned and the Tigers are hopeful he will opt for college. Norris was a second round pick of the Blue Jays. Two other drafted Clemson signees, RHP Daniel Gossett and 1B Jackson Whitley, are expected to enroll in school.
USC is awaiting word from veterans OF Jackie Bradley Jr. and RHP Matt Price. Bradley was taken by Boston with the 40th pick of the draft. All indications are he will sign. However, Sunday night a Gamecock source indicated strong optimism about the chances of Price returning to school. He was a 6th round pick by Arizona.
Two other drafted Gamecocks, OF Adam Matthews and LHP Michael Roth, have already said they will return to school. The only drafted Gamecock to sign with eligibility left so far has been SS Peter Mooney.
The Gamecocks also are upbeat over the chances of signee OF Tanner English enrolling in school. However, their top signee, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, is not expected to enroll. He was the first round pick of Tampa Bay and will either sign with the Rays or enroll in a junior college.
Another Gamecock signee expected to reach contract terms is OF Brian Goodwin who was taken by Washington with the 34th picks. One Gamecock recruit, LHP Andrew Faulkner, signed shortly after the draft. The rest of the drafted Gamecock recruits are expected to enroll in school.
Coastal Carolina start pitcher Anthony Meo signed his contract with Arizona last week. He reportedly received a $625,000 signing bonus as the 63rd pick. Two other drafted Coastal underclassmen, 2B Tommy La Stella and SS Taylor Motter, also have signed.