DURHAM, N.C. — South Carolina baseball’s recruiting class has been ranked No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America, the publication announced Tuesday.
South Carolina is one of six schools from the Southeastern Conference in BA’s top-10 list. It also is the eighth straight season the Gamecocks’ recruiting class has been ranked by Baseball America with four top-10 rankings in that time frame.
“This is definitely a talented group,” head coach Mark Kingston said of the recruiting class. “I look forward to seeing them this fall to see who is ready to make an immediate impact.”
Joining the Gamecocks for the 2017-18 academic year are Elijah Bowers (Matthews, N.C./Weddington HS), Noah Campbell (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons HS), Logan Chapman (Liberty, S.C./Liberty HS), Ridge Chapman(Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College), Parker Coyne (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinett HS), Eddy Demurias (Miami, Fla./Miami Dade College), Gage Hinson (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College), Jordan Holladay (Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS), Kyle Jacobsen (Acworth, Ga./Allatoona HS), Ian Jenkins(Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill HS), Hunter Lomas (Blythewood, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College), Carmen Mlodzinski (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head HS), Shane Roberts (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dywer HS), McClendon Sears (Sumter, S.C./Sumter HS), Jack Stamler (Greenville, S.C./JL Mann HS), Corey Stone(Prosperity, S.C./Mid Carolina HS), Mason Streater (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS) and Cam Tringali (Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newman HS).
Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class was rated No. 15. The newcomers are already with the team, led by head coach Monte Lee and assistant coaches Bradley LeCroy (recruiting coordinator), Andrew See and Greg Starbuck.
Three signees, Sam Weatherly, Kier Meredith and Spencer Strider, were selected in the 2017 MLB draft. Weatherly was drafted in the 27th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, Meredith was selected in the 28th round by the Chicago Cubs and Strider was chosen in the 35th round by the Cleveland Indians.
The Tigers are coming off a 42-21 record and hosted a regional for the second year in a row in 2017. Clemson opens the 2018 season against William & Mary on Feb. 16 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The top 10 classes in the Baseball America rankings are: 1. Vanderbilt; 2. Florida; 3. Arkansas; 4. Arizona State; 5. South Carolina; 6. Auburn; 7. Florida State; 8. Miami; 9. Kentucky; 10. Michigan; 11. LSU; 12. Virginia; 13. Louisville; 14. TCU; 15. Clemson; 16. UCLA; 17. Southern California; 18. Texas A&M; 19. East Carolina; 20. Oklahoma; 21. Florida International; 22. UC Santa Barbara; 23. Arizona; 24. Mississippi State; 25. Texas Tech.