Baseball Inks 15 In Fall Signing Period
Nov. 23, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. — With a current roster top-heavy with seniors and draft-eligible juniors, NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent and his staff had numerous holes to fill in this year’s fall signing period. The Wolfpack’s 15-man recruiting class appears to have addressed the bulk of NC State’s immediate and long-range needs.
Avent signed 11 high school seniors and four junior college transfers. Eight of the high school players rank among the top players in the state of North Carolina. The remaining three high school signees and all four juco players are standouts from baseball hotbeds across the country.
NC State’s fall 2010 signees, in alphabetical order, are:
• Bryan Adametz, an outfielder from Palm Beach State (Fla.) College
• Brett Austin, a catcher from Providence High School
• Grant Clyde, a third baseman and outfielder from Angelina (Texas) Community College
• Jason Creasy, a righthanded pitcher from Clayton High School
• Brandon Culbreth, a righthanded pitcher from Forsyth Country Day School
• Taylor Eikenberry, a lefthanded pitcher from Iowa Western Community College
• Jake Fincher, an infielder and outfielder from Providence High School
• Demetrus Ingram, an outfielder and righthanded pitcher from West Stanley High School
• Logan Jernigan, a righthanded pitcher from South Johnston High School
• Jake Junis, a righthanded pitcher and infielder from Rock Falls (Ill.) High School
• John Leonard, an infielder and outfielder from Connellsville Area High School in Dawson, Pa.
• Logan Ratledge, an infielder from Ardrey Kell High School
• Carlos Rodon, a lefthanded pitcher and first baseman from Holly Springs High School
• Trea Turner, an infielder from Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Fla.
• Ryan Wilkins, a righthanded pitcher from Palomar (Calif.) Community College
Avent believes this year’s class of signees is loaded with character as well as talent.
“We’ve recruited very well the last three years, but I’m confident that this could be the best recruiting class we’ve had in my 15 years at NC State,” Avent said. “We’ve worked very hard to convey to recruits that there are great things happening here at NC State, and I’m proud that we got that message across. We’re looking forward to this group joining the Wolfpack baseball family. These young men are strong student-athletes who share a common goal of being winners both in the classroom and on the playing field.”
The Wolfpack signed players from six different states, including the eight from North Carolina, plus two each from Illinois and Florida, and one each from Pennsylvania, California and Texas. More to the point, NC State’s signees cover the entire diamond. Six are multipositional players, three of whom pitch and play an everyday position. Eight are pitchers, six of them righthanded. Six can play infield positions, and five are outfielders. One is a catcher.
“With this class we looked to fill both immediate and long-term needs, as well as to provide depth,” Avent said. “We believe we accomplished that. These are all quality players and quality people who are excited about coming to NC State. The fact that we were able to sign young men with this kind of talent and character shows how well we conveyed our message about NC State. Great things are happening at NC State and that this is a great place to be.”