NC State Baseball Inks 10 In Fall Signing Period
Dec. 19, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent has announced the signing of 10 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent for the November signing period. The Wolfpack landed nine high school players, six of them from in-state, and one junior college transfer. NC State landed five pitchers, four of them righthanded, three infielders and two catchers.
"We're pleased not only with the quality of the players we signed, but also with the depth this class gives us," Avent said. "To be able to sign this many quality players is a tribute to NC State and to our program."
The Wolfpack began its recruiting haul right in its own back yard. Righthanded pitcher Adam McLaurin and catcher Caleb Mangum both played key roles on Fuquay-Varina's state 4-A championship team a year ago, and both were highly regarded recruits heading into the 2003 high school season. Fuquay-Varina finished the '02 season ranked 17th nationally by Baseball America. In addition, righthander Gib Hobson of North Forsyth High School is one of the top returning players in the state, a first-team all-state selection as a junior and a top 200 player nationally.
NC State signed three other in-state standouts: righthanded pitcher Jeffrey Stallings of D.H. Conley High School in Greenville; infielder Bobby Hubbard of T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville; and lefthanded pitcher Matt Harrison of South Granville High School. Hubbard helped lead Roberson to a 27-2 record and the North Carolina 2-A state championship, the finals of which were held at NC State's Doak Field.
"It will always be a priority for us to recruit well in North Carolina, and we're very pleased with the six in-state players we've signed," Avent said. "Caleb Mangum, Adam McLaurin and Bobby Hubbard played for state championship teams last year, and Gib Hobson, Matt Harirson and Jeffrey Stallings are three of the top pitchers in the state."
Perhaps the two most heralded recruits the Wolfpack landed were catcher Scott Leffler and righthander Todd Redmond of Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg, Fla. Team One ranks Leffler, who has transfered to nearby Dunedin High School for the 2002-03 school year, as the top defensive catcher in the country, while the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau ranks him as one of the top 15 catchers overall, and one of the top 100 high school players in the country, regardless of position. Redmond is a top 200 player nationally, and he and Leffler both earned all-state honors in Florida last spring while leading Northside Christian to a 33-3 overall record, a berth in the Florida 1-A state championship game, and a final No. 19 national ranking by Baseball America.
"Certainly, Todd Redmond and Scott Leffler are both very high-profile recruits," Avent said. "Northside Christian is one of the top baseball programs in the state of Florida, which is saying something because there is so much quality high school baseball in that state."
The Wolfpack's third out-of-state high school signee was infielder Eric Taylor, a two-time all-district pick at Flower Mound High School in Dallas, Texas. Flower Mound, a perennial power in Texas, opened the 2002 season 22-0 and was ranked in the national top 10 before faltering late in the season and being upset in the district playoffs.
In addition to the nine high school players, Avent also signed shortstop Tim Holt of Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Wash. Holt, a standout hitting prospect, earned all-conference honors as a freshman a year ago. He is the fifth junior college player from the state of Washington to sign with NC State in the past three seasons, following current Wolfpackers Chad Orvella, Adam Hargrave, Dustin Knight and Lee Mezistrano from the Pacific Northwest to Raleigh.
"We wanted to add pitching in this class, and since three of our starting infielders this year will be seniors, we had an obvious need for infielders," Avent said. "We've signed five pitchers and three infielders to address those needs. In addition, our starting catcher is eligible for the draft this year and is getting a lot of attention from pro scouts, so we're bringing in two very strong catchers. We believe that this recruiting class really goes a long ways toward addressing our immediate needs. We're very excited about these 10 signees."
NC State Baseball Fall 2002 Signees
Matt Harrison * lhp * 6-4 * 195 * South Granville High School * Stem, N.C. An all-state pitcher as a junior at South Granville ... Posted a 7-1 record with a 0.78 ERA ... Worked 54 innings and had just 11 walks and 108 strikeouts ... Was first-team all-conference and all-state ... Pitched in the State Games of North Carolina, and the East Coast Professional Showcase ... Earned all-conference honors as a sophomore after going 7-2 with a 1.70 ERA ... Walked 19 and struck out 104 in 58 1/3 innings ... Went 5-1 with a 1.76 ERA as a freshman to earn all-conference recognition ... Walked 21 and fanned 58 in 51 2/3 innings.
Gib Hobson * rhp * 6-3 * 198 * North Forsyth High School * Pfafftown, N.C. Earned first-team all-state honors by the North Carolina High School Baseball Coaches Association after going 8-1 with a 1.08 ERA at North Forsyth ... Allowed 23 hits, walked 23 and struck out 71 in 52 innings ... Held opponents to a .124 batting average ... Tossed a no-hitter on April 16 vs. East Forsyth ... Batted .303 with 20 RBIs ... Helped lead North Forsyth to a 20-6 record and the Metro 4-A Conference championship ... Named the No. 16 prospect at Perfect Game USA's World Showcase ... Played in the 2002 State Games of North Carolina ... Was team MVP as a sophomore and junior ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Tim Holt * ss * 5-8 * 170 * Bellevue (Wash.) Community College * Everett, Wash. Batted .300 with five doubles, one triple, 12 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 30 games as a freshman at Bellevue at 2002, earning Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) all-star honors for the league's North Division ... Struck out just nine times in 163 plate appearances while drawing 21 walks for an on-base percentage of .399 ... Played at Bellevue with current NC State outfielder Lee Mezistrano ... Was a four-year letterwinner and standout at Lake Stevens High School in Everett, earning first team all-state honors as a senior in 2001 ... Picked up AAA All-Wesco honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Was named first team all-area as a junior and senior, and was second-team all-area as a relief pitcher as a senior ... Has played the last two summers with the Washington Bankers.
Bobby Hubbard * inf * 5-11 * 155 * T.C. Roberson High School * Asheville, N.C. Earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after hitting .386 with three home runs and 29 RBIs as a junior ... Had a .527 on-base percentage and a .651 slugging percentage ... Helped lead T.C. Roberson to a 27-2 record, a No. 37 national ranking by Baseball America, and the 2002 North Carolina 3-A state championship at NC State's Doak Field ... Named first-team all-conference in the Mountain Athletic Conference ... Batted .660 in the 2002 State Games of North Carolina.
Scott Leffler * c * 6-1 * 175 * Dunedin High School * Dunedin, Fla. Named the No. 1 defensive catcher in the country by Team One ... Ranked as the 64th-best player in the country regardless of position by Perfect Game ... Listed as the No. 87 high school prospect in the country by Baseball America ... Batted .433 and earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all-county as a senior in 2002 ... Ranked as the No. 11 prospect at Perfect Game USA's 2002 World Showcase ... Helped lead Northside Christian to a 33-3 final record, a No. 19 national ranking in Baseball America, and a second-place finish in the Florida 1-A state tournament as a junior in 2001 ... Batted .385 and was named third-team all-state and all-county as a sophomore in 2001.
Caleb Mangum * c * 5-11 * 160 * Fuquay-Varina High School * Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Named first-team all-state by the North Carolina High School Baseball Coaches Association ... Batted .367 with five doubles, one triple, four home runs, 33 RBIs and seven steals in 29 games for Fuquay-Varina's North Carolina 4-A state champions ... Helped lead Fuquay-Varina to a 26-3 overall record and a No. 17 national ranking by Baseball America ... Drew 10 walks and struck out just eight times in 107 plate appearances ... Had a .430 on-base percentage and a .578 slugging percentage ... Named first-team all-conference in the Tri-Seven 4-A Conference.
Adam McLaurin * rhp * 6-1 * 175 * Fuquay-Varina High School * Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Went 5-1 with two saves and a 2.13 ERA for Fuquay-Varina's North Carolina 4-A state championship team ... Made nine appearances on the mound and allowed 16 hits, walked 15 and struck out 37 in 26 1/3 innings pitched ... Helped lead Fuquay-Varina to a 26-3 overall record and a No. 17 national ranking by Baseball America ... Batted .333 with a team-high nine doubles, two home runs, 21 runs scored and 10 RBIs in 24 games in the outfield ... Went 10-1 as a sophomore in 2001, with the one loss coming in the second round of the state 4-A playoffs ... Earned first-team all-conference honors in 2001 ... Has recorded 128 strikeouts in 78 career innings.
Todd Redmond * rhp * 6-2 * 185 * Northside Christian High School * St. Petersburg, Fla. Helped lead Northside Christian to a 33-3 final record and a No. 19 national ranking in Baseball America ... Named first-team all-state after compiling a 12-0 record with a 0.60 ERA ... Tossed a pair of no-hitters ... Struck out 109 in 70 1/3 innings ... Named second-team All-Suncoast ... Listed as the No. 25 prospect at Perfect Game USA's World Showcase ... Participated in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., and the East Coast Professional Showcase ... Also took part in the Florida Diamond Club Showcase ... Went 7-3 wth a 1.55 ERA as a sophomore in 2001 ... Struck out 100 in 65 1/3 innings ... Earned all-conference honors, and was named honorable mention All-Suncoast ... Was a second-team all-state pick ... Attended the Perfect Game USA's World Showcase ... Had a 7-2 record and a 1.99 ERA as a freshman in 2000 ... Struck out 68 in 49 1/3 innings ... A starter since 8th grade, and has set school career records with 33 wins, 388 strikeouts and five no-hitters.
Jeffrey Stallings * rhp * 6-4 * 170 * D.H. Conley High School * Greenville, N.C. Earned all-conference and all-state honors as a junior at Arendall Parrott Academy ... Went 5-2 with three saves and a 1.52 ERA ... Struck out 64 in 46 2/3 innings ... Pitched in the 2002 State Games of North Carolina and was the winning pitcher in the Gold Medal game ... Did not allow an earned run in the entire tournament.
Eric Taylor * inf * 6-1 * 170 * Flower Mound High School * Dallas, Texas
Batted .386 with two doubles, two triples, one home run, 19 runs scored and 13 RBIs in 20 games for Flower Mound High School, a baseball power in the state of Texas ... Flower Mound, which opened the season 22-0 and was ranked No. 9 in the April 9 BCA coaches poll, finished the 2002 season with a 24-4-2 record and a second-place finish in Texas's District 6-5A ... Finished ninth in District 6-5A in batting average ... Earned second-team All-District 6-5A honors ... Batted a team-high .371 with eight doubles, 18 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 26 games and was named second-team all-district as a sophomore in 2001 ... Has played the last two summers with the Dallas Mustangs 16-U team.