NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head baseball coach Bob Rikeman announced the 2008 recruiting class today. A total of 27 players will join the scarlet and gray in time for the 2009 season. This year's class is primarily home-grown, with 13 players coming from South Carolina.
"I think this is the best recruiting class we've had since I've been here," Rikeman said. "It's definitely going to give us some much needed depth in the outfield and on the mound."
"This is a very young recruiting class compared to what we've had. We've really gone back to my belief of building your recruiting class with good, solid freshmen. I think we definitely have more offensive punch in our incoming class, and we've shored up the catching position for sure. This is a much more athletic recruiting class than we've had in the past," Rikeman added.
Listed below are the 27 members of the 2008 recruiting class:
Name Hometown Pos. Last School
Kenny Anderson Summerville, S.C. LHP Northwood Academy
Michael Balderman Irmo, S.C. LHP La Serna HS (Calif.)
Chris DeArmas Homestead, Fla. OF Saint Thomas University
Nathan Edler Winter Springs, Fla. INF Winter Springs HS
Kyle Farmer Savannah, Ga. INF Calvary Baptist Day HS
Matt Frank Orlando, Fla. C Pine Castle Chr. Acad.
Jason Gibson Orlando, Fla. INF/OF Colonial HS
Ed Gravely Rocky Mount, N.C. 1B Rocky Mount Academy
Terrance Gray Newberry, S.C. OF Spartanburg Methodist Coll.
Roland Haskins Woodbridge, Va. OF CC of Baltimore Co.
Ryan Hines Hanahan, S.C. INF Hanahan HS
Mitchell Huskey Goose Creek, S.C. RHP Goose Creek HS
Zachary Keen Fruit Cove, Fla. LHP/1B Bartram HS
Josh Kubisz Goose Creek, S.C. C Goose Creek HS
Kyle Lawson West Columbia, S.C. RHP White Knoll HS
Josh Ledford Apopka, Fla. LHP/1B Lake Brantley HS
Barry Loucks Greenville, S.C. C Georgia Southern Univ.
Chris Mansbach Winter Park, Fla. OF/RHP Orangewood Christian HS
Jim Pollack Hunter, Alaska C Polk CC (Fla.)
Hunter Porter Ballentine, S.C. OF Home-schooled
Zachary Roy Lowell, Mass. OF Lowell HS
Wade Ruff Rock Hill, S.C. LHP Northwestern HS
Robbie Scaggs North Augusta, S.C. 3B/1B North Augusta HS
John Smith Hendersonville, N.C. RHP West Henderson HS
Kedric Wadsworth Prosperity, S.C. OF Spartanburg Methodist Coll.
Corey Warner Lexington, S.C. INF White Knoll HS
Jared Whittington Baltimore, Ohio C/INF Liberty Union HS