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USF Reels In Consensus Top-10 Recruiting Class

October 23, 2015
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By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA, OCT. 23, 2015 – Head coach Mark Kingston and his assistants Mike Current and Billy Mohl have made a major splash on the national recruiting scene.

USF baseball has reeled in a consensus top-10 recruiting class after the Bulls’ NCAA tournament appearance in Kingston’s first season with the program. The Bulls' class is ranked as highly as No. 6 by Perfect Game, followed by D1Baseball.com (No. 7), Baseball America (No. 8) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 9).

“We wanted to make sure that our first recruiting class here set a foundation for where we want this program to go,” Kingston said. “We were very aggressive in trying to find the best players that we could. We sold our vision to this group and a lot of guys hopped onboard with us. We’re very appreciative of those guys that are trying to build this with us together.”

USF’s first-ever top-25 recruiting class is led by MLB Draft picks Garrett Zech (outfielder), Chris Chatfield (outfielder), Shane McClanahan (LHP), Joe Genord (infield/catcher) and Robert "Coco" Montes (shortstop). Kingston said the balanced class is split between position players and pitchers.

“We pretty much tried to sign a guy at each position, so that we could foster a lot of competition on our team,” Kingston said. “We have speed and we have power. We have some power arms pitching-wise and we’re left-right balanced. I just think overall it’s a quality class in terms of trying to build and fill as many needs as possible.”

Baseball America recently highlighted USF’s recruiting efforts and noted Kingston hit the recruiting trail right after his introductory press conference as the Bulls’ new head coach on June 12, 2014.

“Taking over the job when we did, we had to be really aggressive and we had to be very organized,” Kingston said. “Mike Current, our recruiting coordinator, kind of set the plan for where we needed to be, when we needed to be there, who we needed to meet and who we needed to be in contact with. Then once that itinerary was set throughout the summer, Mike, Billy and I just went out there every day to try to see more players and meet more people.”

Tirelessly traveling the state of Florida – USF’s major area of emphasis – as well as attending recruiting events outside the state paid off for Kingston and his staff after an impressive debut season with the Bulls. USF posted 34 victories in 2014 and made the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. The Bulls went 22-7-1 at home and started the Gainesville Regional with a 5-3 win over FAU.

USF players helped the program book its 11th trip to the NCAA tournament by fully buying into Kingston’s hard-working philosophy and attention to detail. Kingston expects USF’s new class to follow suit as the program looks to take the next step in 2015.

“All these kids all still need to come in and prove they can play at this level. As we tell our guys all the time, they’ll get what they earn and they’ll earn what they get,” Kingston said. “Starting with this type of talent with kids that want to work hard and get better, that’s always how you want to establish a program.”

 

USF’s Recruiting Class in National Rankings

Publication

National Ranking

Perfect Game

6

D1Baseball.com

7

Baseball America

8

Collegiate Baseball

9

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