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Recruiting Class of 2013

Recruiting Class of 2014

Player - 247 Bios - HS/College - (Hometown) - Pos/Height/Weight - Rankings

Hard Commits

Jared Williams: 247 - Gilbert - (Gilbert, SC) - SS/5-9/160
Braden Webb: 247 - Owasso - (Owasso, OK) - SP/6-3/190 - #29 Overall Prospect
Alex Destino: 247 - North Buncombe - (Weaverville, NC) - SP/6-2/200 - #7 LHP
Tyler Johnson: 247 - Trinity Episcopal - (Richmond, VA) - SP/6-2/188
Hunter Taylor: 247 - Nandua - (Onley, VA) - C/5-11/190 - #5 C & #117 Overall Prospect
Brandon Murray: 247 - Hobart - (Hobart, IN) - SP/6-3/180
Clarke Schmidt: 247 - Allatoona - (Acworth, GA) - SP/6-1/165 - #1 INF (GA) & #411 Overall Prospect
Clark Scolamiero: 247 - Greenville - (Greenville, SC) - CF/6-0/170
Dylan Rodgers: 247 - Spartanburg Methodist (JUCO) - (Spartanburg, SC) - RP/6-2/170
Madison Stokes: 247 - AC Flora - (Columbia, SC) - SS/6-3/200
Junior Harding: 247 - Cambridge-South Dorchester - (Cambridge, MD) - RP/5-10/170
Everett Eynon: 247 - AC Flora - (Columbia, SC) - 2B/5-10/160
Collin Steagall: N/A - Spartanburg Methodist (JUCO) - (Lexington, SC) - 1B/6-1/240
Jared Martin: 247 - Chattahoochee Valley CC (JUCO) - (Atlanta, GA) - C/6-0/195
Banks Cromer: 247 - AC Flora - (Columbia, SC) - SP/6-3/160


Recruiting Class of 2015

Player - 247 Bios - HS/College - (Hometown) - Pos/Height/Weight - Rankings

Hard Commits
LT Tolbert: 247 - Wren - (Piedmont, SC) - SS/6-3/170 - #76 Overall Prospect
Tyler Romanik: 247 - Blythewood - (Blythewood, SC) - C/6-2/200
Kaleb Bowman: 247 - Woodgrove - (Purcellville, VA) - SP/6-0/180
Kep Brown: 247 - Wando - (Mount Pleasant, SC) - OF/6-5/205 - #46 Overall Prospect
Kyle Anderson: 247 - Evans - (Evans, GA) - SP/6-0/175
Danny Blair: 247 - Gilman - (Baltimore, MD) - CF/5-11/185 - #11 OF & #78 Overall Prospect
Harrison Smith: 247 - Wando - (Mount Pleasant, SC) - SP/5-10/170
Logan Allen: 247 - IMG Academy - (Fletcher, NC) - SP/6-2/190 - #80 Overall Prospect
Sam Finnerty: 247 - Pelham - (Pelham, AL) - SP/6-0/185 - #194 Overall Prospect
Nick Neidert: 247 - Peachtree Ridge - (Suwanee, GA) - SP/5-11/165 - #65 Overall Prospect
Chris Cullen: 247 - West Forsyth - (Cumming, GA) - C/6-5/195 - #7 C & #124 Overall Prospect
TJ Hopkins: 247 - Summerville - (Summerville, SC) - RF/6-0/175
Cody Morris: 247 - Reservoir - (Fulton, MD) - SP/6-4/185 - #55 Overall Prospect


Recruiting Class of 2016

Player - 247 Bios - HS/College - (Hometown) - Pos/Height/Weight - Rankings

Hard Commits
Grant Bodison - 247 - Mauldin - (Mauldin, SC) - SS/6-2/170 - #27 Overall Prospect
Dalton Griffin - 247 - South Effingham - (Guyton, Ga) - OF/6-2/185 - #127 Overall Prospect
Brad Debo - 247 - Orange - (Durham, NC) - C/6-0/170 - #3 C & #55 Overall Prospect
Duncan Callahan - 247 - Dillon - (Dillon, SC) - SP/6-0/190 - #10 P (SC)
Carlos Cortes - 247 - Lake Howell - (Winter Park, FL) - 2B/5-9/185
Rian Haire - 247 - South Caldwell - (Hudson, NC) - SP/6-3/205 - #1 P (NC), #6 LHP, & #50 Overall Prospect
Joey Polak - 247 - Quincy Notre Dame - (Quincy, IL) - 3B/6-5/210 - #2 3B & #32 Overall Prospect
Joe Rizzo - 247 - Oakton - (Vienna, VA) - 3B/5-11/195 - #177 Overall Prospect



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Write Ups from the Top Baseball Insider for TheBigSpur John Whittle:

Class of 2014

OF Clark Scolamiero
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There's no doubt in my mind that Scolamiero is the best position player in this recruiting class and the best position player in the state of South Carolina. A left-handed hitter and thrower, Scolamiero does everything well. He runs great routes and has very good speed in the outfield. His strong arm and plus defensive abilities will work well in centerfield. Offensively, he has a patient approach and a very good eye at the plate. He is comfortable with two strikes and can use the whole field. While he hasn't developed much power yet, he looks to me like he's going to hit some in time - projectable power. I think he will be a three-year starter in centerfield taking Tanner English's spot after the 2014 season.


RHP Junior Harding
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Profiles as a reliever at the college and professional level. Pitches off a fastball that sits 92-93 but will climb as high as 96 mph at times. Harding has an unflappable mentality and thrives in a late-game role. His arm also bounces back well, which is key for a reliever. His slider is getting better and he will have to have a second pitch to be effective. To me, he's definitely getting there. He projects to be a high draft pick, especially if he can get that 92-93 to 93-94.


2B Jared Williams
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There's a lot to like about Williams, who projects as a second baseman at the next level. To me, that's about the only spot he fits. Maybe third. What I really like about him is that he has a lot of baseball savvy. He's fundamentally sound and always has a great feel for the game. More tangibly, he has good footwork at second and is comfortable around the bag on the double play turn. At the plate, he is a singles and gaps hitter. He also gets on base a lot with the bunt. He's gotten a lot stronger and more aggressive at the plate but he sees the ball well and typically swings at good pitches.


LHP/OF Alex Destino
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I don't think anyone's professional stock has risen more over the 2013 summer than Destino, who is a legitimate two-way prospect at the college level and could either hit or pitch at the professional level, too. He has tremendous power in his bat and will hit a lot of doubles and home runs. He typically pulls the ball and strikes out some but with his power results, the strikeouts can be forgiven. On the mound, he has a low 90s arm from the left side. Offspeed pitches are good enough right now, too. Really, really like what he brings to the table as a player and he will be a high draft pick.


RHP Braden Webb
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Another potentially high draft pick, Webb has a low 90s fastball and a power curve ball. He had some struggles early in the summer with velocity but has the majority of it back now as of mid-July 2013. His curve ball is improving tremendously. Command, for him, has rarely been a problem as he's a strike thrower. He's got one of the more out-going personalities in the class and will fit in very well in the South Carolina program.


RHP Tyler Johnson
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I had not had the opportunity to watch Johnson until the summer 2013. I didn't need to watch him past his warm-up pitches to know I liked him. The ball comes out of his hand well. He's athletic. Great mechanics. Heavy fastball that he locates very well. Keeps the ball down and on a downward plane. Didn't need many offspeed pitches the game I saw him but threw a couple of nice changeups. I don't know where he fits as a freshman. He will probably be a middle innings kind of guy his first year but I like him a lot as a program guy with an increasing role every year.


C Hunter Taylor
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I saw Taylor a couple of times the end of last summer and once near the end of the fall and wasn't sure what I thought about him. His arm is good behind the plate and does a pretty good job of blocking balls. He needs to continue to improve his athleticism. At the plate is where he's really improved his game. He's hitting line drives every time I see him and driving in runs in clutch situations, which is something every team needs. He doesn't feel the pressure with two outs or in tight situations. I really, really like what he can do as a hitter.


RHP/OF Brandon Murray
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Murray is trying his best to be a two-way player at South Carolina but he may be too good as a pitcher to mess around with the bat too much. His velocity is climbing into the mid-90s now. He's a Team USA guy with a strong slider. He can get his fastball in on hitters' hands well and has a great competitiveness about him on the mound. I haven't had the chance to see him offensively but I know it's important to him to try and be a two-way player at South Carolina.


RHP Dylan Rodgers
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I haven't had the opportunity to see Rodgers pitch yet. I know he had a slow start to the spring season at SMC struggling with his command. I also know he finished the year strong.


RHP/MIF Clarke Schmidt
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Over the course of his pitching career, Schmidt has been predominately a Greg Maddux-type relying on movement and location. Over the course of the last couple of months, his velocity has climbed up to 90-91 and he's developing a little more of a power arsenal to his game. There were a couple of outings in a row he struggled with his command early this summer but he's righted the ship in that regard. When he's going well, Schmidt has great movement on his pitches, locates well, and pitches to contact. He wants to play some in the middle infield and isn't a bad prospect as a position player, especially defensively. He's still got to get stronger - both to benefit him on the mound and at the plate.


2B Everett Eynon
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Had the chance to watch Eynon several times over the course of his junior season and he is comparable to Williams in a lot of ways. He is fundamentally sound, plays well defensively, and is a smart baseball player. He's a left-handed hitter and is deceptively strong. Ball comes off his bat well. He's a walk-on and will compete for a spot on the team. Great team guy.


C Jared Martin
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He hit .337 as a freshman in the spring and threw out 56 percent of runners who attempted to steal against him. Martin has put up some pretty good numbers offensively but his strengths are behind the plate. He receives well, is athletic and has a strong and accurate arm on his throws. He’s not shy about throwing behind runners, too. He will provide a great defensive option and would probably hit somewhere around 6 or 7 in the batting order.


LHP Banks Cromer
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He's a tall, projectable lefty who hovers around 80 mph at this point with his fastball. He's the son of former South Carolina baseball player Tripp Cromer, who was drafted in the third round of the MLB Draft in 1988 and played in the major leagues off and on from 1993 to 2003.


1B/DH Collin Steagall
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The big first baseman committed to South Carolina in the fall and wields a power-hitting bat from the left side. Steagall can hit for power but also has done a good job in junior college of balancing walks and strikeouts. He's more of a designated hitter type at South Carolina than a first baseman.



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Class of 2015

SS LT Tolbert
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Tolbert has all the physical tools to be a high-round draft pick when the time comes. He has the size and frame to be very good. His actions defensively and his swing are as good as they get. He needs to get quicker, but he also reads the game very well. He isn't fast, but he's a very good base runner. Defensively, there are some inconsistencies but I like him at shortstop. Just more ground balls and repetitions are in order. Offensively, has a great plate approach. Is aggressive in the count on good pitches but can work the pitcher when he needs to. Projects to hit some home runs and have some power from the left side. The sky is the limit for 2015's first commitment. What's really impressive about him is his on-field leadership ability. He is a future captain and someone his teammates will look up to.


1B/3B Tyler Romanik
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Romanik is going to be a great hitter at South Carolina. He's a very good athlete for a guy his size and projects to play a corner infield position. I've taken catcher off of his list of positions at this point. He's not catching for his high school, so he's probably not going to catch at South Carolina. He's a hitting corner player that is going to hit a lot of home runs. What he's also going to do is hit doubles, go first to third on balls to right, and steal some bases. You wouldn't think so by looking at him, but he can really move. Exciting player to watch.


RHP Kaleb Bowman
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Finally had the chance to see him pitch this summer. Very good poise and demeanor on the mound. Competitor. Really like his three-quarters arm slot and the sink he can get on his fastball. Slider is improving and so is his velocity. Bowman likes to pitch late in games and I can see him being a reliever for the Gamecocks. There are still a couple of years to figure out exactly where he'll fit as he starts for his high school team but he can be a valuable arm for the South Carolina staff. He's also one of the more vibrant personalities in the recruiting class.


OF Kep Brown
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Very toolsy player but he's got to improve his consistency across the board. Right now, I really like the power he possesses. When he makes contact, the ball goes a long way and is hit hard. But he's striking out too much. He is a good athlete and has better speed than one would imagine out of a 6-foot-5 player. He's still kind of growing into his body. His arm is improving and his defense is, too. There are tools there but he needs to continue to develop.


LHP Kyle Anderson
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As a pitcher, Anderson is currently 82-84 from the left side with a curve ball and changeup. He also throws a knuckleball a few times each game just to put that in the back of hitters' minds. He stands 6-foot, 175 pounds and is a pretty athletic kid. There's no doubt in my mind he has some room to get bigger and stronger and will add some velocity to that fastball. I feel like he'll be an upper-80s guy by the time he enrolls. He fits the typical role of South Carolina pitchers that are mature and tough on the mound. He has great command to go along with his poise.


OF Danny Blair
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He's going to be a fan favorite. A lot of fun to watch, be it offensively or defensively because of his speed. He's a dynamic player defensively. Tracks the ball well and can run gap-to-gap. He has a very good arm throwing left-handed. He comes in on the ball very well. Offensively, he has an aggressive approach and can use the whole field. A left-handed hitter, it's a triple when he hits the gap. He goes from first to third as well as anyone I've seen. He's good on the bases and will steal plenty at South Carolina.


RHP Cody Morris
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A power arm from the right side, Morris is currently ranked No. 174 in the country but I expect him to move up about 100 spots the next time those rankings come out. He has a tremendous amount of sink and run on his fastball and a slurvey breaking ball that will probably turn into more of a slider as he gets older. Changeup is really good right now and he has the makings of a starter later in his freshman year and going forward. It wouldn't shock me if he's a reliever early to get some experience but there's a ways to go before the role has to be ironed out. To me, he is a potential Friday night starter. I'm very high on him as a player. Great personality and his teammates love him.


RHP Harrison Smith
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Smith has only been pitching for a very short time - less than a year - as he has spent most of his time as a middle infielder. He was up to 87 mph on the mound during his two-inning performance in the Palmetto Games. He has some life on his fastball and a good curve ball. He’s still developing his changeup. Even though he isn’t the biggest guy, the staff really likes his upside on the mound.


RHP/INF Sam Finnerty
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I haven't had the chance to see Finnerty, who plays his showcase baseball for Alabama Baseball Academy, just yet. What I do know about him is that he is someone who could legitimately play a position or pitch for South Carolina when he arrives. He's in the upper 80s right now with his fastball with a very good slider and feel for his changeup. He is also a 6.7 runner with a strong arm and good actions defensively on the infield. He could also play outfield, potentially. He's a switch hitter who makes pretty consistent barrel contact and is a line drive hitter.


RHP/INF Nick Neidert
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Neidert is someone who can fit any number of places. He was recruited primarily as a pitcher and that's where he's made headlines recently and where he's earned the most interest. He plays some at shortstop but can also play some second base, too. On the mound, he threw a great game against Marucci Elite a couple of weeks ago in Fort Myers, Fla. In that outing against Marucci, Neidert was up to 91 on the radar gun and struck out 12 over seven innings.


C Chris Cullen
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One thing that helped Cullen land the offer, besides his tools at catcher and at the plate, is he is a versatile player. He has very good size at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds but he's also a good athlete running a sub-7.00 time in the 60-yard dash. At the plate, he's a player who projects with a lot of power. I haven't seen him catch but he's been recruited at that position, not just because of his bat.



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Nice recruiting thread for baseball! Thanks for posting.







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Npz, I'll do the writeups for '14 class in a bit. Bout to chow down on some lunch.





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Brandon murray ?@b_murray7 19h Hitting 538. on the season thus far. Not too shabby. And a one hitter with 15 k's my last game pitched. #Grindin






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Some positive feedback on Clark Scolamiero (OF Class of '14) playing in the SC Diamond Invitational, the Blythewood Spring Break Tourney.

Per JW:
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Class of 2014 commitment Clark Scolamiero lost his 15-game hitting streak on the first day of the SC Diamond Invitational but he may have been the best player in the entire tournament. He was 6-for-10 at the plate with five walks, a triple, four runs scored, and two RBIs. In Saturday’s game against Mauldin, he hit the game-winning sacrifice fly but also picked up the victory on the mound allowing two earned runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out five and only walked one in his 84-pitch outing. Scolamiero, unsurprisingly, was named to the All-Tournament team.


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Class of 2014 outfielder Clark Scolamiero had at least one hit in every game of the season entering Game 1 of the SC Diamond Invitational in Blythewood over the weekend. In the first game, he was 0-for-1 with three walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored, so it's not like he didn't have a productive game. He's now on a three-game hitting streak to finish off the tournament. Scolamiero was also great on the mound in his start and was 84-86 with his fastball. He touched a couple of 87s and said it was as good as he's felt on the mound this year. That's good news considering after his last pitching performance, he had some lingering soreness in a muscle kind of on his side. It was hard for him to throw at all for a week or so from the outfield. He felt much better last week and pitched on Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, he felt fine, so the little muscle pull, or whatever he had, is gone. I have painted the picture that he's definitely going to come to school and I still believe that to be the case but his stock has steadily been on the rise. He's had a great high school season and his tools are underrated. I've talked a lot about his arm and his speed is deceiving as he's a lot faster than he looks. Must be the long stride or just how fluid he is. There will be a lot of scouts at his games next year and he'll certainly be one to follow. I still think he has a great shot to step right in for Tanner English for the 2015 season and start for three years.





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John Whittle ?@johnmwhittle #Gamecocks RHP/SS signee Cory Thompson hit three home runs, six RBIs and was 5-for-5 on stolen bases in the @SCDiamondInvit.






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New Commit for the Class of 2013

RHP Trey McNickle (JUCO) from St. Petersburg College

Some comments from Whittle:

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He is a side armer that stands 6-foot-5 and about 200 pounds. According to the NJCAA website, he's 0-2 with a save this year. His ERA is 2.01 with 18 Ks in 31.1 innings. When Esposito saw him yesterday, he pitched two innings and got five ground balls and a pop out, which is what a side armer is supposed to do.


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McNickle throws predominantly a fastball and slider but also mixes in a changeup, which is rare for a sidearm pitcher. His fastball is 82-84, which is average for a side-armer. The slider is good. The changeup is basically a slow fastball thrown in the mid-to-upper 70s. He's a walk-on with a chance to come in and compete right away for a roster spot. There will be for side-arm guys trying out next year with Hunter Privette, Austin Hill, and Kris Nelson. I can't see more than two guys being kept but that will be figured out later.



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Some more write ups I missed on other recruits for the Class of 2013

LHP Cole McMillan:
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McMillan is committed as a walk-on but is also a player who could be a future gem. He has split time between football and baseball during his high school career but will focus on baseball going forward. He has a fastball that ranges from 82-84 and a big curve ball. If he can make a jump in velocity, he could be a big contributor before his time at South Carolina is over.


RHP Tyler Haswell:
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South Carolina recently picked up a commitment from Tyler Haswell (Lawrenceville, Ga./Peachtree Ridge), who stands 6-foot-1, 175. I didn't expect the Gamecocks to take another player in the 2013 class but the right guy did come along. Haswell is a guy who can run his fastball up to 91 but will hover around the upper 80s right now. He is a strike-thrower that has a plus-changeup. Head coach Chad Holbrook has scouted him before and he had a good summer in the East Cobb organization. Sammy Esposito saw him a couple of weeks back as well and he jumped off the page with his performance


RHP Preston Johnson:
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Like Caldwell, Johnson signed with Winthrop out of high school and things just didn't go very well for him there. He transferred down to Chipola and became a very different pitcher. The coaches scouted him during fall games at Chipola and a lot of big colleges came calling. He chose the Gamecocks over Miami and others.


LHP Josh Reagen:
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Reagan used to be committed to College of Charleston but decided to open things back up when CofC went from the SoCon to CAA. He's regarded as the top left-handed pitcher in the state. He's a low-80s pitcher and will creep up to around 84.



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Nice article by JW on 2013 Committ Taylor Widener that was just written up.

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BLYTHEWOOD - Ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of South Carolina by Diamond Prospects, class of 2013 standout Taylor Widener (Aiken/South Aiken) plays every game in front of a handful of scouts or more. A two-way player as a power right-handed arm and sweet-swinging left-handed hitter, Widener has a chance to pitch and hit for the Gamecocks. Prior to the SC Diamond Invitational, Widener discussed how his season is going thus far, where he wants to improve his game, and also a little bit about the MLB Draft.


Link of the Vid: LINK

Other notes:
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I mentioned in the VIP Room earlier this week that the good news for South Carolina fans is that RHP/OF Taylor Widener is trending towards school. He is one of a few guys who I have considered up in the air for a while but things are looking up for the Gamecocks at this point. That doesn't mean that he's playing poorly and it doesn't mean that his level of play is dropping. What it means is that scouts aren't ready to give him the kind of money he would require to skip school.






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John Whittle ?@johnmwhittle #Gamecocks 2014 RHP commit Tyler Johnson threw a one-hit complete game shutout last night.






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Another article written up on TBS on 2 future Gamecocks:
2013 Commitment: "Wil Crowe - Pigeon Forge - (Pigeon Forge, TN) - SP/6-3/235"
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2014 Commitment: "Bradon Murray - Hobart - (Hobart, IN) - SP/6-3/180 "

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Class of 2013 right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe (Pigeon Forge, Tenn./Pigeon Forge) was in the Palmetto State with his high school team when his future college team was back in his home state of Tennessee. Pitching in the Mingo Bay Classic last week, Crowe allowed one hit and struck out 13 before high-tailing it back to Tennessee to watch the Gamecocks play twice against the Volunteers.

In the same game, Crowe, who bats cleanup for his team, also hit a grand slam in the 4-0 victory. He provided all of the offense his team would need and also put together a dominant pitching performance. In the above video interview, Crowe discusses how his season has gone so far and what he wants to improve on before getting to Columbia in the fall.

High school regular seasons are winding down in South Carolina but they’re just getting started in other areas of the country. Class of 2014 two-way player Brandon Murray (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) is only 10 games into the season but he’s off to a great start both on the mound and in the field.

A pitcher and first baseman, Murray caught the eye of South Carolina coaches because of his game on the mound. In two starts this season, the right-hander is 1-0 allowing only one earned run over 11 innings. He has 23 strikeouts, which includes a complete game shutout with 15 Ks in his last start.

At the plate, Murray is hitting .468 with 10 doubles and a triple on the season so far. Murray says he’s playing pretty well so far this season but isn’t at his best. Entering the season, he had some areas of his game he wanted to improve upon and feel those areas are coming along.

“My self discipline at the plate,” Murray said. “Sometimes I go up there a little too anxious. I need to relax and let the game come to me. I’ve noticed lately I’m going up to the plate trying to make things happen too fast and not let it come to me. Pitching, I need to work some on command. I find myself getting behind sometimes. My main goal pitching is to get ahead and stay ahead. If your pitch count stays low, that means you can pitch more innings.”

Murray’s arsenal on the mound includes a fastball, slider, and circle changeup. His fastball runs in on the hands of right-handed hitters and is upper 80s and into the low 90s on a good day.

“I really wanted to have all three of my pitches mastered so I can throw any of them for a strike in any situation,” Murray said. “I want to trust every single pitch so I can keep hitters guessing with what I’m going to throw.”

Murray was recruited with the promise that he will be given an opportunity to play both ways at the college level. There haven’t been many who have been able to accomplish that feat at South Carolina but freshman Curt Britt is proof that players will be given the opportunity to do both.

“I know being a two-way guy at the college level will take a lot of work and a lot of dedication,” Murray said. “But I love the game so much, I want to be involved in each and every inning of each game and contribute to the team as much as I can. I want to contribute as much as I can. I know it’s going to be a lot of work but I think it will pay off.”

Murray picked South Carolina over schools such as Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, and some others in the Midwest.

“South Carolina was always like a dream school for me,” Murray said. “The baseball and facilities are second to none down there. I just feel like it will put me in my best position to develop as a player and prepare for the next level. Once I went down and got to see everything, it all clicked and I knew it was where I wanted to be.”

One of the main reasons Murray is a Gamecock is because of his relationship with pitching coach Jerry Meyers. Murray’s high school coach, Bob Glover Jr., and Meyers graduated from high school together, which is how South Carolina came into the picture.

Murray camped at South Carolina in the fall and Meyers liked what he saw from the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. Murray liked what he saw from the South Carolina pitching coach and everything came together shortly after the camp.

“The pitching staff is always top notch,” Murray said. “You look at what he’s done with players like Michael Roth and the rest of the pitchers that come through the program. I have no doubt that coach Meyers is going to develop me.”






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#Gamecocks 2013 RHP Wil Crowe (@WilCrowe15) threw a complete shutout allowing two hits and no walks with 18 strikeouts. Not a bad day.

This also happened today. Story on TBS soon! RT "@diamondprospect Bishop England's OF Zack Madden has committed to USC #GamecockBaseball"

OF Gene Cone (@gene_cone4) pitched 6.2 shutout innings last week allowing three hits and 8 Ks. He also wants followers on his new acct.

#Gamecocks class of 2013 RHP Tyler Haswell went 6 IP and allowed 1 ER on 6 hits and 6 Ks to pick up the win on Friday. He also hit a HR.






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Article & Notes on Class of 13 Commitment OF Zack Madden
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One of the top players in the Palmetto State became available in the late fall and the coaches at South Carolina were sure to make him a Gamecock. Class of 2013 outfielder Zack Madden (Charleston/Bishop England), ranked as the No. 11 player in the state by Diamond Prospects, chose to stay in state to play his college baseball on Sunday morning

Madden, formerly committed to College of Charleston, decided to open up his recruitment when the Cougars switched conferences. South Carolina, North Carolina State, and Clemson all showed interest in the 6-foot, 180-pounder but he decided to join the South Carolina program

Madden visited Columbia for a game during the Texas A&M series and spent time around the program. After a long conversation with head coach Chad Holbrook last week and several chats with recruiting coordinator Sammy Esposito, he decided to pull the trigger once the Gamecocks returned home from Florida.

“I felt it was in my best interest to decommit and explore other options. I waited on schools to see if there was interest around me and luckily there was,” Madden said of his decommitment from Charleston. “I fell in love with South Carolina. I like the facilities. I’ve played there a ton. I really like coach Holbrook and coach Esposito. They’re really easy to get along with.”

Once reopening his recruitment, Madden decided to take the process slower this time around and said he found the right fit with the Gamecocks. Both of his parents are LSU alums but Baton Rouge was too far from home to consider.

That’s good news for the Gamecocks, who will now bring in an outfielder with a lot of upside.

“I think the reasons schools like that recruit me is I’m a really aggressive player,” Madden said. “I’m hard-nosed, like to get on the bases and run around the bases. They think I’m a good hitter and fast. Coaches see that I’m really hard-working and you can’t be a good hitter without being a hard worker.”

Madden swings from the left side but is right-handed. At the plate, he’s hitting over .400 this season for Bishop England, which produced current designated hitter Brison Celek.

“I hit for average. I have a good bit of pop but I’m mostly an average hitter,” Madden said. “I’m not the type of player that is going to hit a bunch of home runs. I like to hit the ball the other way, like to hit the ball on the ground. Once I get on the ground, that’s where I do most of my damage.”

Madden grew up playing on the infield but made the transition into the outfield last summer for his showcase team, the Charleston-based Diamond Devils. He hit over .500 for the club in the World Wood Bat Association championships last year while playing the corner outfield positions.

For his high school team, Madden is playing centerfield this year.

“I’ve been kind of streaky offensively. Defensively, I am doing great,” Madden said of his high school performance this year. “I grew up not being an outfielder. This past summer, I started playing outfield. I was kind of hesitant. I realized it was a good position for me because I’m fast and I can track the baseball. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise I end up playing outfield. I’m getting better and learning a lot about the position.”

Insider Notes:

Class of 2013 outfielder Zack Madden decommitted from College of Charleston shortly before signing day back in November solely because he didn't want to play in the new conference. He was one of the key pieces of the CofC class and expected to come in and contribute immediately for the Cougars. He was the biggest defection of several that left.

When Madden opened it back up, South Carolina was very interested and began recruiting him heavily. Madden wanted to wait and see what programs would come along and he decided, even though it was very late, to take the process slowly.

As far as the kind of player he is, I had him described to me back in the late fall as someone a lot like Adam Matthews at the same stage. Very toolsy but still sort of raw. He hits with an open stance and hits a lot of line drives. I haven't gotten to see him play a lot of games but my hunch is that he'll strike out some early on during his college career.

He was at Pro Day, which I attended, and I noticed his swing and hitting tools. I didn't notice him much with the outfield arm. He's still pretty new to the outfield, so he probably has some work to do to build that up a little bit. He's a very good athlete. He's about a 6.7 runner, so he'll be able to get around the bases pretty well. I hope to get to a game and see him play as I've only seen him in a showcase setting.



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JW went to see 2013 Commitment Reed Scott pitch on Monday night, Scott through 16 K's & of course that deserves an article, here's JW's writeup:

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ROSWELL, Ga. - The 2014 season seems to be a long way away given that South Carolina is only halfway through the conference slate this year but, glancing ahead, there are a lot of innings pitched leaving when the last ball of 2013 is thrown. Multiple players are going to have to fill the void of pitchers like Nolan Belcher, Adam Westmoreland, and Tyler Webb.

One of those pitchers coming in ready to compete is right-hander Reed Scott (Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity), who pitched perhaps the best game of his young baseball career on Tuesday night against Decatur High School. Given his recent outing, he's shown he can make an early impact for the Gamecocks.

Scott has made his name pitching to contact. He has a fastball with some good sink that will run in on right-handed hitters, a tight slider and a changeup. He’s a ground ball pitcher which makes Tuesday’s start even more impressive.

On his very first pitch of the game, Scott allowed a leadoff single through the left side. It was the only runner, however, he would allow until the sixth inning. He retired 16 straight hitters at one point before giving up an infield single. It was the last time a player would reach base on him in the game.

"Everything was working,” Scott said. “I was hitting my spots well. Me and my catcher were on the same page. My defense played really well and kept the pitch count low and let me pitch the whole game.”

Scott finished with a complete game shutout as Blessed Trinity blanked Decatur 8-0 over seven innings. He allowed two hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 16 in 80 pitches of work.

Scott is a strike-thrower and didn’t go to a full count to any hitter in the game. He only went to two two-ball counts and finished off both of those hitters with a strikeout.

“I just try to work low in the zone, get ground balls, get outs and keep my pitch count low,” Scott said. “Tonight I had my strikeout pitch working and felt good.”

Scott, who signed with the Gamecocks in November, hopes to enroll this summer and get into the weight room before the fall semester when the rest of the team arrives.

Between now and then, his goal remains the same as what it was entering the season, which is to tack on more velocity to his fastball.

"I really wanted to work on my velocity,” Scott said. “That was my main concern with getting ready for college. I feel like I’ve picked up a couple of miles per hour, which is really helping me. If I can keep hitting my spots like I have been and keep my velocity up, I think I’ll be fine.”

Scott visited for the Clemson game earlier this year and hopes to get back to campus to see another game before the season is out. He hasn’t spoken to the South Carolina coaches much in recent weeks but the last time he did, the message was clear.

“They told me I could start or relieve, anything next year, which I’m excited about,” Scott said. “As long as I get to pitch next year, that’s all I really care about. It doesn’t matter where they put me.”

Scott is one of eight pitchers signed as a part of the 2013 class.






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?@johnmwhittle 4h #Gamecocks RHP signee Reed Scott (@Reed_Scott42) threw another complete game shutout allowing three hits, 6 Ks, no BBs on 80 pitches.


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@johnmwhittle 4h #Gamecocks OF signee Gene Cone (@gene_cone4) threw 6 IP and gave up two hits pitching and hit a solo HR to lead SV to rivalry win over RNE.








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Picked up another commitment for the 2013 class, LHP John Parke from Greenville High School. He actually de-committed from Clemson since they wouldn't offer him a scholarship & we offered him one so he's committed to us & signed his LOI.

JW Article:

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South Carolina received a boost to its 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday when left-handed pitcher John Parke (Greenville/Greenville) cast his lot with the Gamecocks.

Parke was committed to Clemson but chose to explore other options late last week. After going back and forth, Parke elected to join a South Carolina program that was just a few months away from being his hated rival.

“It’s one of the best program in the nation from facilities and location to the teams they’ve had in the past and in the next few years,” Parke said of South Carolina. “The outlook looks really great the next four years. I know some of the guys coming in with the class with me and know we can keep the winning tradition.”

In August, Parke accepted a preferred walk-on position at Clemson, according to The Greenville News. A lifelong fan of the Tigers, he decided to explore scholarship options as he’s put together a SC Pitcher of the Year type of résumé.

This season, Parke is 5-1 with a 1.56 earned run average and also has a save to his credit. In 45 innings pitched, he has 68 strikeouts allowing 21 hits and 23 walks. He’s led his Greenville High School squad to a region championship and the Red Raiders are ranked as one of the top AAA programs in the state.

Flipping from Clemson was a very tough decision for Parke but, after visiting South Carolina over the weekend, he made the call to switch allegiances.

“It was a really, really tough decision and one of the toughest of my life. You have the best programs in South Carolina and two of the best programs in the country. I wanted to play in the SEC. I felt comfortable around all the coaches. I knew it was the right decision for me.”

There have been several players in the not too recent past who were Tigers in their younger days but signed to play baseball at South Carolina. The best example, which was used as a recruiting tool with Parke, is Wingo, who spurned the school in the upstate and went on to win the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award.

“Coach Holbrook was telling me a story about Scott Wingo,” Parke said. “There was no bigger Clemson fan that him but he chose to play baseball at South Carolina because he thought it was the best place for him to play. I took that under consideration and did what Scott Wingo did.”

Now, Parke has his sights set on having the same kind of career at South Carolina that Scott Wingo did.



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Excellent thread Cayce Cock! Thank you!





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No problem.





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