The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

November 20, 2013

Mazey signs top recruiting class in WVU baseball history

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey’s 11-player recruiting class for the 2015 season comprises the highest ranked recruiting class in school history.

The recruiting class ranks No. 48 according to Perfect Game and ranks No. 5 in the Big 12 behind TCU (No. 23), Texas (No. 29), Oklahoma State (No. 33) and Texas Tech (No. 45).

“I feel like we had to outwork a lot of people to get the quality of players that we got, and my guys did that,” Mazey says. “Coach (Derek) Matlock and coach (Steven) Trout are warriors. They’re on the road all of the time seeing these guys play and talking to them. They bring them to campus and coach (Daniel) Carte and myself get to meet them. It’s a team effort when you sign somebody, and having this class in the Top 50 says a lot about where this program is and where it’s heading.”

Ten of the 11 signees will join the team out of high school, including six from Texas, three from Ohio and one from New Jersey. The Mountaineers added one junior college prospect from Texas.

“We really feel like we did well in Ohio and of course Texas being Big 12 country. Those kids grew up as Big 12 fans and recognized what we did last year and the direction the program is heading with the new facility,” Mazey said. “We’re able to attract some pretty talented kids right now. I think when the stadium is actually complete, it will really help our recruiting and we can bang heads with the Top 10 schools in the nation.”

Four of the players are from Flower Mound, Texas, which had six players from its team that won 21 straight games in the spring sign letters of intent.

Coming from the high school ranks are pitchers Jake Danner (Gibbstown, N.J.), Conner Dotson (Flower Mound, Texas), Caleb Ferguson (West Jefferson, Ohio), Seth Jordan (Flower Mound, Texas), Connor McMann (Flower Mound, Texas) and BJ Myers (Flower Mound, Texas). Cole Carter (Allen, Texas), Tucker Cascadden (Houston, Texas), Kyle Casserly (Pickerington, Ohio) and Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) represent the position players, while McMann will be a two-way player for the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers’ junior college recruit is left-handed pitcher Greg Maisto (Southlake, Texas). Maisto spent last season redshirting at Texas A&M and is currently attending McLennan Community College.

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