Clemson’s 12-man 2011 baseball recruiting class has been ranked 31st in the nation by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
The Tigers’ class is ranked sixth in the ACC behind No. 6 Miami, No. 14 NC State, No. 16 Florida State, No. 17 Virginia and No. 26 North Carolina. Georgia Tech’s class is ranked 38th.
The SEC dominated the Collegiate Baseball recruiting rankings, with nine teams in the top 25, led by two-time defending national champion South Carolina, which claimed the No. 1 spot ahead of Vanderbilt and Mississippi.
The Gamecocks signed 21 players, including seven who turned down pro offers after being drafted.
The Tigers’ class is headlined by pitcher Daniel Gossett, who was drafted in the 16th round of the Major League draft in June by the Boston Red Sox, and catcher Garrett Boulware, who was the 42nd-round pick of the San Diego Padres.
Clemson took a signing-day blow, however, when Daniel Norris of Johnson City, TN – the nation’s top-rated lefthanded pitcher – came to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays after being drafted in the second round.
Clemson’s 2010 recruiting class was ranked 30th nationally by Collegiate Baseball, and produced several first-year contributors – many of whom will be counted on to step up into front-line roles next season.
Clemson coach Jack Leggett must replace more than half of his starting position players and good portion of his pitching staff in the wake of graduation and heavy losses to the Major League draft.
Looking ahead, the Tigers appear well-set for a strong 2012 class, as 14 players are currently committed, including 12 from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Those players will sign during the upcoming early recruiting period in November.
The group of 2011 signees includes four righthanded pitchers – Patrick Andrews of Hilton Head, SC; Brock Goodling of Mount Union, PA; Tyler Kieboom of Marietta, GA; and Gossett – as well as two lefthanders – Kyle Bailey of Southlake, TX and Jeremy Scheck of Vernon Hills, IL.
Clemson also signed a pair of catchers in Boulware and Andrew Cleveland, from Moore, SC and a teammate of Gossett’s at Byrnes High, and an infielder in Jay Baum of Alpharetta, GA.
Joining the Clemson outfield – where replacements must be found for all three starters – will be Brad Felder, a senior transfer from The Citadel; Tyler Slaton, from Cumming, GA; and Mike Triller, from Rutland, VT.