Tiger baseball's 2012 recruiting class ranked No. 5 in nation, best in ACC

Clemson's 19-man class trails only Vanderbilt, UCLA, Arizona State, LSU

Clemson Baseball - Jack Leggett and Bradley LeCroy

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Clemson Baseball - Jack Leggett and Bradley LeCroy

Clemson’s 19-player 2012 baseball recruiting class has been ranked No. 5 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball magazine.

Vanderbilt's class is ranked No. 1, while UCLA, Arizona State, Louisiana State, and Clemson complete the top five.

Head coach Jack Leggett and assistants Dan Pepicelli and Bradley LeCroy put together ACC's highest rated class. LeCroy serves as the Tigers' recruiting coordinator.

All 19 Tiger signees enrolled in August and been participating in fall workouts.

The Collegiate Baseball rankings are based on players who enroll each fall. Athletes who initially signed with a school and then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the evaluation.

Clemson's previous two recruiting classes were ranked 30 and 31st, respectively, and fifth and sixth in the ACC.

Eighteen of the Tigers' 19 players are eligible for the 2013 season, which will begin Feb. 15 against William & Mary.

The newcomers include three players who were selected in the 2012 Major League draft. Infielder Tyler Krieger (Johns Creek, Ga.) was a 35th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, infielder/catcher Kevin Bradley (Pennington, N.J.) was a 36th-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies, and righthander/infielder Clate Schmidt (Acworth, Ga.) was a 36th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers.

North Carolina's recruiting class was ranked second among ACC schools, and was followed by Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia.

Collegiate Baseball Top 40 Recruiting Classes

1. Vanderbilt, 2. UCLA, 3. Arizona State, 4. LSU, 5. Clemson, 5. Stanford, 7. Florida, 8. North Carolina, 9. Miami, 10. South Carolina,

11. Kentucky, 12. TCU, 13. Texas A&M, 14. Georgia, 15. Texas, 16. Alabama, 17. Cal State-Fullerton, 18. Cal-Santa Barbara; 19. Florida State, 20. Fresno State,

21. Arizona, 22. Auburn, 23. Oregon, 24. Southern California, 25. California, 26. Arkansas, 27. Rice, 28. Georgia Tech, 29. Stetson, 30. Missouri State,

31. Oklahoma, 32. Virginia, 33. East Carolina, 34. Oregon State, 35. Louisville, 36. Houston, 37. Mississippi State, 38. Kennesaw State, 39. Mississippi, 40. Central Florida

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