Baseball America ranks Clemson's 2013 freshman class 3rd in ACC, 16th in nation

Jack Leggett's nine-man class headlined by draftees Chris Okey, Eli White

Baseball - Eli White

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Baseball - Eli White

Clemson's nine-player baseball recruiting class has been ranked No. 16 in the nation by Baseball America.

Head coach Jack Leggett along with assistant coaches Dan Pepicelli and Bradley LeCroy (recruiting coordinator) signed a class that is rated third-best in the ACC.

All nine Tigers are already on campus and have been going through fall workouts in preparation for the 2014 season-opener against Eastern Michigan on February 14.

The newcomers include two players who were selected in the 2013 Major League draft. Infielder Eli White (Easley, SC) was a 26th-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds and catcher Chris Okey (Mount Dora, FL) was a 31st-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres.

For the first time since 2009, Florida topped the

annual recruiting class rankings. Kevin O'Sullivan's 2009 group went on to make three consecutive College World Series appearances, and this class appears to have the pitching firepower to make its own lasting impact on college baseball.

Gators freshman A.J. Puk figures to be a two-way star in the mold of Brian Johnson, a 2009 Florida recruit who went on to become a first-round pick. Righthanders Brett Morales, Logan Shore, Dane Dunning and Shaun Anderson plus lefties Scott Moss and Tyler Deel give Florida the pitching foundation to rival 2009’s group of Johnson, Hudson Randall,

Paco Rodriguez and Austin Maddox.

Florida has brought in six consecutive Top 25 classes under O’Sullivan, including four top-10 classes.

No. 2 Texas and No. 3 South Carolina tied Florida with five recruits who ranked among the pre-draft BA 500. Coach Josh Holliday’s first recruiting class at Oklahoma State checks in at No. 4, the highest

ranking for an OSU class in the 14-year history of the rankings. In-state rival Oklahoma also achieved its highest-ever ranking, checking in at No. 10.

Nebraska, which landed the nation’s top-ranked position player recruit in outfielder Ryan Boldt, grabbed the No. 11 spot. Nebraska’s only previous ranking was in 2010, when its class was No. 23.

2013 Recruiting Class Rankings

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. South Carolina

4. Oklahoma State

5. Oregon State

6. Miami

7. Oregon

8. Mississippi

9. Mississippi State

10. Oklahoma

11. Nebraska

12. Cal State Fullerton

13. Auburn

14. Virginia

15. Tennessee

16. Clemson

17. Texas Christian

18. Florida State

19. Louisville

20. Vanderbilt

21. Georgia

22. Loyola Marymount

23. Tulane

24. Southern California

25. Kentucky

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