BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Brad Kramer (Harrison, Ohio/William Henry Harrison High School) and Brian Flanagan (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township High School) have committed to continue their baseball careers at Indiana University, head coach Bob Morgan announced today. With the addition of Kramer and Flanagan, Indiana has a total of 10 players who will join the Hoosier program for 2004-05.
Heres a look at Kramer and Flanagan:
Left-handed Pitcher Harrison, Ohio William Henry Harrison HS Kramer is in his senior season at William Henry Harrison High School where he is a three-year letterman for head coach Dave Bader. As a sophomore, he was named his teams rookie of the year and finished with a 4-0 record and a 1.81 ERA. Kramer compiled an 0.96 ERA and a 5-1 record as a junior. He pitched 36 and 1/3 innings and struck out 48 batters on his way to being named the teams Co-MVP and earning the Lowest ERA award. Kramer played his summer ball for the Cincinnati Future Stars. Brad is the son of Greg and Janice Kramer.
Coach Morgan on Brad Kramer: Brad is one of the better left-handed pitchers in the state of Ohio. He has an excellent fastball with a good breaking ball. He has great command of three pitches and the poise to go with it. I feel he is a guy who can step in and pitch for us right away.
Brad Kramer on Committing to IU: "When I first saw the campus, I knew that I wanted to attend IU. After meeting with Coach Morgan and the other coaches, I was sure that Indiana baseball was the best choice for me."
Catcher Western Springs, Ill. Lyons Township HS
Flanagan is a four-year letterwinner at Lyons Township High School. He was selected to play in a high school All-Star game sponsored by the Chicago White Sox last August. Flanagan was named to Team Illinois by the Midwest Coaches Association, and also teamed with incoming Hoosier recruit Jordan Baughman (signed in the fall) to lead Lyons Township to the 2003 IHSA Class AA State Championship. Since the age of 13, Flanagan competed for the NAISHF (National American Italian Sports Hall of Fame) Redshirts. He also played football as a freshman and sophomore in high school. Brian is the son of Tim and Debby Flanagan.
Coach Morgan on Brian Flanagan: Brian is an excellent catch-and-throw player. With the coming graduation of (current IU catcher) Cody Wargo, he is going to give us depth where we will need it. Hes a solid player who is just going to get better with time. With is competitive nature, he should adapt well to the college game.
Brian Flanagan on Committing to IU: I chose Indiana University because it allows me to get a great education while also playing baseball in the Big Ten Conference. I am looking forward to the challenges that IU offers both academically and athletically.
Copy of the original signing releases is listed below:
Shortstop/Outfield Evansville, Ind. F.J. Reitz HS Barrett is entering his senior season at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville where he played for Steven Johnston. He is a two-year letterwinner entering his senior campaign. The first-team All-Conference and All-Metro selection hit .400 as a junior and added four home runs. Barrett is a three-sport athlete who also participates in football and basketball. He is the son of Chris and Cheryl Barrett.
Coach Morgan on Zach Barrett: Zach is an outstanding three-sport athlete in high school. He is a high school shortstop who has the versatility to play the outfield or infield. Zach is a physical specimen who can really swing the bat.
Zach Barrett on On Choosing IU: Indiana is a great University with an excellent baseball program. The coaches showed great interest in me throughout my junior and senior years. I think I can play right away and contribute to the team.
Right-handed Pitcher LaGrange, Ill. Lyons Township HS Baughman was All-State Honorable Mention in Illinois as a junior at Lyons Township High School. He played for George Ushela. Baughman also made the 2003 Area Code Team. He was selected All-Area Suburban Life in 2002 and 2003 and All-Area IHSA Coaches Association in 2003. The right-handed pitcher earned MVP honors at the 2003 Illinois High School State Tournament. As a sophomore, he compiled an 8-0 record and a 1.41 ERA and followed that season with a 9-2 record and a 1.61 ERA as a junior. He is the son of Debra and Jack Baughman.
Coach Morgan on Jordan Baughman: Jordan has a nice, loose arm that projects very well. He has the physical tools to contribute immediately. He is rated as one of the top prospects in the state of Illinois.
Jordan Baughman On Choosing IU: I personally chose to attend Indiana University because it has everything Im looking for athletically, academically and socially. I was very impressed with Coach Morgan and the rest of the coaching staffs view on baseball, as well. Im really looking forward to being part of the Hoosier family.
Shortstop/2B Georgetown, Ind. Floyd Central HS Cox, a middle infielder, was selected for the Indiana High School Coaches Association Junior Showcase. He is three-year letterwinner for Casey LaDuke at Floyd Central High School. Also a football player, Cox is a four-year starter at quarterback. Cox played summer baseball for the Floyd County Heat. He is the son of Jeff and Claudia Cox.
Coach Morgan on Cox Tyler is a good, solid baseball player who knows how to play the game. He is another good athlete who has the versatility to play many different positions.
Tyler Cox On Choosing IU: I chose Indiana because it offers a great baseball program and an academic environment that will bring out the best in me. I also felt very comfortable around the coaches and players.
Shortstop Terre Haute, Ind. West Vigo High School Leclercq, a senior at West Vigo High School, was selected All-County and All-Western Indiana Conference in 2002 and 2003. He was also named honorable mention first-team All-State. He has lettered three seasons for head coach Steve DeGroote. Leclercq is the son of Lenny, Sr., and Connie Leclercq.
Coach Morgan on Leclercq: Lenny is a very good, hard-nosed baseball player who possesses all the physical tools needed to compete for our starting shortstop position next season. Lenny is an impact player who has the necessary intangibles to be successful.
Leclercq On Choosing IU: I feel attending Indiana University is going to be an awesome opportunity for me.
Left-handed Pitcher Orleans, Ind. Lincoln Trail Junior College Poole was a four-year letterwinner at Orleans High School and is currently in his second season at Lincoln Trail Junior College. Following his freshman year at Lincoln Trail, Poole was taken in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He compiled a 4-2 record last season pitching five complete games and three shutouts for coach Mitch Hannahs. Poole posted 46 strikeouts in 55.1 innings of work, walking only 18 batters. For his play, he was named All-Conference. As as senior in high school, Poole went 11-3 and led his team to a sectional championship.
Coach Morgan On Adam Poole: Adam is a very good left-handed pitcher who was drafted last year. He is a top starter for Lincoln Trail Junior College, which gives him maturity and experience to be a Big Ten starter for us next year.
Adam Poole on Choosing IU: Ive always wanted to be a Hoosier. I feel like it was a good choice for me, a good fit for me in baseball and academically, too. I also like that its close to home.
Right-handed Pitcher Winchester, Va. John Handley HS Verts is a three-year letterman for coach Eddie Simmons at John Handley High School in Winchester, Va. He has played first base, third base and pitched while in high school. Verts was a three-time All-District selection, a two-time All-Region honoree, and added All-State to his list of honors as a junior in 2003. After being honored for his play at third base as as freshman and sophomore, Verts was selected as a utility player last season. Also a four-year letterwinner in football, Verts was a standout quarterback at John Handley as well.
Coach Morgan On Josh Verts: Josh is a big, strong power pitcher who throws in the high 80s. Josh can possibly be a two-way player as he is both an outstanding hitter and pitcher. He was a very good high school quarterback as well.
Josh Verts on Choosing IU: I really liked the coaching staff and the environment at IU. I felt like IU fit me really well.
Catcher Atlanta, Ga. Pace Academy Udoff is a senior at Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga. A three-year starter and letterwinner for coach Charlie Owens, he hit .341 with five home runs and 28 runs scored as a junior in 2003. Udoff was named the MVP of his Pace Academy team that qualified for the state playoffs and placed third in the region last season. Udoff played summer baseball for the East Cobb Bulls in 2002 and for the East Cobb Red Sox in 2002. An excellent student, he is a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll.
Coach Morgan on Brad Udoff: Brad is a solid catcher who has tremendous work habits and a passion for the game. We feel he will be a contributor to our program.
Brad Udoff on Committing to IU: "My goal has always been to play baseball at a school with strong academics and an outstanding athletics program. Coach Morgan and Indiana University fulfill both these requirements. I am looking forward to becoming an asset to the team and the university."
Infield Perrysburg, Ohio St. Johns Jesuit Leininger is a senior at St. Johns Jesuit High School where he plays for Ed Mouch. He was a first-team All-City selection and a first-team All-District honoree as a junior in 2003. As a sophomore in 2002, he garnered second-team All-City honors and second-team All-District accolades. Leininger played summer baseball for the Underwood Orr.
Coach Morgan on Kevin Leininger: Kevin is a solid infielder who will be an excellent second baseman in college. He will also be looked at to contribute on the mound.