Morgan Inks Six Recruits for 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University head baseball coach Bob Morgan has announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent to play at IU beginning in 2005. The class includes five high school seniors and one junior college player. Four players are natives of the state of Indiana.
Shortstop/Outfield 6-5 210 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 6-4 185 LaGrange, Ill. Lyons Township
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 I'm looking for athletically, academically and socially. I was very impressed with Coach Morgan and the rest of the coaching staff's view on baseball, as well. I'm really looking forward to being part of the Hoosier family."
Shortstop/2B 6-0 185 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 6-2 185 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 6-3 190 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:
"I've 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 it's close to home."
Right-handed Pitcher 6-2 230 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."
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