Juco | Rankings | 11/24/2021

Top JUCO to 4-Year Recruiting Classes

Brian Sakowski     
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Early Signing Deadline: Top JUCO-to-Four Year Recruiting Classes (2022)

Note: These classes are current as of this writing, and represent how we see these classes stack up at this place in time. These classes will fluctuate, sometimes quite a bit, by the time August rolls around and we see who actually makes it to campus. Some may choose to return to their JUCO for another year, some may get drafted, and some may not make it to their committed school for any number of reasons. These rankings are generated using several factors, with varying weights placed on talent, performance, pure upside, ceiling/floor differential, and potential draft stock, amongst others. Perhaps the most important aspect that goes into these rankings is impact of said class/players on that particular school. There is a sliding scale involved here, in that sense. Potential signability as it pertains to the draft, and therefore potential likelihood of any of these players to make it to campus, is not used in the creation of these rankings, as that’s way too much of a guessing game to play. 

1. Louisiana State

Head Coach: Jay Johnson
Recruiting Coordinator: Dan Fitzgerald

Class Quick-Hitter

The obvious focus is high-end power arms, all of whom come with significant draft upside as well as potential variance of outcomes. 

The Players

-Jacob Misiorowski, RHP, Crowder
-Kaleb Applebey, RHP, Wabash Valley
-Adrian Siravo, RHP, Weatherford
-Nathan Ackenhausen, LHP, Eastern Oklahoma State

The Impact

Another high-profile program that saw a coaching staff change last summer, LSU hired Jay Johnson away from Arizona and brought in Dan Fitzgerald from DBU to handle the recruiting. The impact of this class is easy to see, it’s all arms, and it’s all high-end arms. These four players are all pretty easily top-100 JUCO prospects, with all four potentially even fitting into the top-50 when the Top JUCO Prospects List comes out in January. With that level of talent, the inherent risk of losing one or several of these players to the draft is a real one, which obviously impacts how this class might look a year from now. With that being said, this is a killer class. Misiorowski, Siravo, and Applebey all represent three of the highest-end right-handed arms in the whole class. All three can reach towards the upper-90s and have varying levels of polish, but all three certainly fit into the “impact piece” category should they make it to Baton Rouge, while Ackenhausen might have the most polish of the group and could be the most ready right away in 2023. 

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