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College  | Recruiting  | 11/16/2022

Recruiting Notebook: November 16

Isaiah Burrows      Tyler Russo     
Photo: Will Holden (Perfect Game)
Jordan Marian, MIF/OF, Class of 2025
National Rank: Top 1000 | Commitment: University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB nabbed a solid in-state grab for its 2025 class in Marian. He is an enticing switch-hitter with feel for the barrel and athletic traits across the board. There’s real twitch in all facets of his game, showing good top-end quickness and burst to his actions on the dirt or in the outfield. He makes solid contact to all fields, staying inside the ball with fast hands through the zone. Marian sprays hard to both gaps and showed some over-the-fence pop this summer, generating more strength out front. He’s a barrel producer with a fundamental base that can stick on the left side of the dirt or patrolling the outfield. UCSB added a big time spark plug to its 2025 class.

Cayden Sheffield, C/3B, Class of 2024
National Rank: 181 | Commitment: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has come on the scene recently with a pair of big additions behind the dish for its 2024 class, and Sheffield is the latest addition. The Acworth, Ga. native has been a consistent performer on both sides throughout multiple summer circuits. Sheffield is a power bat that really projects as he continues to develop. He gets deep and catches barrels out front with plenty of strength and intent on his front side. There’s present strength to both gaps and lots of barreled contact. Sheffield has added size and continues to impress with his improvements behind the dish, showing softer hands receiving wise with catch-and-throw traits while gaining lots of ground in his exchange. He’s also high-80s on the bump and can handle a corner infield spot in the future. Sheffield is a solid product with good amounts of strength and tools. He’s a big get for Georgia Tech at this time of the year.

Luke (LT) Taylor, C/3B, Class of 2024
National Rank: 169 | Commitment: USC

The Trojans have made some big recruiting additions via the JUCO and high school routes, and they found another good one in Taylor. Taylor has a unique combination of strength and athleticism with upside in the stick. He has tapped into some loud pull-side power this summer with strong hands and lots of separation. Taylor gets into his backside with whip and lift to the finish that should really project at the next level. The arm strength behind the dish continues to stand out in look with a clean transfer and accurate, on-line throws. He’s a well-rounded player with big tools, and he found a new home in Southern California.

Colin Carney, RHP, Class of 2023
National Rank: 500 | Commitment: McLennan CC

McLennan nabbed a big JUCO addition in Carney. The lanky right-hander has a projectable build 6-foot-6 with long limbs to both halves. His velocity continues to climb as he fills out, now up to 86-87 mph with life out of the hand. The slider has really improved its shape and quality with plate of late horizontal bite and conviction for a swing-and-miss offering. Carney has plenty of upside left in the tank with a potent two-pitch mix. He uses his length well down the slope, and the body should only fill out as he physically adds strength. Carney seems like a perfect JUCO fit for a real quality in-state JUCO program.

Ty Mobley, RHP/INF, Class of 2026
National Rank: Top 1000 | Commitment: Auburn

Auburn added another high upside two-way name for its 2026 class in Mobley. The right-hander boasts a lean, 6-foot-5, 205 pound frame with present length and upside. His fastball gets up to 84 mph with good arm-side run and a late tailing breaker. He can get in the box and shows a looser path and solid strength at impact. Mobley has traits on both sides for the age combined with real arm talent. He’s another big grab for the Tigers as their 2026 class comes together.

-Isaiah Burrows

Will Holden, OF/C, Class of 2026
Class Rank: 50 | Commitment: Wake Forest

This Wake Forest staff has had no shortage of big additions to their various classes and after landing highly ranked left-hander Carson Bolemon, Holden makes another massive name to choose to stay in-state with his commitment. Most recently in the 14u Select Festival, he’s one of the more talented all-around prospects in the country and it’s the foundation of a big profile. He’s athletic and versatile, showing he can hold his own with a good arm in the outfield while there’s also some real catching tools. The offensive traits are what really stand out as he’s shown a consistently high-end handle of the barrel across the circuit while the quality of bat speed, how he impacts the ball already and his physical projection give him huge power upside.

Sterling Coaxum, OF, Class of 2026
Class Rank: 101 | Commitment: Clemson

Coaxum jumped onto the national scene this summer down in West Palm at the UBC and then showed the variety of tools there again at the 14u National Showcase. He’s a high-end athlete who runs a 6.6, profiling in centerfield right now, and he’s got a good arm while the swing is a good one with simplicity and consistency. He’s shown tons of comfort with the barrel and has the innate ability to find it against a variety of arms and if he can continue to trend how he is, he'll fit right in as an up-the-middle top-of-the-order type prospect for the Tigers in a few years.

Jalen Foxx, OF, Class of 2025
Class Rank: 73 | Commitment: South Carolina

A teammate of Brandon Reiter on the travel circuit with the Scorpions, Foxx is another on that talented roster to make his commitment, this one being to the SEC with South Carolina. He’s another that has trended in the right direction and has climbed nationally because of it. He had a big fall, swinging it well at the Sophomore and playing up at Jupiter, and it’s an impact offensive profile. He moves well and has significant present bat speed which allows him to really impact the baseball, doing so with more and more consistency against big arms, and he’s got all the traits of a high-end hitter in this class, making a really nice addition for the Gamecocks in 2025.

Sean Benjamin, OF, Class of 2024
Class Rank: 500 | Commitment: North Florida

This commitment is certainly a heart-warming one for those who know what Benjamin has been through and he’s bringing an impact skill-set and high motor athlete to North Florida. He’s a good runner and his athleticism plays around the diamond while the bat to ball and overall barrel skills just really stand out. He plays the game with a ton of energy and his overall handle of it jumps out even above what the tools are; he’s a gamer that fits the mold of a prospect that gets on campus and makes an impact right away in a number of ways.

Brandon Reiter, LHP, Class of 2025
Class Rank: 250 | Commitment: Pittsburgh

The Sunshine State to Pitt connection is running strong, via their staff’s roots to the state, and Reiter is the latest talented name to announce his commitment to head north. He’s regularly trended up over the last two years, with a balanced progression, and was impressive at the Sophomore World event. He’s a projectable left-hander who has been up to 88, pitching in the 84-87 range right now, and he throws a ton of strikes while really commanding the mix. He’s got innate to feel to spin a sharp breaking ball and has all the components to continue to the upward trend and miss bats in bunches.

Teagan Leach, LHP/1B, Class of 2027
Class Rank: Top 1000 | Commitment: Virginia Tech

This is a really young class, but the staff has already hauled in a pair of talented young players and Leach is a good one both ways right now. He’s into the low-80s from the left side, hiding it well from a shorter arm stroke, and he can miss a good number of bats already like he did at the talented All-State event this past weekend. Offensively, it’s pretty massive bat speed that he generates already and the physicality he has at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds allows him to produce really strong contact to the entire field. With how young he is, it’s hard to determine just what he’ll be in the long-term but he certainly stands out on both sides of the ball already at just 14.

-Tyler Russo