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Recruiting Notebook: October 5

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Duke Ekstrom, rhp, Class of 2023
Commitment: Vanderbilt

Ekstrom has already made his presence known on the national scene, throwing at last year’s PG Underclass All American Games before coming out to Arizona this September where he showed an uptick in his arsenal. A long and ultra-projectable 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, Ekstrom already offers plenty of arm speed through the backside and does an excellent job of remaining on time with his release, pounding the zone from a lower three-quarters release point. During his first outing in Arizona Ekstrom ran his fastball up to 89 mph and over the course of the tournament struck out 10 in seven innings, six of which came in the semi-finals. The changeup is the more advanced offering of the two secondaries the new Commodore recruit will show as he maintains well on his release, generating late diving life at the plate while the breaking ball, which he can land for strikes, will continue to develop into a quality offering. 

Outlook for the Class: Vanderbilt has assembled one of the top 2023 recruiting classes in the country already, far from a shock given their success on the recruiting trail over the last handful of years. Ekstrom, who checks in at No. 69 nationally in the latest rankings, joins Ethan Robinson and Brennan Seiber -another recent pull out of California for the coaching staff- as the three primary righthanders in the class which is already 10 players deep. The addition of the young SoCal righthander also gives the Commodores six players ranked within Perfect Game’s Top 100, giving them quite the start for a class that is still in its early stages. 

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