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College  | Recruiting  | 11/14/2022

Head of the Class: No. 1 Arkansas

Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Aidan Miller (Perfect Game)
2023 Recruiting Class Rankings | 2023 High School Player Rankings

1. Arkansas Razorbacks

Full 2023 Recruiting Class
Head Coach: 
Dave Van Horn | Recruiting Coordinator: Nate Thompson

Top 5 Recruits:

Rank Name Pos. High School Hometown State
Aidan Miller 3B JW Mitchell Trinity Florida
30 Dylan Questad RHP Waterford Waterford Wisconsin
33 Ryder Helfrick C Clayton Valley Discovery Bay California
40  Gabe Gaeckle RHP Aptos Aptos California
42 Barrett Kent RHP Pottsboro Pottsboro Texas

It isn't hard to take an educated guess and say this is one of the best, if not the best, recruiting class assembled in the last dozen years on paper, as the class features 12 prospects ranked in the top-100, six of whom are top-50 and six heard their names called with the release of the Perfect Game All-American rosters this past summer. The class sits at 19 players right now from the prep ranks, and the Razorbacks are known to pick up some impactful JUCO pieces as well, so Head Coach Dave Van Horn and his staff will have an influx of high-end talent come next fall, though that's really nothing new in Fayetteville.

As always, there's no guarantee in everybody showing up on campus given the nature of the MLB Draft and a player's ability to sign out of high school unlike the other major sports, but given the sheer depth of this group, you can't help but be hopeful if you're a Razorback fan. 

A pair of signees took home some of the biggest hardware from the 2022 Perfect Game All-American Classic this summer as top-ranked recruit Aidan Miller was tabbed as the Jackie Robinson National Player of the Year, while Ryder Helfrick's in-game performance helped him capture MVP honors of the prestigious event. Miller cemented himself as one of the top preps in this year's class with a consistent level of play across the board at all the major events, showing an excellent combo of bat speed and strength, which pairs well with an innate barrel feel and athletic actions at the hot corner. Like Miller, Helfrick packs a punch in his right-handed swing and has routinely proven his ability to square up high-level pitching, while his athleticism allows for versatility on defense, an always-coveted aspect of a player's game. 

Shortstops Walker Martin and Nolan Souza, alongside, third baseman Nazzan Zanetello, catcher Ty Waid and center fielder Kendall George, all continued to elevate their status throughout the summer or fall circuits. Of this crop though, none enjoyed a louder fall than Waid, a physically-built right-handed stick who checks in as the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Arkansas thanks to his top-of-the-class power, and its proven ability to play at the highest of levels with a couple of long home runs at premier events. Martin, Souza and Zanetello bring an invaluable depth to the dirt with plenty of twitch to their overall profiles and levels of athleticism that'll allow them to vie for an impact role immediately. Add in that George is one of the fastest players in the country with a prototypical top-of-the-order skill set, and this class proves to truly have a little bit of everything.

The arms in this class who've inked their NLIs are just as impressive as the bats and make up more than half the class, with 10 of the 19 signees calling the mound their home. Right-handers Dylan Questad, Gabe Gaeckle and Barrett Kent were all members of the West team in the PGAAC and offer a nice mix of present stuff in their arsenal and pitchability to keep hitters off balance and pick up strikeouts by the handful, with Questad leading the way at No. 30 overall. Each of the arms in the aforementioned trio have bumped at least 96 mph with their fastballs and Adam Hachman's arm is just as electric as them all, only he does it from the left side with high-end metrics on everything that leaves his hand. 

The depth of the class cannot be understated, and while there will be more than a couple names potentially lost to the draft, this class should still stand tall come next fall with whomever arrives on campus.