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College  | Recruiting  | 11/17/2023

Head of the Class: No. 2 Tennessee

Jheremy Brown     
No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers

Full 2024 Recruiting Class

Head Coach: Tony Vitello | Recruiting Coordinator: Josh Elander
Total Commitments: 23 | Top 100 Commits: 9

Top 5 Recruits

RK Name Pos.  HT  WT B-T High School Hometown ST
22 Ty Southisene SS 5-9 160 R-R Basic Las Vegas  NV
24 Anson Seibert RHP 6-8 220 R-R Blue Valley Southwest Overland Park KS
29 Tegan Kuhns RHP 6-3 177 S-R Gettysburg Area Gettysburg PA
47 Levi Clark C 6-2 195 R-R Walton Marietta GA
50 Trey Snyder SS 6-2 167 R-R Liberty North Kearney MO

If you put all the names from this past year’s PG All American Classic on a dart board and threw a dart, there’s a solid chance you’d land on a Volunteer signee as Head Coach Tony Vitello and his staff have 6 players who suited up at Chase set to join the club next fall. That many high profile names, along with the several they have committed who just missed, means the MLB Draft will certainly be at play (as with the top end of any recruiting class) and whether they get hit hard or not, the Vols have outstanding depth throughout this class. 

They say go commit all the shortstops as they’re typically the best athletes on the field and that’s something that holds true in this class as it’s led by Nevada’s own Ty Southisene who has the talent and moxie to make an impact from day one. A fluid mover and sure handed defender, Southisene leads the way for a middle infield crop that includes the likes of Trey Snyder, Arnold Abernathy, Chris Newstrom and Manuelle Marin, all primary shortstops ranked within the nation’s top 125 prospect and paint a picture of what the dirt in Knoxville could look like for the next few years. That many shortstops may seem like a bunch, but when you actually look at their profiles and factor in their athleticism and versatility, there’s plenty of reps to be had around the field given their defensive flexibility, never mind what they all bring to the dish as well. 

If you like offense, just know there’s no slowing as you look up and down Vitello’s commitment list as catcher Levi Clark is as gifted with the bat in his hands as he is behind the plate, making him one of the top catchers in the entire country and an invaluable piece to this crop. Outfielders Jaxon Walker and Lucas Ramirez bring some serious thump to the group as both have delivered in big spots throughout their amateur careers, possessing very real left-handed juice while Walker is amongst the fastest players in America. 

We hit on the defense and what the offense could look like, so how about some arms? A potential 1-2 punch of Anson Seibert and Tegan Kuhns is a scary proposition for SEC clubs looking into the future as Seibert is one of the top arms in the country with a heater that’ll approach the upper-90s from a 6-foot-8 frame and easy release while mixing a late biting slider in the low-80s. In terms of spin, not many can spin a baseball better than Kuhns while fellow PG All-American Brayden Krenzel offers an intriguing mix of present stuff and upside, running the fastball up to 94 mph with a potential plus changeup. And lets not forget about Tate Strickland who has already been up to 97 mph or southpaw Ryler Smart who shows big stuff of his own from a 6-foot-4 frame. 

In total, this recruiting class is made up of 13 different states and while that shows their reach across the country, they also have 6 players from the Volunteer State, led by Walker who checks in No. 2 in the state. There’s a nice mix of position guys and arms, as well as depth as you might expect from a 23-man class, though we’ve come to expect nothing less than top ranked classes out of Knoxville since Vitello and his staff took over.