Six Players Commit to Villanova During Early Signing Period
The four players to sign with Villanova during the early signing period come from four different states.
 
The four players to sign with Villanova during the early signing period come from four different states.
 

Dec. 2, 2009

VILLANOVA, Pa. - During the recent early signing period which ended on November 18, head coach Joe Godri signed six scholastic players to National Letters of Intent. The group of six recruits includes four position players and two pitchers. All six players are expected to enroll at Villanova in the fall of 2010.

"We were able to address all of our immediate needs with this signing class," Godri said. "The six players we signed during the early period are good students academically and outstanding athletes who have experience playing for some of the nation's top club teams."

In this year's early signing period, the Wildcats signed six players from six different states, including Arizona, California, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Godri cited the work of his assistant coaches, led by recruiting coordinator Jim Carone, in being able to expand the team's recruiting to the West Coast over the past year.

"Jim and assistant coaches Rod Johnson, Dave Miller and in the spring Chris Madonna worked very hard in bringing this class together," Godri said. "At the beginning of the year we sat down to identify our needs and develop a plan for the year. We were able to travel to some parts of the country we had not previously been to and it is unique to sign players that are all from different states."

Below are brief profiles of each of the players signed by Villanova.

Maximo Almonte (Holy Trinity HS / Long Beach, N.Y.)

  • Right-hander with the potential to become a power pitcher on the Villanova staff
  • Features a fastball with velocity in the upper 80's and also plays in the outfield at Holy Trinity
  • Played for the South Florida Bandits team during the summer of 2009
  • Has a deep repertoire and projects as either a starting pitcher or a reliever for the Wildcats

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    Michael Erb (Camarillo HS / Newbury Park, Calif.)

  • Highly recruited infielder capable of stepping into an immediate role at Villanova
  • Also considered a number of West Coast schools before committing to the Wildcats
  • Plays for the SoCal Cardinals Scout Team in the MLB Scout League in Southern California
  • Steady defensive second baseman with good offensive skills
  • Daniel Jaffe (Palo Verde HS / Las Vegas, Nev.)

  • Excellent all-around catcher with good defensive skills and a solid frame
  • Rated by the Villanova coaches among the top catchers seen during the past year of recruiting
  • Played for the Rocky Mountain Angels Elite team
  • Has the potential to make an immediate impact on the Villanova team
  • Connor Jones (Perry HS / Gilbert, Ariz.)

  • Shows power to all fields while playing in the outfield and at first base
  • Played for the Arizona Athletics in the 2009 Arizona Fall Classic
  • Selected as a "Player to Watch" by the East Valley Tribune as a junior
  • Hit .345 as a junior and led his high school team in RBI and slugging percentage
  • Matt Lengel (Haverford School / Haverford, Pa.)

  • One of the top high school arms in Pennsylvania
  • Played for the prestigious Baseball U organization in New Jersey
  • Big right-handed pitcher who gained notice late in the recruiting period
  • Potential MLB Draft prospect
  • Tyler Reich (Ocean City HS / Ocean City, N.J.)

  • Strong hitter who should develop into a power bat
  • Capable of adding power to the Villanova lineup right away
  • Can play the corner infield and outfield positions
  • Part of Villanova's recent success recruiting in South Jersey
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