Dec. 3, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - During the recent early signing period, Villanova signed five players to National Letters of Intent and all are expected to enroll in the University for the 2011-12 academic year, it was announced by head coach Joe Godri today. The group of five players includes four pitchers and an infielder as the Wildcats addressed a number of immediate needs with the beginning of its recruiting class for next year.
"I am very happy with the group we have assembled," Godri said. "I can't say enough how great a job the assistant coaches have done throughout the whole recruiting process and especially in terms of filling what we anticipate some of the team's needs to be."
Two local products are among the five signees, including left-handed pitcher Jeff Courter (Maple Glen, Pa.) and shortstop B.J. Bochicchio (Moosic, Pa.). In addition, the team continued its tradition of recruiting well in the Chicago area and signed left-handed pitcher Josh Harris (Streamwood, Ill.) as well as right-hander Tyler Radtke (Buffalo Grove, Ill.). The final signee is Josean Lazaro (Guaynabo, P.R.) out of Puerto Rico, a right-handed pitcher who can also play in the outfield.
"Over the last two years I have been excited by the number of pro-level arms we have brought in to the program," Godri said. "Villanova has done an excellent job of producing pitchers that go on to have success professionally and that tradition should only continue in the coming years. The addition of a player like B.J. will also help us in the infield as we anticipate a large graduating class of infielders a couple of years down the road."
Below is additional information on each of the five signees.
Riverside High School
Godri on Bochicchio: "B.J. is one of the top position players in the Northeast region and has played for the Baseball U AAU team, a top club team which had a fifth place finish at the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships. He is an athletic guy who plays his position well, has good foot speed and shows power potential at the plate."
Maple Glen, Pa.
Archbishop Wood High School
Godri on Courter: "As a junior last season Jeff was the top pitcher in the Philadelphia Catholic League. His team was among the best in Southeastern Pennsylvania and we think he is going to be one of the top pitchers in the state as a senior this spring. Jeff is very much in the mold of [current Villanova junior] Kyle Helisek. He has a long body and can throw three pitches for strikes consistently."
Streamwood High School
Godri on Harris: "Josh is a power left-handed pitcher similar to [current Villanova senior] Mike Francisco. He has the potential to develop as a starting pitcher or as our future closer. We felt that Josh and Tyler Radtke were the top two pitchers we saw coming out of the state of Illinois and both were highly recruited in the Midwest. We are thrilled to have them both joining our program."
Right-Handed Pitcher / Outfield
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
North Broward Prep
Godri on Lazaro: "Josean is the third player I have recruited from Puerto Rico and last season he played locally at the Perkiomen School (Pennsburg, Pa.). As a pitcher, Josean throws with excellent velocity between 88-91 and as a position player he is a very good outfielder. He will join the long line of players at Villanova who have had a chance to make contributions to the team both as a pitcher and a position player."
Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Stevenson High School
Godri on Radtke: "Tyler and [fellow signee] Josh Harris were the top two pitchers we saw from Illinois and I am excited to have both of them coming to Villanova. Tyler is a big right-handed pitcher with power and we think he can make an immediate impact on the ball club. He played for the Top Tier club team which won the 17U CABA World Series title in each of the last two years [2009, 2010]."