Wildcats Ink Nine Scholastic Players During Early Signing Period
Dec. 5, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - During the recent early signing period Villanova baseball head coach Joe Godri and his staff signed nine scholastic players to National Letters of Intent, each of whom are expected to enroll at Villanova in time for the Fall 2012 semester. The start of this year's recruiting class brings in one of the largest groups to sign during the early period in Godri's 11 years as head coach and the Wildcats have addressed every position on the field with a versatile group of players.
The nine players signed include two pitchers, four infielders, two outfielders and a catcher, although Godri noted that several players in the group have the ability to contribute at multiple positions on the field.
The recruiting class includes pitchers Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) and Luke Emling (Nottingham, Pa.); infielders Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas), Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.), Eric Lowe (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Emmanuel Morris (Willowbrook, Ill.); outfielders Nick Coutre (Libertyville, Ill.) and Mike Mecca (Ridgefield, N.J.); and catcher Bobby Slagle (Lafayette Hill, Pa.).
"In general I thought the recruiting effort that led us to these nine players was outstanding and I commend assistant coaches Jim Carone, Rod Johnson and Deron Spink for their hard work in making that effort possible," Godri said. "We had a blueprint in place by position and with this class we have filled every need that we anticipate having on the field."
Five different states are represented by the nine early signees, including three local players from Pennsylvania and three players from Illinois, an area that Godri and his staff have a long-standing connection to. Three other players come from Florida, New Jersey and Texas.
"We hit our major targets on the East Coast with four local players coming from Pennsylvania and New Jersey," Godri said. "We also got our top choices from the Chicago area with three players. It is worth noting that the program continues to attract high-level players from areas of the country with big-time high school and club baseball programs. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years we have signed someone from Florida and we have also now added five players from the Houston area in the last two years."
Below are profiles of each of the nine scholastic players who signed National Letters of Intent.
Tall power pitcher with an upper-80's fastball ... Can also contribute offensively and has tremendous power from the left side of the plate ... Plays for high school power Tampa Jesuit, the same school that produced former Villanova first baseman and San Diego Padres draft pick Jeremy Hunt ... Has played club ball for the East Coast Greys.
Outfielder who possesses great bat speed and pop from the left side of the plate ... Will be able to play all three outfield positions ... Member of the highly regarded Top Tier franchise in Chicago and is teammates with fellow recruit Eric Lowe.
Two-way player out of Southeastern Pennsylvania who will concentrate his efforts on the mound at Villanova ... Power pitcher with an upper-80's fastball along with a power breaking ball ... Played for All Star Baseball Academy and was a teammate of fellow recruit Bobby Slagle ... Mother is a Villanova graduate.
Comes to Villanova from the Houston area ... Can play multiple positions in the middle infield and center field ... Brings foot speed and another left-handed bat to the program ... Member of the Houston Heat and played with current Wildcats Pat Young, John Cialone and Brandon Clark.
Local product from West Chester who is a corner infielder ... Was regarded as a high profile recruit in the Northeast and had multiple offers from BIG EAST schools ... Very polished hitter in all aspects ... Has played for the Maple Zone Muckdawgs club team under former Villanova hitting coach Chris Madonna.
Right-handed hitter who is a slick fielder at the middle infield positions ... Comes from the Chicago area and will bring tremendous speed to the Wildcats offense ... Member of the highly regarded Top Tier franchise in Chicago and is teammates with fellow recruit Nick Coutre.
Extremely athletic outfielder coming out of national power Don Bosco Prep ... Has great range in the outfield to go along with a plus arm ... Played for the nationally known South Florida Bandits club team, as did current Villanova pitchers Max Almonte and Matt Longfield.
Super utility player who can play at a high level in the middle infield, center field and catcher ... Strong offensively and is also a sub-6.8 runner ... Comes from the same hometown as former Wildcat Chris Pack and played club ball under former major leaguer John Cangelosi.
High-profile catcher who had several Division I offers from big programs ... Possesses great catching skills with a plus arm behind the plate ... Left-handed hitter with power ... Teammates with fellow recruit Luke Emling while playing for All Star Baseball Academy ... Local product from Plymouth Meeting, home to the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth ... First recruit from Plymouth Whitemarsh since pitcher Ryan Wendler (2005-08).