Sept. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - All of the hard work the Tulane baseball coaching staff has put together over the last few years to secure a solid recruiting class for the 2014 season has earned tremendous recognition, as Perfect Game ranked Tulane's 2013 class as the 23rd best in the NCAA.
Rankings were determined by doling out points for each incoming freshman based on their individual national ranking. Tulane earned a total of 52 points for their 14-man freshmen signing class, ranking them just under the ACC's Clemson and Virginia and putting them ahead of the Big-12's Nebraska and Texas.
Many of Tulane's incoming players were recognized for their talents by being placed high in the individual rankings by the web site. Perfect Game ranked middle infielder Stephen Alemais as the 71st best prospect in the nation, while infielder Hunter Hope (205th), catcher Jake Rogers (311th), outfielder Lex Kaplan (425th) and catcher Barry Buchowski (493rd) all ranked in the top 500.
In addition to those five, right-handed pitchers Matt Horton and Corey Merrill were right on the cusp of the top-500 players in the nation while infielder Jake Willsey, right-handed pitcher Andrew Culp, right-handed pitcher Zach Flowers, right-handed pitcher J.P. France, right-handed pitcher Tyler Zamjahn, left-handed pitcher Sam Bjorngjeld and outfielder Grant Brown all earned high marks from Perfect Game.
The Perfect Game ranking only accounts for high school recruits. Therefore, the additions of junior college transfers Garrett Deschamp and Tyler Wilson, as well as transfers Troy Ward and John Gandolfo do not factor into Tulane's team ranking.
Jones and his staff of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jake Gautreau, associate head coach Chad Sutter and assistant coach Shooter Hunt scoured the country for some of the nation's top talent. The 2013 Tulane recruiting class is especially important, as they will be required to fill the many holes left vacated by the 2013 senior class.
Perfect Game ranked Tulane's 2012 class as 81st in the NCAA, giving the Green Wave a 53-spot jump from 2012 to 2013. Perfect Game also ranked the 2011 class as the 58th best.
"It's always very nice to see the recognition," said Gautreau. "Our staff has put in a lot of hard work over the last two years on this class. This is a class that we knew would have to be a large class because we had to fill a lot of needs. We did a good job of bringing in some very talented players, but we also gave ourselves some options with depth with this class. This was accomplished with the efforts from everyone on the staff, and this is a class we are very excited about."
Tulane's placement on the exclusive list marks the second highest of any Conference USA squad, with only Florida International's eighth-ranked class coming in higher. Of the top-25, nine schools were from the SEC, six were from the ACC, four were from the Big 12, three were from the Pac-12, two were from Conference USA and one was from the American Athletic Conference, the future home of Tulane athletics.
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