Collegiate Baseball ranks Gamecocks' class No. 10

GoGamecocks staff reportsSeptember 25, 2012 

USC's Max Schrock runs through drills during the first practice of the fall.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

South Carolina baseball’s recruiting class is the 10th-best in the nation, Collegiate Baseball announced Tuesday.

This year’s class features 15 newcomers.

“We are excited about our newcomers,” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. “It's a balanced class made up of four junior college players and 11 high school standouts.

"We feel like (Jack) Wynkoop and (Curt) Britt gives us two elite arms that will be ready to pitch in big moments right away. Max Schrock, according to many professional scouts, was one of the best high school hitters that chose to attend school. Also a polished defender, he will factor in from day one. In (George) Iskenderian and (DC) Arendas, we feel that we have polished baseball players that will push for playing time immediately. (Ryan) Ripken, a 20th rounder, had a great summer in a collegiate summer league. A polished defender, Ryan will compete for our first base job. Our JC signees, (Graham) Saiko and (Zack) Smith, will help us offensively from day one. We feel really good about the depth, versatility and experience of our class.”

2012 GAMECOCK BASEBALL NEWCOMERS

PlayerPos.Hometown (Previous School)
DC ArendasINFGreensboro, N.C. (Northern Guilford HS)
Curt BrittRHP/1BLaurinburg, N.C. (Scotland HS)
Austin HillRHPColumbia, S.C. (Spring Valley HS)
George IskenderianINFEnglewood Cliffs, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep)
Tyler JacksonRHPPiedmont, S.C. (Wren HS)
Ray MurphyC/OFLexington, S.C. (White Knoll HS)
Kris NelsonRHPFlorence, S.C. (Florence-Darlington Tech)
Anthony PaulsenOFColumbia, S.C. (Spring Valley HS)
Weber PikeC/UTILBeaufort, S.C. (Beaufort HS)
Ryan Ripken1BBaltimore, Md. (Gilman School)
Graham SaikoINFNewburgh, Ind. (Tallahassee CC)
Max SchrockINFChapel Hill, N.C. (Cardinal Gibbons HS)
Zack SmithOF/1BSumter, S.C. (USC Sumter)
Cameron TewksburyLHPOkeechobee, Fla. (Tallahassee CC)
Jack WynkoopLHPVirginia Beach, Va. (Cape Henry Collegiate School)

2012 NCAA DIVISION I RECRUITING RANKINGS

By Collegiate Baseball

1. Vanderbilt
2. UCLA
3. Arizona State
4. LSU
5. Clemson
6. Stanford
7. Florida
8. North Carolina
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. South Carolina
11. Kentucky
12. TCU
13. Texas A&M
14. Georgia
15. Texas
16. Alabama
17. Cal State Fullerton
18. UC Santa Barbara
19. Florida State
20. Fresno State
21. Arizona
22. Auburn
23. Oregon
24. Southern California
25. California
26. Arkansas
27. Rice
28. Georgia Tech
29. Stetson
30. Missouri State
31. Oklahoma
32. Virginia
33. East Carolina
34. Oregon State
35. Louisville
36. Houston
37. Mississippi State
38. Kennesaw State
39. Ole Miss
40. Central Florida

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