Vols Recruiting Class Ranked 14th Nationally

Sept. 20, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Welcoming 20 newcomers to Rocky Top this season, Tennessee baseball head coach Dave Serrano and his staff have landed the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Of the 20 new Vols brought in this fall, five were drafted by professional baseball last June, including three pitchers. The group includes 12 freshmen and eight junior college transfers.

"Our entire coaching staff did a wonderful job of recognizing and finding players that fit our needs as we continue to develop this program," said Serrano. "This class is filled with power bats, great athletes and some much-needed power arms. Those power arms will add nicely to the returners from last year's squad and give us the makings of a good, deep and quality pitching staff.

"The additional offensive firepower, speed and pure athleticism the rest of the players in this class provide will give us a very well-rounded team with great depth. We are extremely excited about this group of young men and feel that they will play a big role in helping us keep this program moving in a positive direction."

Newcomers donning the Orange and White this fall will be freshmen Jordan Rodgers, Kyle Serrano, Nick Senzel, Nathaniel Maggio, Jammer Strickland, Andrew Plunkett, Campbell Scholl, Hunter Martin, Eric Freeman, Quint Robinson, Brett Martin and Forrest Bramlett, and juco players Tyler Schultz, Peter Lenstrohm, Johnny Youngblood, Bret Marks, Josh Peterson, Zac Grotz, Tei Vanderford and Chaz Vesser.

For more information on the Vols’ fall roster, visit UTSports.com/baseball.

The new-look Vols will hold their first official fall practice on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 11 a.m. All practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public. For more information, check out this week’s practice slate, which includes a pitching schedule here.

The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranked the top 40 classes based upon the players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially sign letters of intent, but then sign a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation. Below is a complete list of the top 40 classes.

1. Florida
2. Mississippi St.
3. Florida St.
4. Miami (Fla.)
5. Oklahoma St.
6. Texas
7. Cal. St. Fullerton
8. Stanford
9. Oregon
10. LSU
11. South Carolina
12. Ole Miss
13. N.C. State
15. Texas A&M
16. UCLA
17. North Carolina
18. Arizona
19. Oklahoma
20. Michigan
21. Rice
22. Virginia
23. Vanderbilt
24. Oregon St.
25. Arizona St.
26. Nebraska
27. Texas Tech.
28. TCU
29. South Alabama
30. California
31. U.C. Santa Barbara
32. Clemson
33. Arkansas
T-34. San Diego
T-34. Loyola Marymount
35. Georgia Tech.
36. Georgia
37. Louisville
38. East Carolina
39. Central Florida
40. Kent St.





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