Mazey Announces Addition of 11


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
November 19, 2013 03:25 PM
Randy Mazey
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey announced the signing of 11 student-athletes to national letters of intent on Tuesday. The signees will join Mazey’s squad next fall to prepare for the 2015 season.
 
“I feel like we had to outwork a lot of people to get the quality of players that we got and my guys did that,” Mazey says. “Coach (Derek) Matlock and coach (Steven) Trout are warriors, they’re on the road all of the time seeing these guys play and talking to them. They bring them to campus and coach (Daniel) Carte and myself get to meet them. It’s a team effort when you sign somebody and having this class in the Top 50 says a lot about where this program is and where it’s heading.”
 
The recruiting class ranks No. 48 according to Perfect Game, the highest a West Virginia recruiting class has ever been ranked. The class ranks No. 5 in the Big 12 behind TCU (No. 23), Texas (No. 29), Oklahoma State (No. 33) and Texas Tech (No. 45).
 
Ten of the 11 signees will join the team out of high school, including six from Texas, three from Ohio and one from New Jersey. The Mountaineers added one junior college prospect from Texas.
 
“We really feel like we did well in Ohio and of course Texas being Big 12 country. Those kids grew up as Big 12 fans and recognized what we did last year and the direction the program is heading with the new facility,” Mazey says. “We’re able to attract some pretty talented kids right now. I think when the stadium is actually complete, it will really help our recruiting and we can bang heads with the Top 10 schools in the nation.”
 
Coming from the high school ranks are pitchers Jake Danner (Gibbstown, N.J.), Conner Dotson (Flower Mound, Texas), Caleb Ferguson (West Jefferson, Ohio), Seth Jordan (Flower Mound, Texas), Connor McMann (Flower Mound, Texas) and BJ Myers (Flower Mound, Texas). Cole Carter (Allen, Texas), Tucker Cascadden (Houston, Texas), Kyle Casserly (Pickerington, Ohio) and Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) represent the position players, while Connor McMann (Flower Mound, Texas) will be a two-way player for the Mountaineers.
 
The Mountaineers’ junior college recruit is left-hander pitcher Greg Maisto (Southlake, Texas). Maisto spent last season redshirting at Texas A&M and is currently attending McLennan Community College.
 
Cole Carter, OF, 6-1, 185, Allen, Texas/Allen HS | Carter's Signing Day Graphic
  • Three-year starter for coach Paul Coe at Allen High
  • Batted .342 with three doubles, one triple, four home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2013
  • Struck out 11 on the mound with a 1-0 record and three saves in 7.2 innings pitched
  • Hit .323 in 2012 with four doubles, two triples and 13 RBIs
  • Helped 2013 team to Tri-District Championship, Bi-District Championship and District Championship
  • 2013 All-District 10-5A Second Team
  • Coached by Ross Elmore of the DFW Twins
  • Ranked No. 282 outfielder nationally, No. 184 player in Texas and No. 30 outfielder in Texas by Perfect Game
  • Star wide receiver on the football team that is currently ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps
  • Has 39 receptions for 712 yards and 11 touchdowns thus far in 2013, ranking No. 14 in the Dallas area
  • Recorded 39 receptions for 463 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012
  • Helped team to a Texas 5A State Championship in 2012 (football)
  • 2013 All-District 10-5A First Team (football)
  • 2012 All-District 10-5A Second Team (football)
  • Father, Mike, played offensive line at New Mexico
  • Brother, Tucker, currently plays quarterback at UTSA
Tucker Cascadden, SS, 5-9, 185, Houston, Texas/Lamar HS | Cascadden's Signing Day Graphic
  • Four-year starter for coach David Munoz at Lamar High
  • Batted .468 in 2013, while also recording a 0.50 earned-run average on the mound
  • Hit .325 with four home runs and 37 RBIs in 2011
  • 2013 Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star
  • 2013 All-Greater Houston Second Team
  • Two-time All-District 20-5A First Team (2012-13)
  • 2011 All-District 20-5A Second Team
  • Invited to the 2013 Sunbelt Classic
  • Coached by Vinny Sinisi and Tim Price of the Houston Heat
  • Ranked No. 240 shortstop nationally, No. 177 player in Texas and No. 27 shortstop in Texas by Perfect Game
Kyle Casserly, 1B/OF, 6-3, 190, Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central HS | Casserly's Signing Day Graphic
  • Four-year letterwinner for coach Andy Takos at Pickerington Central High
  • Batted .465 with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and 30 RBIs in 2013
  • Set school records for hits (47) in a season
  • Two-time Pickerington Central High Offensive Player of the Year (2012-13)
  • Two-time Columbus Dispatch All-Metro Special Mention (2012-13)
  • Two-time All-Ohio Capital Conference-Ohio Division First Team (2012-13)
  • 2013 All-Central District Division I First Team
  • 2012 All-Central District Division I Second Team
  • 2012 Pickerington Central High Most Valuable Player
  • Coached by Chris Valentine of the Ohio Elite
  • Ranked No. 270 outfielder nationally, No. 27 player in Ohio and No. 3 outfielder in Ohio by Perfect Game
  • Ranked No. 83 player overall and No. 14 player in Ohio by Prep Baseball Report
Jake Danner, RHP, 6-2, 170, Gibbstown, N.J./Gloucester County Institute of Technology | Danner's Signing Day Graphic
  • Three-year starter for coach John Marcucci at Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • Went 3-4 with a 2.94 earned-run average and one complete game shutout in nine starts
  • Struck out 54 batters in 47.2 innings pitched with an opponent batting average of .194
  • Batted .373 in 21 games with 15 runs, nine doubles, one triple and 15 RBIs
  • Helped team win the 2013 state, regional and district championships
  • Went 7-1 on the mound in 2012, leading team to a state championship appearance
  • 2013 All-South Jersey Third Team
  • 2012 All-New Jersey Group 2 Third Team
  • 2013 Carpenter Cup selection
  • Coached by Mike Manning of All Star Baseball Academy
  • Ranked No. 539 right-handed pitcher nationally, No. 164 player in Texas and No. 64 right-handed pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game
Conner Dotson, RHP, 6-4, 200, Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus HS | Dotson's Signing Day Graphic
  • Two-year starter for coach Jeff Sherman at Marcus High
  • Finished 6-1 with a 1.19 earned-run average before a season-ending injury in 2013
  • Also recorded 78 strikeouts in 53.0 innings
  • Ranked No. 5 in strikeouts and No. 17 in earned-run average in the Dallas Area
  • Struck out 15 batters twice, including a no-hitter against Denton Ryan
  • 2013 All-District 5-5A First Team
  • Coached by Barry Rose of DBat
  • Ranked No. 539 right-handed pitcher nationally, No. 164 player in Texas and No. 64 right-handed pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game
Caleb Ferguson, LHP, 6-4, 210, West Jefferson, Ohio/West Jefferson HS | Ferguson's Signing Day Graphic
  • Two-year starter for coach Jason Bogenrife at West Jefferson High
  • Went 3-3 with a 2.13 earned-run average in 2013
  • Struck out 66 batters in 38.1 innings pitched, allowing just nine runs
  • Named All-Mid-State League Cardinal Division Second Team in 2013
  • Coached by Ron Slusher of the Ohio Warhawks and Brian Hopkins of the Midwest Redbirds
  • Ranked No. 77 left-handed pitcher nationally, No. 16 player in Ohio and No. 3 left-handed pitcher in Ohio by Perfect Game
  • 2013 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American
  • Ranked No. 173 player overall and No. 19 player in Ohio by Prep Baseball Report
  • Brother, Kyle, plays football at Urbana University
Seth Jordan, LHP, 6-3, 195, Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound HS | Jordan's Signing Day Graphic
  • Three-year starter for coach Danny Wallace at Flower Mound High
  • Has a combined three-year record of 14-3 and a 1.67 earned-run average
  • Has recorded 118 career strikeouts in 121.0 innings pitched
  • Went 9-0 with a 1.11 earned-run average in 2013, striking out 69 in 69.0 innings pitched
  • Registered nine complete games, two shutouts and two one-hitters in 2013
  • Tied Flower Mound High record for lowest earned-run average in a season in 2013
  • Earned VYPE Player of the Week and Dallas Morning News Friday Standout honors after throwing a complete game four-hitter against Flower Mound Marcus
  • 2013 Texas Sports Writers Association All-Class 5A Honorable Mention
  • 2013 All-District 5-5A First Team
  • Invited to the 2013 Sunbelt Classic
  • 2011 All-District 5A-5 Honorable Mention
  • 2011 Team Character Counts Award
  • Coached by Tommy Hernandez of the Dallas Tigers
  • Ranked No. 128 left-handed pitcher nationally, No. 150 player in Texas and No. 16 left-handed pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game
Greg Maisto, LHP, 6-1, 180, Southlake, Texas/McLennan CC | Maisto's Signing Day Graphic
  • Entering first season at McLennan Community College under coach Mitch Thompson
  • Redshirted the 2013 season at Texas A&M
  • Played for coach Larry Hughes and Larry Vucan at Carroll High
  • Went 11-1 with a 1.46 earned-run average and 113 strikeouts in 76.0 innings in 2012
  • Threw four one-hitters his senior season, including one in both the third and fifth rounds of playoffs
  • 2012 All-District 5A-7 First Team
  • 2012 Dallas Morning News All-Area Third Team
  • Played in the 2012 North Texas High School Coaches All-Star Game
  • Coached by Logan Harrington of the Dallas Spikes
Connor McMann, RHP/1B, 6-2, 195, Flower Mound, Texas/Liberty Christian HS | McMann's Signing Day Graphic
  • Four-year starter for coach Johnny Isom at Liberty Christian High
  • Went 6-1 with one save and a 2.90 earned-run average in 12 appearance
  • Struck out 55 batters in 48.1 innings pitched with an opponent batting average of .209
  • Batted .408 in 28 games with 17 runs, nine doubles, two home runs and 25 RBIs
  • Helped team win the 2013 state, regional and district championships
  • 2013 TAPPS All-State Class 5A First Team
  • 2013 All-State Tournament Team selection
  • 2013 District 1-5A Pitcher of the Year
  • 2013 All-District 1-5A First Team
  • 2013 Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Class 5A Honorable Mention
  • 2013 All-District 5-5A First Team
  • 2012 All-District 1-5A Second Team
  • Coached by Brandon Sherard of the Dallas Patriots
  • 2013 Perfect Game Preseason High Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2012 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American
  • Ranked No. 204 right-handed pitcher nationally, No. 62 player in Texas and No. 22 right-handed pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game
BJ Myers, RHP, 6-1, 190, Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound HS | Myers' Signing Day Graphic
  • Two-year starter for coach Danny Wallace at Flower Mound High
  • Went 6-2 in 12 starts with a 1.86 earned-run average in 2013
  • Struck out 63 batters in 49.0 innings pitched with one shutout
  • 2013 All-District 5-5A First Team
  • Coached by Ryan Bonesio and Barry Rose of DBat and Craig Rose of Midwest Warducks and ABD Texas
  • 2013 Perfect Game Preseason High Honorable Mention All-American
  • Ranked No. 397 nationally, No. 134 right-handed pitcher nationally, No. 38 player in Texas and No. 16 right-handed pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game
Caleb Potter, OF/3B, 6-3, 210, Mentor, Ohio/Mentor HS | Potter's Signing Day Graphic
  • Three-year starter for coach Len Taylor at Mentor High
  • 2013 News-Herald Honorable Mention All-Star
  • 2013 ESPNHS Ohio Top 10 Baseball Player
  • 2013 Perfect Game National selection
  • 2013 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars selection
  • 2013 Lake Country All-Star Baseball Club member
  • Two-time All-Northeast District Division I First Team (2012-13)
  • Two-time All-Northeast Ohio Conference-Valley Division First Team (2012-13)
  • Two-time East Coast Pro Baseball selection (2012-13)
  • 2012 ESPNHS Ohio All-State Baseball
  • Coached by Chris Valentine of Ohio Elite and Ed Konopka of T3 Rays
  • 2013 Perfect Game Preseason Third Team All-American
  • Ranked No. 277 nationally, No. 60 outfielder pitcher nationally, No. 6 player in Ohio and No. 2 outfielder in Ohio by Perfect Game
  • Ranked No. 122 player overall and No. 21 player in Ohio by Prep Baseball Report
  • Star guard/forward on the basketball team, leading the team to a Ohio Division I State Championship in 2013
  • Top scorer in the championship game with 24 points
  • 2013 All-State Tournament Team (basketball)
  • Two-time All-Northeast District Division I First Team (2012-13) (basketball)
  • Two-time All-Northeast Ohio Conference-Valley Division First Team (2012-13) (basketball)



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