Baseball’s 2010 recruiting class gets national recognition
For the fifth straight season, a JU baseball recruiting class has earned national recognition as the Dolphins were selected No. 45 in the 2010 Collegiate Baseball Top 40 poll.

After being ranked in the top 40 in 2006 & 2007, JU has earned honorable mention honors for the third straight year by Collegiate Baseball. Associate head coach Tim Montez, who spent 15 years as a recruiting coordinator at Fresno State, Arkansas, Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara, has now been involved with 13 recruiting classes that have earned national recognition.

“This is a tremendous honor for our program and our University,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Anytime you are mentioned among the top 50 programs in the country, it’s a huge feather in our cap. Coach Montez, along with assistant coach Tommy Murphy, put in a lot of hours on the road and we are extremely happy with the quality of athlete we have brought in both on and off the field. This group truly compliments last year’s class which was led by Freshmen All-America selections Adam Brett Walker and Dan Gulbransen.

“Recruiting is a team effort - from our admissions and housing offices, to our professors, our administration, along with our coaching staff. We truly appreciate all the hard work from everyone involved.”

Among the highlighted recruits for the Dolphins is national ranked shortstop Taylor Ratliff (Perry, Fla.), local product Tony Mollica (LHP, Mandarin) and state of Minnesota/Gatorade “Player of the Year” RHP Chris Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.).

Other signees making up the 2010 class are local products Zack Houck (LHP/OF, Eagles View Academy), Clayton Levins (LHP, Paxon), Chris Moye (IF, University Christian) and Michael Parker (1B, University Christian) along with C Patrick Long (McDonough, Ga.), LHP Will Flor (Bloomington, Minn.) and RHP Adam Maxon (Oviedo, Fla.).