TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003
Baseball Inks Seven to National Letter of Intent
Nov. 25, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University baseball program inked seven players to national letters of intent, head coach Terry Alexander announced Monday. RHP Tim Brown (Jacksonville, Fla.), RHP Matt Davis (Fernandina Beach, Fla.), 1B/LHP Matt Dobbins (Orlando, Fla.), RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville, Fla.), RHP John Locklear (Winter Park, Fla.), OF Dan Maier (Coral Springs, Fla.) and RHP Brock Schnabel (Winter Haven, Fla.) round out the early signees of coach Alexander's 2005 recruiting class.
"We are extremely excited with this group of student-athletes," coach Alexander said on Monday. "We have five strong pitchers and two excellent hitters in what may be one of our strongest recruiting classes yet."
Tim Brown, a 6-1, 180 lb. right-hander was a starter with Providence High School, the 2003 Florida State Champions. Brown posted a perfect 12-0 record with a 1.31 ERA and 48 strikeouts in earning first-team all-state and first-team all-city honors. He earned final-four all-tournament team accolades after pitching Providence to a win in the state final game. For his senior season, Brown returns to Eagle's View High School where he played as a sophomore, earning a 7-4 record.
"We went after Tim early and feel very fortunate to have him on the team," said Alexander. "He has a strong arm and we believe he can contribute very early in his career." Matt Davis, a 6-0, 175 lb. right-hander is a three-year starter at Fernandina Beach High School for coach Ken Roland, compiling a 10-2 record and a 1.56 ERA as a junior, while striking out 89 batters in 83 innings of work.
"We are very excited that he has chosen to play his collegiate ball at JU," said Alexander. "He has command of three pitches and throws between 88-92 mph with a power breaking ball."
Davis was named Nassau County Player of the Year and earned Florida Times-Union All-First Coast and first-team all-state honors, while winning numerous team awards, including rookie of the year, pitcher of the year, and most valuable player. As a junior, Davis pitched Fernandina Beach to a regional championship and a state finals appearance, while also hitting .398 with eight home runs and 31 RBI.
Matt Dobbins, a 6-3, 190 lb. first baseman and left-handed pitcher is a three-year letterwinner at Lake Brantley High School for coach Mike Smith, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. As a junior, Dobbins hit .381 and posted a 6-1 record on the mound, earning first-team all-conference accolades and two all-tournament team honors during the season. As a sophomore, Dobbins hit .351 and won a regional championship with the Patriots after which he earned second-team all-conference honors. Dobbins also played AAU ball with the Orlando Storm, winning the state and national championship in 2000, and earning AAU All-Tournament Team honors in 1998 and 1999.
"Offensively, Matt has a great approach to the game," said Alexander. "He is a knowledgeable hitter and has command of three pitches on the mound. We expect him to make a smooth transition from high school to college and he could see early action hitting in the middle of the lineup."
Neal Frontz, a 6-3, 200 lb. right-hander has two years of collegiate experience, pitching for Florida College last season. As a freshman, Frontz was a starter for Daytona Beach CC, helping them to a 33-12 record, while as a sophomore, Frontz pitched for 19-11 Florida College. A product of Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, Frontz was a three-year starter in high school, qualifying for district, regional and state tournaments with the Conquerors.
"Neal is a strong righty who throws in the low 90s with a power breaking ball," said Alexander. "He underwent Tommy John surgery a few years ago and returned better than new."
John Locklear, a 6-1, 178 lb. right-hander is a three-year letterwinner at Winter Park High School for coach Bob King, compiling a 17-4 career record with the Wildcats. As a junior, Locklear posted a 9-3 record and a 2.56 ERA and earned first team all-county honors after the 21-10-1 Wildcats lost in the regional championship. Locklear also batted .309 with a team-high 24 RBI, leading the team in doubles and triples.
"John comes from the same high school as former Dolphin pitcher Brian Williams," said Alexander. "John reminds me a lot of Brian, with his high level of command and the ability to throw in the upper 80s. He doesn't walk hitters and has the confidence to play early." Dan Maier, a 6-1, 200 lb. outfielder is a three-year letterwinner at Coral Springs High School for coaches Frank Bombalis, Mike Federman and Howard Kotin. Maier earned all-county honorable mention honors as a sophomore and junior after batting .375 with two home runs and 18 RBI as a sophomore, and hitting .300 with one home run and 23 RBI as a junior.
"Dan has the potential to be an outstanding college hitter," said Alexander. "He is a very strong player with the opportunity to develop major league power."
Brock Schnabel, a 6-4, 200 lb. right-hander is a three-year starting pitcher and first baseman at Lake Region High School for coach Bill Bullock, earning first-team all-county and all-area honorable mention honors as a junior. This summer, Schnabel played for the Lake Region Yankees, leading the team in home runs, doubles and triples, while batting .480 and earning MVP honors as a pitcher at the Firecracker Tournament.
"Brock is a long, lean, hard-throwing righty," said Alexander. "He can pitch in the low 90s and has a hard breaking ball and good command on the mound. Once he puts on 10-15 pounds, the sky is the limit."
Coach Alexander and the 2003 A-Sun Tournament champion Dolphins open the 2004 season at Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1:00 p.m.