Baseball's 2006 recruiting class ranks nationally

Sept. 28, 2006


Collegiate Baseball 2006 Top 40 Recruiting Classes
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* Early Signee Release

* Chris Rusler Release

After reaching the NCAA Regionals in 2006 with hard work on the field, the Dolphin baseball team earned national recognition for their hard work off the field, as the 2006 recruiting class was ranked 38th in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 poll.

A two-headed monster, the recruiting structure at JU has recruiting coordinator Tim Montez searching for talent across the country while assistant coach Chris Hayes handles recruiting within the state of Florida. After spending his previous 13 years as a recruiting coordinator at Fresno State, Arkansas, Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara, Montez now has 10 recruiting classes which have earned national recognition.

"We are happy with our 2006 class and we are expecting our 2007 class to be ranked even higher," said head coach Terry Alexander. "This was a collaborated effort by everyone on the staff and within the athletic department. I especially want to recognize Chris Hayes for all of the hard work he did bringing in Florida kids this year."

Among the recruits which ranked in the Top 40 for the Dolphins are local products RHP Carson Andrew and shortstop Chuck Opachich of Episcopal High School, Glenn Witkowski (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), shortstop/RHP Matt Gardner (Livermore, Calif.), catcher Alex Swenson (Alexandria, Va.), RHP Jason Hooper (Lake Mills, Wis.) and RHP Chris Rusler (Norman, Okla.).

The recruiting class recognition is the latest honor to top off one of the best seasons in school history. Among the accomplishments in 2006, the Dolphins earned their first Atlantic Sun Conference title, reached the NCAA Regionals for the 11th time in program history, tied the second most wins all-time (43), pitcher Matt Dobbins earned All-America honors and head coach Terry Alexander reached 500 career wins and was named A-Sun Coach of the Year.