FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006
Baseball inks nine during early signing period

Nov. 17, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The JU baseball team announced the signing of nine student-athletes during the early signing period, including local product Steven Eagerton, as announced Friday by the Dolphin coaching staff.

Eagerton joins RHP Sean Green (Chesterton, Ind.), RHP Matt Loosen (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), LHP Matt Tomshaw (Kingston, N.Y.), OF Chris Connelly (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), OF Thomas Myers (Lakewood, Colo.), INF Glen Johnson (Hobe Sound, Fla.), INF Ben Henderson (Albany, N.Y.) and INF James Warren (Carmel, Calif.) in 2007.

"On paper, this recruiting class is as good as any that we have had under my tenure as head coach," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We have a solid mix of pitchers and position players who are not only good on the field, but are solid student-athletes in the classroom. This has been a team effort from the administration down to my coaching staff.

"I would like to commend recruiting coordinator Tim Montez and recruiter Chris Hayes for all of their time and hard work they put into assembling this class. Montez has told me that this class has a chance to be as good as any that he helped recruit at Fresno State and each of those classes was ranked in the top 20 in the country."

The signees marked the second recruiting class under Montez, who now has 10 nationally ranked recruiting classes in 13 years as a recruiting coordinator. His first recruiting class with JU was ranked 38th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.

Eagerton (6-2, 205), currently a senior at Eagles View Academy High School, earned third team all- state and first team all-conference honors after going 9-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 61 innings. Academically, he is ranked No. 1 in his graduating class.

"Steven is a local product and is widely considered the best right-handed pitcher in the area," said Montez. "His fastball has been clocked from 87-91 mph and he should compete for significant time as a freshman. He will be a potential MLB draft pick in June."

Green (6-6, 190), currently a senior at Chesterton High School, is another prospect the coaching staff believes will make an immediate impact as a freshman and has a possibility to be drafted in the top 15 rounds of the June draft.

"Sean is a tall, lanky guy with a tremendous upside," Montez said. "His fastball is in the 88-92 mph range with a tremendous two-seam sinker and a sharp slider. He is a solid student and we are looking for him to compete as a weekend starter during his career at JU."

Loosen (6-2, 195), a senior at Chaminade High School, is considered one of the top right-handed pitchers in the state of New York and will compete as a starter in the rotation or as the squad's closer.

"Matt is a fierce competitor who goes right after you," Montez said. "He attacks the zone with an 87- 92 mph fastball and a power slider. He is also a solid student and has a strong work ethic."

Tomshaw (6-1, 185), a senior at Kingston High School, was named player of the year and first team all-conference as a junior after allowing only 21 hits and striking out 71 batters in 47 innings. At the plate, he batted .412 with two home runs, 13 doubles and 21 RBI.

"Matt is the top left-handed pitcher in the state of New York and has a chance to be a solid draft pick in June," said Montez. "He also swings a good bat and is a good student in the classroom."

Connelly (6-1, 195), a senior at Flanagan High School and a teammate of current Dolphin freshman Glenn Witkowski, was an honorable mention all- Broward County selection after leading Flanagan to a Class 6A state title. He batted .335 with five home runs, eight doubles and 23 RBI.

"Chris was teammates with Glenn at Flanagan High School," said Montez. "He should compete for significant playing time as a freshman."

Myers (6-2, 200), a sophomore at Kansas City Community College, led the Blue Devils in all offensive categories and was a first team all-conference selection after batting .382 with 11 home runs, eight doubles, 51 RBI and a .730 slugging percentage.

"Thomas is a power hitting left fielder with tremendous bat speed," Montez said. "He is our only junior college signee in this class and we look for him to hit anywhere from the three to five hole in our lineup."

Johnson (5-11, 180), a senior at South Fork High School, was named second team all-area and was ranked 98th out of the top 350 players nationally after batting .362 with three home runs, nine doubles, and 28 RBI.

"Glenn is a switch hitting middle fielder who can really handle the bat," said Montez. "His father is former major league all-star Howard Johnson of the New York Mets."

Henderson (6-0, 205), a senior honor student at Guilderland High School, earned first team all- conference and team MVP honors after batting .500 with five home runs, seven doubles and 32 RBI as a junior.

"Ben is a slick fielding first baseman who can really hit," Montez said. "He should give us much needed stability at the first base position for years to come."

Warren (6-1, 195), a senior honor student at Carmel High School, was named all-state, all-conference and all-county after batting .532 with nine home runs and 46 RBI as a junior.

"James comes here all the way from the west coast but his mom and dad are both JU alums," said Montez. "This past summer he played in the prestigious Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif."

The Dolphins will open the 2007 season at Florida A&M on Jan. 30, at 3 p.m.