UNC Baseball Recruiting

Complete coverage of North Carolina Baseball Recruiting.

MLB draft could take a big bite out of highly-rated UNC recruiting class

North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox put together a recruiting class that has been ranked by some as the best in the nation. It’s an assessment that was confirmed this week in the Major League Baseball draft. The problem is that there’s a good chance many of the Tar Heels’ top signees won’t ever make it to Chapel Hill. Nine of Fox’s 17 incoming freshmen were selected in the three-day draft, including six in the first two rounds.

UNC commit Cameron Varga throws fifth no-hitter

Not even the excitement of potentially hearing his name called in the MLB draft could knock Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior pitcher Cameron Varga off his game in the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Division III State Semifinals at Huntington Park in Columbus on Thursday afternoon. Varga struck out 15 hitters and kept his 0.00 ERA in tact on his way to his fifth no-hitter of the season, while lifting the Eagles to the Division III State Finals with a 3-0 win over Orville.

UNC baseball commitment JB Bukauskas tells MLB teams he won’t sign pro contract

After much deliberating and many discussions with his parents, Stone Bridge right-hander JB Bukauskas has decided to forgo the Major League Baseball draft and enroll at North Carolina in June. Bukauskas, 17, was recently tabbed as the No. 35 prospect in the country by the MLB Pipeline. And he was almost certainly guaranteed a multimillion dollar bonus if he remained in the June draft.

JUCO shortstop Elijah Sutherland signs with UNC baseball

Coming off a season in which he started 54 games and helped guide the Senators to their sixth JUCO World Series appearance, Walters State sophomore shortstop Elijah Sutherland signed with North Carolina on Thursday to play the 2014-15 season.Sutherland, a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., becomes the third player from Walters State to sign with the Tar Heels.

2015 pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally commits to North Carolina

Mason junior pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday morning, according to Mason coach Curt Bly. Hutchison, one of the state’s top players in the 2015 class, also had offers from UC, Miami University, Ohio State and Kent State.

UNC Announces Standout Baseball Class For 2014-15

The UNC baseball program continued its strong showing on the recruiting trail by signing 17 of the nation's top prep baseball student-athletes and one junior college standout to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Friday. Included in this class are five of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America and eight of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game.

UNC tops early baseball recruiting rankings

North Carolina headlines the early signing period recruiting rankings, landing 17 high school commits, six players in the PG Top 100, and averaging an impressive 8.71 points per player with outfielder and PG All-American Braxton Davidson leading the charge. The Tar Heels assembled a sizable recruiting class, with eight of them ranked as top 200 prospects nationally by Perfect Game. Though Davidson leads the way in this class, shortstops Jack Flaherty and Forrest Wall also are talented prospects.

2015 pitcher Logan Welch commits to UNC baseball

Logan Welch , a junior at Reynolds, made a big jump in baseball from his freshman to his sophomore seasons. And now Welch, a 6-3, 205-pounder, has decided on where he will make his big jump to after high school. Welch committed to play at North Carolina last week, said Doug Welch, Logan’s father and the baseball coach at Reynolds.

UNC baseball commitment Braxton Davidson ranked 10th-best high school senior in country

Baseball America has released its list of the country’s top-100 high school seniors and two of them are from Western North Carolina. Roberson’s Braxton Davidson (No. 10) and North Buncombe’s Alex Destino (No. 68) have both signed to play college baseball for major Division I programs.

Pitcher Hansen Butler Signs with UNC Baseball

Hansen Butler has had a dream for years, and it will soon become a reality. On Wednesday, Butler, a senior pitcher at High Point Christian Academy, signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the University of North Carolina — one of the top NCAA Division I programs in the country. "It’s awesome, it’s amazing, it’s a dream come true," he said. "I remember when I was 8, 9, 10 years old, just starting out playing, I had a dream of putting that Tar Heel jersey on."

Kyle Datres to play baseball for North Carolina

Loyalsock (Pa.) junior pitcher Kyle Datres tweeted Sunday night he'll continue his athletic and academic careers at UNC, playing baseball for the Tar Heels. "Today is the day I have been waiting for my entire life, I have committed to play baseball at the University of North Carolina!" Datres said on Twitter. Datres has been a three-year starter on the baseball, basketball and football teams at Loyalsock. He was the winning pitcher for the Lancers in June when Loyalsock won its second PIAA baseball championship.

Lumberton sophomore pitcher Evan Odum commits to UNC

Evan Odum can toe the rubber with his mind at ease this spring at Lumberton High School. The rising sophomore’s already made up his mind on where he’ll play college baseball, choosing a nationally-ranked program Odum believes is a few players away from its first national title. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the University of North Carolina,” Odum said.

Brock Deatherage Withdraws UNC Baseball Commitment

Rising senior Brock Deatherage, a two-sport standout at Western Alamance, informed the North Carolina baseball staff Friday that he’s pulling back from a verbal commitment that he gave the Tar Heels more than a year ago. Deatherage said he made a premature decision and he wants to assess opportunities in baseball and football. He said other colleges might be better fits for his academic pursuits.

Brandon Riley picks North Carolina for baseball

Brandon Riley, a rising junior outfielder/infielder from Burlington Williams high school, committed Saturday to play baseball at North Carolina. With offers mounting, Riley said he was hoping for one from the Tar Heels. “That was kind of the one I was waiting on,” he said. “After they saw me play some tournaments and then again this weekend, they made the offer Friday night. I accepted it (Saturday) afternoon. That’s where I always kind of dreamed of playing.”

Pitcher Ryder Ryan next in the Huntersville to Chapel Hill pipeline

It’s worked out well before, and Ryder Ryan is hoping it will again. When baseball players from northern Mecklenburg County have suited up for the Tar Heels in recent years, they’ve been a part of something pretty special, most notably trips to the College World Series. Ryan, a rising senior at North Meck High, last week committed to Carolina, where former Hopewell High standout Michael Russell is the starting shortstop and where former North Meck Viking Michael Cavasinni enjoyed a successful career as an outfielder, finishing up in 2010.

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