Nov. 14, 2002
The UCLA baseball coaching staff has signed two top California prep prospects, which will enter UCLA in the fall of 2003.
"We are extremely excited to add two dual position players to an already talented team. We are expecting an immediate impact from these two young men in the 2004 season," said UCLA Pitching Coach Gary Adcock.
Brant Rustich (El Cajon, CA/Grossmont HS) was rated among the top 50 high school prospects by Baseball America and Prospects Plus and ranked 11th in the Area Code Games. The 6-6, right-handed pitcher will provide depth on the mound and add another threat at the plate for the Bruins.
"Brant is a well-polished right handed potential power pitcher. He has an extremely high upside and awesome mound presence," said Adcock.
Brian Schroeder (San Diego, CA/Christian HS) will continue his family's UCLA legacy when he comes to Westwood next fall. His father, Jay Schroeder, was a Bruin quarterback in1980 and a third-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins. Over the course of his ten-year NFL career, Schroeder picked up a Super Bowl ring with the 1988 Redskins.
"Schroeder is a very competitive and tenacious left-handed pitcher with a ton of movement on his fastball and a nasty slider," commented Adcock.
Due to the strength and numbers of the 2003 incoming class, which was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America, UCLA had a limited number of scholarships available.