Nov. 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA head baseball coach John Savage has announced that nine student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend UCLA and play baseball. Aided by assistant coaches Rick Vanderhook and Steve Pearse, the fifth recruiting class under Savage includes six position players, one pitcher and one two-way player.
The Bruins' recruiting class is highlighted by three AFLAC All-Americans - right-handed pitcher Scott Griggs, infielder David Nick and catcher Max Stassi. The nine talented ballplayers, currently seniors in high school, will enroll at UCLA in the fall of 2009.
"Our coaching staff did an outstanding job putting this class together," Savage said. "Coach Vanderhook and Coach Pearse worked extremely hard over the last several months. We feel that we have several impact position players that will have great careers at UCLA."
Additionally, current high school senior Trevor Bauer, a right-handed pitcher at Hart High School, has signed a grant-in-aid to enroll at UCLA in January 2009. Bauer will graduate from Hart High School in December before joining the Bruins for the 2009 season.
Savage's first four recruiting classes at UCLA earned high national rankings. His first two recruiting classes were ranked No. 5 and No. 13, respectively, by Baseball America. Each of the Bruins' last two groups have been tabbed the No. 7 classes in the nation by Baseball America.
UCLA BASEBALL SIGNEES (2009)
|Name||Position||B/T||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Trevor Brown||UTL||R/R||6-2||170||Valencia, Calif. (Hart HS)|
|Jeff Gelalich||OF||L/R||6-1||180||La Verne, Calif. (Bonita HS)|
|Scott Griggs||RHP||R/R||6-2||185||Alamo, Calif. (San Ramon Valley HS)|
|Dennis Holt||OF/LHP||L/L||6-2||180||Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)|
|Cody Keefer||OF||L/R||6-1||185||Davis, Calif. (Davis Senior HS)|
|David Nick||INF||R/R||6-2||180||Cypress, Calif. (Cypress HS)|
|Cody Regis||INF||L/R||6-2||200||Glendora, Calif. (Glendora HS)|
|Max Stassi||C||R/R||5-10||185||Yuba City, Calif. (Yuba City HS)|
|Trayce Thompson||OF||R/R||6-4||200||Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)|
Valencia, Calif. (Hart HS)
UTL - 6-2, 170 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: "Trevor is a very versatile athlete who can do a lot on the baseball field. He can catch, in addition to playing infield and outfield. Trevor comes from a great high school program and should come into our program prepared."
La Verne, Calif. (Bonita HS)
OF - 6-1, 180 - L/R
Head Coach John Savage: "Jeff is a smooth outfielder who has all the tools to be a very good college player. He's a left-handed hitter that combines speed and power. We look for Jeff to be an immediate impact player at UCLA."
Alamo, Calif. (San Ramon Valley HS)
RHP - 6-2, 185 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: "Scott has one of the best arms in the country. He really started separating himself from the rest of the right-handers in the last several months. He's a very physical pitcher who has to have power stuff as a freshman."
Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)
OF/LHP - 6-2, 180 - L/L
Head Coach John Savage: "Dennis is a very good athlete who will help us both in the outfield as well as on the mound. He also comes from a very good program and plays in one of the most competitive leagues in Southern California."
Davis, Calif. (Davis Senior HS)
OF - 6-1, 185 - L/R
Head Coach John Savage: "We feel Cody is one of the best hitters coming out of high school in California in this class. He also combines speed with power and has shown the ability to hit all types of pitching. With his ability, we look for Cody to come into UCLA and contribute right away as a left-handed hitter."
Cypress, Calif. (Cypress HS)
INF - 6-2, 180 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: "David is one of the best high school position players in Southern California. He has tremendous make-up and will be able to play at a high level. David is an accomplished hitter who can defend in the middle of the infield."
Glendora, Calif. (Glendora HS)
INF - 6-2, 200 - L/R
Head Coach John Savage: "Cody is a solid player who has the ability to use the entire field to hit. He has great hand-eye coordination and will be another one of the talented left-handed hitters we are bringing into this class."
Yuba City, Calif. (Yuba City HS)
C - 5-10, 185 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: "Max has been the top player in our state the past two years. He has had a remarkable high school career, having been named the MVP and most importantly two winning championships for his Yuba City High School team. Max comes from a great baseball background and has a chance to be one of the top recruits ever to come to Westwood. He has all the tools to be a great player at UCLA."
Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)
OF - 6-4, 200 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: "Trayce is one of the best athletes in Southern California. Most of his accomplishments have been on the basketball court. However, he has made tremendous strides over the summer and continues to elevate his game as a baseball player. Trayce has a great future at UCLA, and his potential is unlimited."