Villanova ranks as one of the nation's top recruiting classes mentioned by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper for the seventh time in the last eight years.
Oct. 31, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa. - One of the largest incoming freshman classes in recent program history has become the latest to earn national attention for Villanova, which was named by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in the publication's annual listing of the top recruiting classes around the nation. The Wildcats were listed at 77th overall and for the seventh time in the last eight years made the top 100 listing.
The incoming class for Villanova includes 16 freshmen and one sophomore and will be looked upon to provide immediate contributions for a team that graduated 12 players last spring. The newcomers include five pitchers and 12 position players, although several players fit into the typical Wildcat mold of being able to both pitch and play a field position.
"It is always flattering to be recognized for our recruiting efforts at the national level," Villanova head coach Joe Godri said. "The recruiting process is a way for our assistant coaches to distinguish themselves and earn the recognition that they deserve. Over the past several years they have done an outstanding job of raising the talent bar of the players that come to Villanova and that is why we are one of five Big East teams that has made back-to-back conference tournament appearances the last two seasons."
The latest Wildcat recruiting class includes players that come from seven different states, with three in-state players staying home to play in Pennsylvania. Villanova continued to increase its presence in the middle and western part of the state with pitchers Kyle Helisek (Cranberry Township, Pa.) and Kyle McMyne (Old Forge, Pa.) and outfielder Scott Buckwalter (York, Pa.). In addition, the Wildcats once again had success in the Midwest as infielder Carl Fiebig (Darien, Ill.) becomes the fifth player on the team from the state of Illinois.
The other members of this year's incoming class are pitchers Julian Diaz (Trenton, N.J.), Thomas Tesauro (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Jerry Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.), catchers Adam Nelson (St. Joseph, Mo.) and J.P. Craven (Hingham, Mass.), infielders Marlon Calbi (Montclair, N.J.), Cuyler Esposito (Marietta, Ga.), Kevin Wager (Chester, Va.), Kevin Stephens (Marlton, N.J.), Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) and outfielders Anthony Porcelli (Wantagh, N.Y.), Nicholas Hellmuth (Short Hills, N.J.) and Sean Campi (Princeton, N.J.).
Each year the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranks the top 40 recruiting classes in the nation and provides a list of "Other Top Recruiting Classes." Villanova's listing at No. 77 beats last year's rank by four spots and made the Wildcats one of eight Big East teams mentioned in the top 100.
"This is a large and very talented recruiting class for us and offers a good mix between pitchers and position players," Godri said. "At the end of the day we always internally evaluate our recruiting classes by the number of wins they have over four years at Villanova. Each of the four-year classes since I have been here has won at least 100 games and we look forward to seeing this class reach that mark as well."