Houston Baseball's Recruiting Class Ranked No. 36 in Nation
Oct. 23, 2012
HOUSTON — In just his third season at the helm of the University of Houston baseball program, head coach Todd Whitting and staff brought in a Top 40 2012 recruiting class, polling in at No. 36, according to Collegiate Baseball.
The 2012 Houston recruiting class was composed of 17 newcomers, which included 10 freshmen and seven junior college transfers. The work of Whitting and his staff have continued to build Houston Baseball back to a nationally recognized program and the recruiting class rankings are one indicator of the bright future ahead for the Cougars.
Houston saw seven newcomers taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Despite losing four of those players to MLB considerations, Houston was able to land three, which sparked such a high recruiting class ranking.
“Our staff is extremely excited to welcome the latest recruiting class to Houston Cougar Baseball. The recruiting efforts led by Coach [Trip] Couch have yielded numerous impact players for our last season in C-USA and moving forward with our transition to the BIG EAST next year,” Whitting said.
The expectation level and ability to seek out top players across the country has evolved with the numerous positive changes the University and the Athletics department has implemented over the last year or two.
“The tradition, opportunity to earn a Tier I degree and expectation level of this program serves as the model to attract some of the best student-athletes from across the nation to Houston,” Whitting said. “In order to compete at the highest level you must also recruit at that level. This class, I believe, is one that will be the foundation of what will be a great program for many years to come.“
Collegiate Baseball ranked Vanderbilt, UCLA, and Arizona State among the nation’s best, while Houston joined Rice (27), East Carolina (33) and UCF (40) as Conference USA representatives on the top-recruiting list. For a complete list, click here.
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