Baseball Signs Seven To Letters Of Intent
Nov. 9, 2011
HOUSTON - University of Houston head baseball coach Todd Whitting announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. Whitting's second signing class includes three pitchers, three infielders and a catcher.
"For the second straight year, we have landed a solid class of student-athletes who will not only excel on the field but in the classroom," Whitting said. "My hopes are that this second recruiting class will help to continue to stabilize the program to become a consistent contender on a national level year in and year out."
Coach (Trip) Couch and Coach (Jack) Cressend are tireless recruiters who have done a tremendous job of loading this program with great student-athletes. They have both done an outstanding job of identifying and signing some of the best athletes in the country to be a part of Cougar Baseball. Our entire staff is looking forward to welcoming all of these families into the program next fall."
Here is a look at each member of the 2012 signing class and recruiting coordinator Trip Couch's thoughts on each player.
JACOB CAMPBELL - C - ALVIN, TEXAS - ALVIN HIGH SCHOOL
DUSTIN COOK - RHP - HUFFMAN, TEXAS - HARGRAVE HIGH SCHOOL
Prior to his injury, he played for the nationally known Marucci baseball team and was an integral part of many tournaments for them. Dustin has a feel to pitch and the arm and body to really take off once he gets back to full speed."
KYLE KIRK - INF - HOUSTON, TEXAS - ST. PIUS HIGH SCHOOL
"Kyle brings toughness and the ability to lead the program. He comes from a family of lifelong coaches and plays for coach Adam Massiate at St. Pius, where last season they finished second in the state."
Kyle has spent most of his time at third base and brings a left-handed bat with him. He understands the strike zone and has bat speed and strength. He is a grinder-type kid that loves to work."
JEREMY KIVEL - RHP - SPRING, TEXAS - SPRING HIGH SCHOOL
He is a tremendous competitor who is aggressive and confident on the mound. Armed with a low-to-mid 90s fastball, he is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential."
JAKE LEMOINE - RHP - BRIDGE CITY, TEXAS - BRIDGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL
AVAIN RACHAL - INF - CYPRESS, TEXAS - CY-FAIR HIGH SCHOOL
Avain can play multiple positions and his get after it approach will fit right into our program."
JOSH VIDALES - SS - LAPORTE, TEXAS - LAPORTE HIGH SCHOOL
In the summer, Josh plays for the Columbia Angels, one of the elite select programs in the Houston area. We really look forward to the energy and leadership Josh brings to the program."