We’ve noted each of the college baseball early signing classes released by Kentucky schools, but the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky have not officially announced their early classes. Despite the lack of a university news release Yahoo! Sports posted a signing list for UK on the Rivals.commessage board thread where Kendall Rogers was tracking signing classes from across the country. The list matches previous media reports about commitments but has not been confirmed by UK:
RHP Chandler Shepherd — Lawrence County High School
RHP Spencer Drake — Eastern High School
INF Ryan Loehnert — St Xavier High School
RHP Taylor Martin — Lexington Catholic High School
OF Jeff Boehm — Lansing, Ill.
LHP Jerad Grundy — Heartland CC
OF Austin Cousino — Dublin, Ohio
C Greg Fettes — Madison Heights, Mich.
INF Max Kuhn — Zionsville, Ind.
LHP Sam Mahar — Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.
LHP AJ Reed — Terre Haute, Ind.
RHP Shane Grimm — Walters State CC
Yahoo! Sports didn’t list Grimm on their Kentucky early signing period class, but the Herald-Leader reported in August the former Paintsville High School star had committed to UK. The headliner of the class is probably Cousino, who was named the tournament MVP at the 2009 IBAF ‘AA’ World Youth Championships for Team USA (16U). Shepherd, Drake and Martin were each named KHSBCA 2nd Team All-State in 2010.
The early signing period for college baseball opened this week. Teams won’t likely announce their classes until the end of the period, but here’s a quick rundown of the signings we’ve heard so far:
DuPont Manual High School prep Craig Pearcy signed with Morehead State University, St. X pitchers Ian Tompkins and Matt Spalding signed with Western Kentucky University, St. X pitcher Ryan Loehnert signed with the University of Kentucky and Manual prep Dalton Brown signed with Spalding, Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal reports.
Bill Harrison of the Chicago Tribune reports Chicago prep Jeff Boehm of Mount Carmel High School signed with the UK.
Warren East High School infielder/pitcher Mark Briggs signed with the University of Louisville, the Bowling Green Daily Newsreports.
Erik Hall of the News Tribune reports Illinois preps Mason Snyder and Joey Ceja both signed with UofL.