Sam Houston State head baseball coach Mark Johnson has announced four Texas high school players have signed letters of intent to play for the Bearkats. The class includes three left-handed pitchers and one right-handed pitcher.
Lefties Caleb Smith, Huntsville High School; Cody Dickson, Mansfield Summit High School and Matt Walker, Robinson High School will join right-handed pitcher Josh Ganze, Angleton High School in 2011.
"Because of a very small senior class, our needs and available scholarships were limited," Johnson said. "We are very excited about this recruiting class because it specifically addresses our critical needs. We were able to secure our needs for left-handed pitching.
"Caleb, Matt, and Cody will be an immediate support in this area. Additionally, Josh brings some important help on the right side of the mound. All four of these young men are great fits and we are excited about their future in a Bearkat uniform," he said.
Smith (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) was 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 2009 for Head Coach Jeff Brumbelow at Huntsville. He struck out 50 in 46 innings pitched while only giving up 37 hits on his way to being named an All-District performer 2009. Smith was selected to pitch in the Texas Scouts Association game held at Ameriquest Field this summer. During the summer he competes with the Houston Heat.
"We are very excited to have Caleb be part of our program," Johnson said. "It's nice to have a homegrown Huntsville athlete be part of our program. We fell that Caleb has the potential to be a big time contributor to our program."
Dickson (6-2, 170) is a left-handed pitcher from Mansfield Summit High School and plays under head coach Chris Peacock. Dickson has compiled a 15-6 record over the past 2 seasons and holds the school record for career wins. He was also selected to represent the Metro Scout League All-Star team in Jupiter, Fla. this fall. During the summer Dickson competes with the Ft. Worth Cats led by Bruce Kirby.
"Cody is a very projectable left-handed pitcher that will help fill some holes that we have on the left side of the mound," Johnson said. "We are happy to have him and feel that he will contribute greatly to our program early in his career at Sam Houston State."
Walker is a dual position player that plays under Bryan Kent at Robinson High School. Walker has a career record of 20-4 with a 1.59 ERA while at Robinson. In 2009 he recorded 82 strikeouts on the mound while hitting .468 with four homeruns and 25 stolen bases. He was an All-Centex Selection in 2007 and 2009. During the summer Walker competes with the Waco Storm led by Todd Haney.
"Matt is a very gifted athlete and will fill a few different roles for our program," Johnson said. "He has great potential from the left side of the mound and will also give us quality depth in the outfield. Matt will compete early for time on the mound and we are excited to have him here."
Josh Ganze (6-2, 190) is also a dual position player that will join the Bearkats in 2011. Ganze is from Angleton High School where he plays for Udean Pounds. Josh hit .409 with six homeruns in 2009. He also shows great potential on the mound with an upper-80's fastball coupled with above average off-speed pitches. During the summer Josh competes with the Columbia Angels.
"Josh is a very strong athlete and will impact our program as a hitter and as a pitcher," Johnson said. "He has great power potential at the plate and also has the ability to be a power type pitcher for us. We are very excited that he is a Bearkat."