Six high school seniors and two junior college transfers make up Sam Houston head coach Mark Johnson's 2011 recruiting class.

Signing with the Bearkats are Nik Castilleja of Pflugerville, Matt Eureste of Saint Pius High School, Andrew Godail of The Woodlands High School, Gavin Gray of Paris College, Cody Jones and Hayden Simerly of Stony Point, Ryan O'Hearn from Frisco Wakeland High School and Alan Scott from Temple College,

"We are extremely excited and proud to announce the names of the players who have committed to become Bearkats in our November signing period," Johnson said. "They are the core of our 2011 recruiting class. We recruited against a lot of outstanding schools to secure this class, and we believe they all have a very good chance to be outstanding Division I players and will assist us in our championship efforts.  We expect this class to make an immediate impact on our program."

Coach Johnson's remarks about each of the Bearkat signees:

Andrew Godail
6-0, 170 LHP/Outfielder
The Woodlands High School

"Andrew is a very talented prospect who has a chance to make a great impact in many different ways.  He possesses above average breaking pitches which compliment his 85-90mph fastball.  Andrew is also an accomplished hitter and will have a chance to compete for a position in the line-up.  We are excited to have him in our program.  He plays for a quality program under Ron Eastman and will bring a quality make-up to the table." 

Nik Castilleja
5-11,  170 Infielder
Pflugerville High School

"Nik may be the most exciting player that we saw all summer.  His passion for the game is very contagious and we feel that this coupled with his athleticism put him in an elite category.  He is an above average runner, a great defender and his baseball instincts are second to none.  Nik is currently learning to switch hit and we are excited about his progress.  He competes for Coach Fry at Pflugerville High School and has a great baseball background.  We expect him to immediately compete for a position as a freshman."


Alan Scott
6-7, 220 Left handed pitcher
Temple College/ Tomball, TX

"Alan is a very projectable LHP that we expect to compete for a spot at the top of our rotation.  We have been watching him since high school.  He is currently playing for Craig McMurtry at Temple College. He has the frame and arm action to continue to improve every time he takes the mound.  His fastball has been up to 92 this fall and we look forward to seeing him progress in the spring.  He should make a nice addition to our staff."


Cody Jones

5-10, 180 Centerfielder
Stony Point High School

"We are very excited to have Cody in our program.  He has a great tool set and may be the best athlete in our class.  His abilities to run, throw, field and hit are outstanding.  His intangibles are off the chart and he has a great baseball make-up.  Cody is also an accomplished football player for Stony Point.  He competed for Tommy Boggs and the Austin Slam this summer.  We had to compete with some Big 12 schools to get him.  He will fill an immediate need."


Hayden Simerly
6-1, 180 Outfielder
Stony Point High School

"We have recruited Hayden for some time and we are thrilled that he is a Bearkat.  Hayden has the potential to be a real difference maker at the plate.  He also competed for Tommy Boggs and the Slam this last summer and is high school teammates with Jones.  His best days are yet to come and we look forward to watching him develop over the next few years."


Ryan O'Hearn
6-2, 185 First baseman
Frisco Wakeland High School

"Ryan may be one of the best pure hitters that we saw this summer.  We feel strongly about his ability to be a difference maker at the plate and we are excited he will be here.  Ryan is an outfielder for Frisco Wakeland but may see considerable time at first base.  Our senior class is full of offensive producers and we believe Ryan can make a major impact right away."


Matt Eureste
6-1, 180 Infielder
St. Pius High School                                         

"Matt is an exceptional athlete.  He has the makings of eventually being a very good professional prospect.  We feel fortunate to be able to sign a left-handed hitting middle infielder of his caliber.  We will lose 2 middle infield starters this year and have expectations for Matt to fill into a spot.  He comes from a great baseball family and we are excited to have him here."


Gavin Gray
6-3,  215 Outfielder
Paris College/  Frisco, TX

"Gavin will come to Sam after completing his second year for Darren Clark at Paris College.  Gavin is a middle of the order type of hitter that we expect to be an RBI producer.  He was an accomplished football player in high school and is beginning to reach his full potential on the baseball field.  We are thrilled to have him as we felt like he was a great fit for our program."