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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
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Recruiting class shows promise for players, head coach

TCU’s new head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle has his team headed in the right direction.

His first recruiting class consisted of 13 players and was ranked No. 9 in the country, according to Baseball America. The 13 players will join the team in the fall of 2004.

Three recruits are transferring to TCU, and all but one of the 13 recruits are from Texas. The new fall class features five of the top 25 players, according to Texas Baseball News.

“Obviously, this is a great start to our first recruiting class and it’s nice to be recognized on a national scale,” Schlossnagle said. “Coach Whitting has done an outstanding job, along with the rest of the staff, of showcasing our great university. We, however, have more work to do and look forward to the spring recruiting period as well.”

Among the 13 recruits are Sam Demel, of Spring; Yovanni Gallardo, of Fort Worth; Matt Carpenter, of Sugar Land. They are ranked 11, 13 and 18 in Texas Baseball News top prospects.

“We are very excited about this fall class,” Schlossnagle said. “We have numerous needs to fill and this class is a huge step in the direction of becoming a nationally prominent program.”

— John Ashley Menzies