|November 29, 2016||1:10 AM||HBCU 2016 Baseball Season||2016 HBCU Baseball Season|
Grambling State University
Grambling Sports Information
Grambling,LA – Grambling State University’s Davin Pierre has been named the top baseball recruiting coordinator in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and is listed as one of the top recruiters in the country (click here).
Division I coaches were recently asked to rank the best recruiters in college baseball and in their conferences. Coach Pierre was a favorite amongst his SWAC peers and is now named among the best of the best in college baseball.
Coach Pierre is in his eighth season as the assistant coach for the Tigers baseball team. As a Grambling alumni and a former four-year letterman for the baseball team, Pierre is deeply rooted in Grambling and has been a part of this university for over a decade.
“It’s always an honor and a humbling experience when your peers recognize you as one of the top recruiters in the conference and in the country. I’m just blessed to have a great head coach in James Cooper that allows me to have the freedom to bring in quality student athletes into this great university and baseball program,” said Pierre.
Cooper and Pierre are the only coaching staff and they each have had to wear many hats in order to manage the team properly.
“It’s always a difficult process when you’re a lower resource school, but you have to understand what you’re up against; don’t make any excuses, and find a way to get the job done. None of our opponents are going to feel sorry for us so we understand that and don’t make any excuses. I and Coach Cooper have made great contacts throughout the country with coaches, scouts, and alumni which allows us to get into places we can’t financially. We trust those individuals to give us honest and solid information on those recruiting prospects,” said Pierre.
Grambling had 5 players to be drafted professionally in the past six years and one of those players is currently playing in the MLB. Grambling State had a good 2015-2016 season finishing (15-8) in conference play one game away from winning the Western Division Title. The Tigers had the SWAC newcomer of the year last season, junior infielder Daniel Barnett. Also, second baseman Larry Barraza made the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings’ NCAA Division I South Central All-Region Second Team.
For the upcoming 2017 season, the Tigers have signed six players during the early signing period. These players are as follows:
|D’Quan Matthews||UTL||Orlando, FL||Lackawanna Community College|
|Richard Ortiz||C||Ponce, PR||Taft Community College|
|Isaiah Torres||OF||Brooklyn, NY||Monroe Community College|
|Keyaunte Jones||IF||Toledo, OH||St. John Jesuit HS|
|Julien Martin||RHP||Long Beach, CA||Lakewood High School|
|DeJuan Van Dyke||RHP||Fayetteville, GA||Dutchtown High School|