Norfolk State Spartans Sign 7 in Early Period

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Norfolk State Spartans BaseballNORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State University baseball recruiting coordinator Joey Seal announced Tuesday that seven high school players signed national letters of intent in the early period to begin playing for the Spartans in 2016-17.

The early signees consist of two pitchers, one outfielder, one infielder and three players who can play multiple positions.

“I would like to thank our staff, coaches Clark, Lee and Suttmiller, for their assistance and support in assembling this recruiting class. This group of student-athletes has a chance to go down as one of the most talented and athletic classes we’ve had in recent years,” Seal said. “As a coaching staff, we wanted to continue our philosophy of building depth at every position. The versatility of in this class should give us competition across the board.”

More on the early signees:

IF/RHP Stephen Baughan – Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill HS

About Baughan: Baughan was an honorable mention All-Conference 8 selection at third base after his sophomore season in 2014. He is also a standout football player, leading Clover Hill in tackles from his linebacker spot and earning a berth in the VHSCA all-state football game.

Seal said: “Stephen is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever met. He brings his football mentality to the baseball field … he is power personified. On the mound, his fastball velocity sits in the upper 80s with really good life and he has a power breaking ball. At the plate, he has the ability to be a home run threat while also hitting for a high average. We are very excited to watch Stephen develop into a legit two-way player in the Green and Gold.”

IF Adam Collins – Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen HS

About Collins: Collins was a first-team Group 4A all-state and Group 4A South Region second baseman as a junior at Glen Allen, leading the Jaguars to the 4A state championship. He was also named to the All-Conference 20 first team.

Seal said: “Adam has one of the best infield arms in the state. He’s a slick-fielding infielder who displays tools that will allow him to compete right away for playing time. Along with his sure-handed defense, he is also a very aggressive hitter and base runner. Adam is the type of player we could use anywhere in the lineup because he is able to do so many things to help his team win.”

LHP/OF Tyrin Everette – Chesapeake, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy

About Everette: Everette earned second-team All-Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools (TCIS) and all-state (VISAA) Division II honors as an outfielder at Greenbrier Christian last year. Everette also recorded the save on the mound in the state championship game as the Gators won the VISAA Division II title.

Seal said: “Tyrin is a very versatile player who can add depth to multiple positions. A very good left handed pitcher, Tyrin has shown the ability to show up and win big games. Already throwing a fastball in the mid-80s, the sky is the limit for him on the mound. An extremely hard worker, Tyrin will come in and compete right away.”

RHP Jack Howell – Nokesville, Va./Patriot HS

About Howell: The 6-foot-4 Howell was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a junior.

Seal said: “Jack is a tall righty whose best days are still to come. An unbelievably hard worker, Jack’s fastball is consistently in the mid-to-upper 80s and he shows great feel for his secondary pitches. He always wants the ball and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

OF Dion Jordan – Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River HS

About Jordan: Jordan was named to the All-Ironclad Conference first team as an outfielder following his junior season. He also led the Warriors to the regular-season conference title in 2015.

Seal said: “Everything Dion does is fast: he runs fast, has quick hands and a very good arm. He has the ability to cover a lot of ground at Marty L. Miller Field. He also has some gap-to-gap power that will play well at our park. You can put Dion at any outfield position and he will chase down fly balls for days.”

LHP Tyler Morgan – Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith HS

About Morgan: Morgan is ranked by the recruiting service Perfect Game as the No. 6 left handed pitcher in the state and is a national top 1,000 recruit. He recorded a 2.84 ERA and struck out more than one batter per inning as a junior.

Seal said: “Tyler is as blue-collar as they come. He seemed to get better each time I saw him pitch and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tyler has some really good life on his fastball and has a great feel for pitching. As he continues to get bigger and stronger, his development will continue.”

IF/OF Dwight Riddick – Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield HS

About Riddick: Riddick was the All-Monitor-Merrimac Conference first-team second baseman as a junior. He was also named to the all-conference first team at designated hitter as a sophomore and is considered a national top 1,000 recruit by Perfect Game.

Seal said: “We think Dwight has the tools to be a very special player over the next few years. He can run, throw and hit all above average and also gives us the versatility of playing seven different positions on the field. He has shown the ability to hit the ball with power to all fields. Another hard-nosed player, Dwight should push a lot of players at several different positions right away.”

Seal added that the Spartans expect to add a few more signees in the spring, but he’s very pleased with the start to this year’s recruiting class.

“Aside from being extremely talented on the field, these seven student-athletes are extremely high-character kids,” Seal said. “They will represent what it means to be a Spartan off the field, as well.”

 

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