NJCAA Signing Period Kicks Off Today

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By Rob Allison
Iowa State Director

January 15th is the Official Signing Day for prospective student/athlete's to sign their National Letter of Intents (N.L.I.'s) to the 2-year college of their choice. N.L.I.'s officially bind a student/athlete to that junior college for one calendar year (Fall 2015-Spring 2016). Unlike the NCAA signing periods which provide a window of days for athletes to sign; once the NJCAA signing period begins- it is open and athletes are allowed to sign the remainder of the year. Junior colleges are classified in three categories: Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3.

Junior college has become an attractive option for baseball players in Iowa; with only one Division 1 university in the state- University of Iowa- currently supporting a baseball program. There are currently 69 players in Iowa that have committed to college baseball programs; 38 of those will be attending junior college.

Junior college's have reaped the benefits over the last 5-8 years with many attractive prospects ultimately deciding to attend junior college and re-visit their options after two years in pursuit of a Division 1 or possibly a professional opportunity in the future.

Reigning National Champion and Preseason No. 1 ranked Iowa Western CC expects to receive binding agreements today from two in-state players- No. 12 ranked Korey Kuhlmann and No. 18 ranked Malik Moore. Indian Hills CC has received a commitment from Ottumwa's Chase Wood; the No. 24 ranked player in the Class of 2015. No. 44 ranked Tony Salato will be attending Marshalltown CC.

In the Iowa Division 2 conference; arguably the most competitive  DII conference top-to-bottom; in the entire nation- has three teams currently ranked in the Preseason Top 20 Coaches Poll; Southeastern CC at No. 6, Des Moines Area CC at No. 15, and Iowa Central CC at No. 17.

North Iowa Area CC and Iowa Central CC both have commitments from four players currently ranked in the top 50 for the Class of 2015. NIACC has received commitments from No. 8 Connor Enochs, No. 29 Chino Alcala, #34 Fischer Durbala, and #48 Noah Egger. Iowa Central will sign No. 11 Matt Cox, No. 14 Brenden Schnell, No. 25 Austin Suhr, and No. 28 Foster Anshutz. Kirkwood has two ranked in-state players with No. 31 Colin Kreiter and No. 50 Bo Greenlee and Southeastern CC has a commitment from No. 20 ranked Otis Roby from Twin Cedars. Southwestern CC picked up No. 27 Sean Houston.

Four players have made commitments to out-of-state junior colleges with No. 15 Sam Lizarraga and No. 30 Trey Beckman to Wabash Valley CC in Illinois, No. 19 Nick McMurray to Johnson County CC in Kansas, and No. 21 Luke Larson to John A. Logan CC in Illinois.

Below is the full list of current in-state verbal commitments to junior colleges listed by # of overall commitments to each school:

Iowa Central CC

2015 Foster Anshutz Des Moines Roosevelt IA LHP Iowa Central CC
2015 Trey Bronner Cedar Falls IA SS Iowa Central CC
2015 Brady Corson Cedar Falls IA LHP Iowa Central CC
2015 Matt Cox Bettendorf IA C Iowa Central CC
2015 Spencer Franko Sioux City East IA SS Iowa Central CC
2015 Austin Halligan Fort Dodge IA OF Iowa Central CC
2015 Bryce Kearns W. Central Valley IA RHP Iowa Central CC
2015 Samuel Kornstad Adel Desoto Minburn IA LHP Iowa Central CC
2015 Nolan Reinhardt Dowling Catholic IA 1B Iowa Central CC
2015 Brenden Schnell Humboldt IA RHP Iowa Central CC
2015 Matt Stone Bettendorf IA RHP Iowa Central CC
2015 Austin Suhr Pleasant Valley IA RHP Iowa Central CC

North Iowa Area CC

2015 Chino Alcala Des Moines East IA 1B North Iowa Area CC
2015 Fischer Durbala Burlington IA 2B/MIF North Iowa Area CC
2015 Noah Egger Waukee IA RHP North Iowa Area CC
2015 Connor Enochs Des Moines East IA SS North Iowa Area CC
2015 Zack Hamilton Southeast Polk IA C North Iowa Area CC
2015 Tyler Jacobsen Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton IA RHP North Iowa Area CC

Southeastern CC

2015 Tanner Foster Martensdale St. Mary's IA RHP Southeastern CC
2015 Blake Hargens Cedar Rapids Kennedy IA RHP Southeastern CC
2015 Otis Roby Twin Cedars IA RHP Southeastern CC

Kirkwood CC

2015 Bo Greenlee Waverly Shell Rock IA LHP Kirkwood CC
2015 Colin Kreiter North Scott IA OF Kirkwood CC
2015 Drew Yanecek Cedar Rapids Prairie IA 3B Kirkwood CC

Iowa Western CC

2015 Malik Moore Waukee IA OF Iowa Western CC
2015 Korey Kuhlmann Maple Valley Anthon Oto IA LHP Iowa Western CC

Ellsworth CC

2015 Evan Jackson Clinton IA OF Ellsworth CC
2015 Alex Muhlenberg Roland Story IA C Ellsworth CC

Wabash Valley CC

2015 Trey Beckman Cedar Rapids Prairie IA OF Wabash Valley CC
2015 Sam Lizarraga Kennedy IA RHP Wabash Valley CC

Iowa Lakes CC

2015 Mason Gibson Madrid IA LHP Iowa Lakes CC
2015 Connor Lamp Woodbury Central IA LHP Iowa Lakes CC

Indian Hills CC

2015 Chase Wood Ottumwa IA 3B Indian Hills CC

Des Moines Area CC

2015 Jeremy Bentley Des Moines East IA LHP Des Moines Area CC

John A Logan CC

2015 Luke Larson Cedar Rapids Jefferson IA SS John Logan CC

Johnson County CC

2015 Nick McMurray Dowling Catholic IA SS Johnson County CC

Marshalltown CC

2015 Tony Salato Knoxville IA C Marshalltown CC

Southwestern CC

2015 Sean Houston Denison IA SS Southwestern CC


Please send all Commitments to [email protected]

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