Prep Baseball Report

Inside the Numbers: Illinois 2017 Early Signing Period

  By Drew Locascio & Chris Jelinek
Illinois Scouting Staff

The early signing period has now concluded for the 2017 class, a class in which we have seen most of these players since the start of their freshman year. The 2017 class currently has an astounding 82 Division I commits and 43 division II signees.

For sake of consistencies from year to year our numbers will only breakdown Division I and II commits (NCAA Division I and Division II prospects are the only ones to sign early NLI's at this point).

The high-end talent in this class is clear by the level of commitments, 10 of Illinois’ top prospects have committed to top 25 programs in the country (according to's 2016 final rankings).

No. 3 TCU (2) - LHP Ryan Eiermann (Naperville Central), OF Brad Czerniejewski (Lake Forest)

No. 4 Texas Tech (2) - 3B/OF KC Simonich (Lemont), RHP Ryan Sublette (Lemont)

No. 11 Louisville (4) - RHP Bobby Miller (McHenry) RHP Glenn Albanese (Batavia), LHP Reid Detmers (Chatham-Glenwood), SS Tom Josten (Fremd)

No. 13 South Carolina (1) - LHP Tyler Mettetal (St. Charles North)

No. 22 Vanderbilt (1) - RHP Erik Kaiser (Waterloo)

Also, all five of the NCAA power conferences have nabbed Illinois high school prospects this year. Here is a look at the conference breakdown of early commits.

Power 5 conferences: (33 Total)

*Big Ten - 14
*SEC - 6
*Big 12 - 6
*ACC - 5
*Pac 12 - 2

Other Division I conferences: (49 Total)

Missouri Valley - 14
MAC - 6
Big East - 5
Horizon - 5
Summit - 5
Ohio Valley - 4
Patriot - 3
Atlantic 10 - 2
Big West - 1
Mountain West
- 1
American - 1
WAC - 1
Ivy - 1


 With Illinois being in the heart of Big 10 and Missouri Valley country it's no surprise to see the most commits within those two conferences, but one interesting trend is the amount of Division I programs outside of Illinois coming into the state to fill their rosters. Illinois schools lead the way by a large margin but 23 other states went into Illinois for players. Here's a look at the geographic breakdown of early Division I commits.

Illinois - 31
Kentucky - 6
Texas - 5
Indiana - 5
Missouri - 5
Pennsylvania - 4
Tennessee - 3
Michigan - 3
Ohio - 2
Arizona - 2
D.C. - 2
Wisconsin - 2
Colorado - 1
Arkansas- 1
New York - 1
California - 1
Iowa - 1
Kansas - 1
Maryland - 1
Minnesota - 1
Nebraska - 1
New Mexico - 1
South Carolina - 1
North Carolina  - 1


Division I Early Commits

Name School Pos. Commitment Conference
Nate Styles Warren RHP Air Force Mountain West
Brady Corrigan Plainfield North RHP Arizona State Pac 12*
Brendan Murphy Mundelein LHP Arizona State Pac 12*
Chad Cwik Oak Lawn LHP Arkansas SEC*
Jack McCullough Warren LHP Army Patriot
Jaxon Herchenbach Hinsdale South RHP Austin Peay Ohio Valley
Billy Mote University SS Baylor Big 12*
Keaton Rice Geneseo C Bradley Missouri Valley
Brooks Gosswein Barrington LHP Bradley Missouri Valley
Austin Waeghe Neuqua Valley RHP Butler Big East
James Gargano Neuqua Valley SS Butler Big East
Connor Gurnik Naperville Central 2B Cal Poly Big West
Wyell Woods Marian Catholic OF Eastern Illinois Ohio Valley
Austin Ruesch Edwardsville RHP Evansville Missouri Valley
Michael Stupinski Fenwick RHP Georgetown Big East
Alex Gamache Lake Forest Academy C Georgetown Big East
Ryan Kutt Brother Rice RHP Illinois Big Ten*
Jimmy Burnette St. Laurence OF Illinois Big Ten*
Kellen Sarver Champaign Centennial C Illinois Big Ten*
Dylan Jones Oswego East OF Illinois Big Ten*
Jake McCaw Normal Community 3B Illinois State Missouri Valley
Connor Peplow Plainfield North RHP Illinois State Missouri Valley
Johnny Ray Quincy Notre Dame RHP Illinois State Missouri Valley
Donivan Williams Richards 3B Illinois State Missouri Valley
Justin Diaz Lake View SS Illinois State Missouri Valley
Jake Pomykalski Lincoln-Way East RHP Illinois-Chicago Horizon
Ryan Lin-Peistrup Loyola Academy SS Illinois-Chicago Horizon
Thomas Farrell St. Laurence OF Illinois-Chicago Horizon
Jack Guzek Brother Rice RHP Indiana State Missouri Valley
Zion Pettigrew Mount Carmel SS Iowa Big Ten*
Steven Washilewski St. Rita LHP Kansas Big 12*
Austin Marozas Plainfield South RHP Kentucky SEC*
Michael Dunn Benet RHP Lafayette Patriot
Matt Svanson Lake Zurich RHP Lehigh Patriot
Bobby Miller McHenry West RHP Louisville ACC*
Glenn Albanese Batavia RHP Louisville ACC*
Tom Josten Fremd SS Louisville ACC*
Reid Detmers Chatham-Glenwood LHP Louisville ACC*
Mark DiLuia Marian Catholic RHP Maryland Big Ten*
Zach Mettetal St. Charles North SS Memphis American
Logan Schmitt Plainfield East RHP Miami (OH) MAC
Joe Donovan Westmont C Michigan Big Ten*
Angelo Smith Richards LHP Michigan Big Ten*
Ryan King Brother Rice SS Michigan State Big Ten*
Easton Bertrand Manteno OF Minnesota Big Ten*
Gavin Lovesky Lockport 3B Missouri SEC*
Konnor Ash Plainfield South RHP Missouri SEC*
Sam Faith St. Charles North SS Missouri State Missouri Valley
Jake Jones Oak Forest RHP Murray State Ohio Valley
Mike Addante Jacobs OF Nebraska Big Ten*
Jeffrey Zack Romeoville RHP New Mexico State WAC
Tommy Washington Harlan SS Northern Illinois MAC
Kyle Seebach Rochelle LHP Northern Illinois MAC
Mike Fuentes Bremen RHP Northern Illinois MAC
Matthew McCumber Cary Grove RHP Northern Illinois MAC
Michael Lasiewicz McHenry West RHP Northern Illinois MAC
Charlie Bourbon Stevenson RHP Northwestern Big Ten*
Casey O'Laughlin Fenwick OF Northwestern Big Ten*
Jackson Petersen Libertyville C Pennsylvania Ivy
Bo Hofstra Illiana Christian RHP Purdue Big Ten*
Brian Vance Loyola C Loyola Atlantic 10
Tyler Mettetal St. Charles North LHP South Carolina SEC*
Gabe Schimpf Zeigler-Royalton OF Southeast Missouri State Ohio Valley
Noah Farmer Massac County RHP Southern Illinois Missouri Valley
JT Weber Massac County 3B Southern Illinois Missouri Valley
Stephen Mogged Lakes Community OF Southern Illinois Missouri Valley
Michael Bieterman Aurora Central Catholic C Southern Illinois Missouri Valley
Zach Frieling Chicago Christian SS St. Louis A-10
Brad Czerniejewski Lake Forest OF Texas Christian Big 12*
Ryan Eiermann Naperville Central LHP Texas Christian Big 12*
Ryan Sublette Lemont RHP Texas Tech Big 12*
KC Simonich Lemont 3B Texas Tech Big 12*
Erik Kaiser Waterloo RHP Vanderbilt SEC*
Bobby Seymour Mount Carmel 1B Wake Forest ACC*
Jace Warkentien Winnebago LHP Western Illinois Summit
Caleb Jacobs Normal West OF Western Illinois Summit
Jack Carberry Shepard RHP Western Illinois Summit
Jordan Mikel Plainfield South RHP Western Illinois Summit
Justin Foy Rockridge RHP Western Illinois Summit
Mike Edwards Oak Forest RHP Wisconsin-Milwaukee Horizon
Kevin Lane Sandburg RHP Wisconsin-Milwaukee Horizon
Ryan Altenberger Morton SS Xavier Big East

Not to be left out, but Division II programs from outside states have come into Illinois for players as well, just not quite to the level of the Division I schools. Here's a look at the geographic breakdown of early Division II commits.


Illinois – 20
Missouri – 11
Indiana – 4
Iowa – 3
Michigan – 2
Wisconsin – 2
Alabama – 1

Division II Early Commits

Kade Burns Edwardsville SS Central Missouri
Corey Price Civic Memorial OF Central Missouri
Mike Massaro Providence Catholic C Hillsdale College
Sonny Mentone Antioch LHP Illinois-Springfield
Carter Lawler Hampshire RHP Illinois-Springfield
Brandon Romero Elmwood Park LHP Illinois-Springfield
Jake Armstrong Normal University C Illinois-Springfield
Robert Archbold Warren OF Illinois-Springfield
Ken Brokop Bradley-Bourbonnais RHP Illinois-Springfield
Colton Hale St. Joseph-Ogden RHP Illinois-Springfield
Mason Coon St. Joseph-Ogden LHP Illinois-Springfield
Nick Mayerhofer Plainfield South SS Illinois-Springfield
Eddie Wilkins Reed Custer RHP Illinois-Springfield
John Carpinelli Buffalo Grove 3B Indianapolis
Anthony Cavalieri Fenwick SS Lewis University
Max Warren Yorkville OF Lewis University
Matt Verdun St. Rita SS Lewis University
Karson Aherin Chatham-Glenwood LHP Lindenwood University (MO
Dominic Connolly Lemont SS Maryville University
Joseph Vascik St. Laurence RHP Maryville University
Lane Belleville Teutopolis RHP Maryville University
Hayden Schaefer O'Fallon OF McKendree University
Connor McCormick Manteno C McKendree University
Connor Breyer OFallon 2B McKendree University
Ty Shylanski Belleville West 1B McKendree University
Cody McArthur Tinley Park C Missouri Western State
Nick Wolski Crystal Lake South 3B Missouri-St. Louis
A.J. Davis Mount Zion SS Missouri-St. Louis
Hunter Keim Rock Island RHP Quincy University
Joe Roscetti Williamsville SS Quincy University
Brady McAfee Alton Marquette Catholic LHP Quincy University
Daniel Marks Libertyville OF Rockhurst
Ian Taylor Conant 1B Saginaw Valley State
Jacob Hartline Herrin SS Southern Indiana
Pat Mayo Brother Rice 3B Spring Hill College
Andy Lopez Brother Rice C St. Joseph's (IN)
Scott Garrow Lyons Township OF St. Joseph's (IN)
Noah Schrader
Hampshire OF Truman State
Brenden Butler Oak Lawn SS Upper Iowa
Logan DeWulf Huntley RHP Upper Iowa
Breven Daugherity Joliet West RHP Upper Iowa
Tim Hasto St. Charles North SS Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Anthony Alvarez Taft C Wisconsin-Parkside


High school baseball, not only in Illinois but the Midwest, is alive and well at the moment. The number of commitments mentioned above only represents a portion of the overall commitments in the 2017 class in Illinois. Division III, NAIA and NJCAA commits were not mentioned above as they do not share the same signing period as Division I and Division II institutions.