Prep Baseball Report

NC Insider: Evaluating the Early Signing Period - Part V

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

The early signing period has come and gone.  Over 215 players in North Carolina have made a commitment to a school of their choice.  While some players may not sign in the early period, for numerous reasons, this week does provide the opportunity to dive into the commitments from across the state. 

At the Division I level, all 16 in-state schools received commitments from North Carolina players.  UNC Wilmington led the way with 10 in-state commitments.  Appalachian State is right behind them at 9 commitments.  Duke and High Point dipped into their home state receiving one and two commitments respectively. 

Traditionally, other levels of baseball across North Carolina have been very strong, featuring a roster full of North Carolina players.  The 2018 class has the opportunity to continue that tradition. 

To dive into the signing period and get a glimpse at each school’s future, we will be looking at each school individually and briefly breaking down their 2018 class.  The schools may have more commitments in their class than listed, as each listing will only highlights the North Carolina commitments that are present in the PBR commitment database.  The player rankings and average rank per player in the class comes from the recently updated North Carolina Class of 2018 Rankings

South Carolina made the biggest splash with in-state commitments, landing four highly touted athletes.  The Gamecocks welcomed in a new coaching staff this past summer but the draw of playing in Columbia, in the SEC, allowed the staff to retain the NC players already locked down. 

As we look at the Division II, III, and JUCO commitments, we are only highlighting players currently ranked in the NC Top 300.   While there are some other commitments coming to each school, we will take a brief look at some of the top commitments, highlighting featured players with a scouting report and video.  Each player listed is linked back to their player profiles so fans can see scouting reports, past news stories, and video collected by PBR's staff. 

NC Early Signing Period Commitments

South Carolina

  • 4 Committed Players from South Carolina
  • Average Rank of NC Committed Players – 8
  • Top Pitching Commit – Owen White
  • Top Position Commit – Xavier Bussey









Owen White


Jesse C Carson



South Carolina

PLUS:  A look at South Carolina's full class with video on featured commits.  Early commitments from Belmont Abbey, Catawba Valley CC, Lenoir-Rhyne, Pfeiffer, UNC Pembroke, Wake Tech CC, and Wingate.


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