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Ohio Insider: An In-Depth Look At Recruits Headed Outside Of The State


By JD Heilmann and Dylan Hefflinger

Ohio Scouting Director and Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

In-depth look at recruits who have signed to d1 programs outside of the state

Year in and year out, Ohio is one of the highly, nationally recruited states for baseball. In 2012 six of the top 10, in 2013 eight of the top 10 and in 2014 seven of the top 10 prospects headed outside of the Buckeye state to play collegiately. The prospects headed as far West as Stanford (Griffin Weir) and Loyola Marymount (Cassidy Brown), as far East as North Carolina (Cameron Varga) and North Carolina State (Cory Wilder), as far South as Florida International (Jack Schaaf) and as far North as Michigan (Jayce Vancena and Daniel McKinney).

The trend continues with the Class of 2015 as seven out of the top ten players elected to leave the state to further their baseball career.


Vanderbilt made a big splash in 2012 with a commitment from Xavier Turner (Sandusky) and once again Vanderbilt felt real comfortable coming into Ohio and snagging the top two prospects from the 2015 class. Watkins Memorial RHP Chandler Day ended his highly followed recruitment by selecting the Commodores. You could tell from the start that Day wanted to head down south when he narrowed his choices down between Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Louisville, and Kentucky.

The number two ranked player in Ohio behind Day was Vandy’s next target, outfielder DJ Wilson. Wilson only visited three schools in the recruiting process, but when he stepped on Vandy’s campus, it didn’t take long for him to jump on board.

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