Prep Baseball Report

Class of 2015 Commitments Update: Inside the Numbers

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The number of highly ranked prospects that have already come off the board in the PA Class of 2015 continues to be a topic of discussion. This class certainly didn't sneak up on us, but the number of commitments and the speed at which they occurred was a bit of a shock. 

As recently as early September we reported on the fact that eight of the top 15 prospects in the class had announced commitments to ACC and SEC schools. In just three short months the number of Division I commits among the top 15 ranked prospects has ballooned to 13. Just No. 7 ranked C/3B Willie Burger and No. 13 ranked RHP Jake Potock have yet to announce a college decision.

The numbers become even more impressive as you move down the list a bit further. SS/RHP Chris Rabasco, a Midwest Future Games participant for Team PA, and RHP Brian Albert remain uncommitted at No. 21 and No. 24 respectively. Rabasco has made several unofficial visits and has received heavy interest following a strong showing for Team PA. Albert is coming of arm troubles that hampered him in 2013, but could become one of the most sought after pitchers in the class if he is able to return to form.

In total, 21 of the top 25 ranked prospects in the class have announced college plans as of today. With Rhett Jacoby announcing his verbal commitment to Penn State this week, the Nittany Lions lead the race in garnering the state's talent in this class. Penn State has received commitments from five prospects thus far outdistancing Virginia (3), Duke (2), Indiana (2) and Wake Forest (2).

The total number of commitments in the class sits at 29. With the NCAA Division I quiet period upon us, the flurry of announcements is likely to slow down for a period of time. Look for additional activity to begin in earnest early next summer. Following is a look at the current list of commitments in the class.

class 2015 commitments

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 John Aiello PA Germantown Academy 2015 SS Wake Forest
2 Kyle Datres PA Loyalsock Township 2015 SS North Carolina
3 Jimmy Webb PA Loyalsock Township 2015 OF Wake Forest
4 Travis Blankenhorn PA Pottsville Area 2015 SS Kentucky
5 Jake McCarthy PA Scranton 2015 OF Virginia
6 Eli Nabholz PA Pottsville Area 2015 RHP Penn State
8 Mike Nikorak PA Stroudsburg 2015 RHP Alabama
9 Connor Higgins PA Parkland 2015 LHP Indiana
10 Culver Hughes PA West Chester East 2015 RHP Virginia Tech
11 Zach Wielgus PA William Penn Charter 2015 LHP East Carolina
12 Dylan Cyphert PA Cranberry 2015 LHP Penn State
14 Luke Glavin PA Loyalsock Township 2015 RHP Duke
15 Ben Dum PA West Perry 2015 RHP VCU
16 Joey Baran PA Hazleton Area 2015 LHP Boston College
17 Ryan Karstetter PA State College 2015 3B Virginia
18 Zach Guth PA Franklin 2015 LHP Indiana
19 David Yanni PA Central Bucks East 2015 SS Pitt
20 Cameron Simmons PA Spring-Ford 2015 OF Virginia
22 Jimmy Herron PA La Salle 2015 OF Duke
23 Ryan Sloniger PA Punxsutawney 2015 C Penn State
25 Brett Kinneman PA West York 2015 OF NC State
26 Nick Falso PA Wissahickon 2015 SS Ohio University
31 Connor Klemann PA Spring-Ford 2015 SS Penn State
32 Rhett Jacoby PA Parkland 2015 RHP Penn State
37 Cole German PA Council Rock North 2015 OF Maryland
39 Mark Gentilotti PA Malvern Prep 2015 SS Delaware
41 Jon Fisher PA Plymouth-Whitemarsh 2015 RHP James Madison
46 Tim Brennan PA Holy Ghost Prep 2015 RHP St. Joseph's
102 Zack Zoller PA Spring-Ford 2015 OF Temple

* Temple University announced it would be dropping seven sports, including baseball, at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

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