Recruiting Notebook: Following Kuhn’s Departure, Gagen Decommits from Virginia

August 28 - Independence’s Bradley Gagen has decommitted from Virginia following the departure of longtime pitching coach Karl Kuhn, who last week was named as the new head coach at Radford. 

The sophomore left-hander, who transferred from Paul VI Catholic over the summer, wrote via Twitter that he had “made the decision to reopen my college recruitment,” 10 months after initially committing to the Charlottesville school. Gagen was 3-2 with a save, a 2.33 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 30 innings with the Panthers this past spring, and joins Brandon Clarke (Alabama) and Bryce Dolby (Virginia Tech) as Division I pitching recruits who are transferring into Loudoun County’s newest school. 

Earlier this summer, he helped his EvoShield Canes travel team win the title at the Perfect Game WWBA 15U National Championship in Georgia. He’s the No. 13-rated recruit in Prep Baseball Report’s ranking of Class of 2022 players in Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

Gagen’s decision comes two months after Patriot senior right-hander Riley Eikhoff decommitted from Virginia. Eikhoff has since made a commitment to Coastal Carolina. The Cavaliers could also lose Potomac Falls lefty Nate Savino, a projected early pick in next year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Bishop O’Connell’s 6-foot-9 senior southpaw Jake Berry is also reportedly on the radar of professional scouts. 

Other area pitchers committed to the Cavaliers include Justice junior lefty Dean Kampschror and St. John’s (D.C.) sophomore righty Jack O’Connor, a resident of Arlington. Justice coach Randy Lightle said tonight that Kampschror had been in touch with the Virginia coaching staff and remains committed to the program. 

Broad Run’s Rebok Commits to Towson

Justin Rebok committed earlier this month to play at Towson, becoming Broad Run’s first Division I recruit since 2017 graduate Zach Buck went on to play at Holy Cross. 

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior right-hander has compiled a 3.72 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 47 innings in 18 appearances over the past two seasons. He also hit .317 with a .408 on-base percentage and 15 RBI this past spring as the Spartans went 16-10 and made their first state tournament appearance since 2011. 

“Justin’s an excellent example of a kid who has worked hard, trusted the process of getting better each day and focused on helping the team win any way he can,” Broad Run coach Tommy Meier wrote via text message.

Rebok plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program. 

Towson went 14-39 overall and 7-17 in the Colonial Athletic Association this past season. 

Estridge Latest Battlefield Hurler to Commit to Division I Program

Sophomore pitcher Carson Estridge committed earlier today to West Virginia, becoming Battlefield’s sixth Division I pitching recruit since 2016. 

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound right-hander will join juniors Jackson Baird and Cole Snead on a talented young Bobcats pitching staff in the spring. Baird has committed to pitch at George Mason and Snead will pitch at Randolph-Macon. All three pitchers - Estridge, Baird and Snead - play in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program. 

Estridge and Baird join Jake Agnos (East Carolina), James Beasley (Hofstra/George Mason), Keagan McGinnis (Virginia Tech) and Zach Agnos (East Carolina) as recent Battlefield hurlers to pitch at the Division I level. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Bradley Gagen courtesy of Paul VI Baseball, Broad Run’s Justin Rebok by Fred Ingham and Battlefield’s Carson Estridge courtesy of the Marucci Stars