Recruiting Notebook: Mason Adds Stieg, Miles to 2020 Class

August 3 - George Mason doubled its 2020 recruiting class this week, adding McLean outfielder Drew Stieg and Woodgrove infielder Wyatt Miles. 

Stieg was a second-team All-Region 6D selection after hitting .408 with 31 hits, eight doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI while helping the Highlanders win the Liberty District championship. His younger brother, Griffin, committed to Virginia Tech this spring and earned first-team all-region honors as a freshman. 

Both brothers play in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program. Miles, who hit .286 with six extra-base hits and six RBI for the Wolverines this spring, plays with the EvoShield Canes.

Stieg and Miles join a Patriots class that includes Centreville outfielder Thomas Trinca and Kellam outfielder Jordan Smith. George Mason was 19-35 overall and 5-19 in the Atlantic-10 Conference this season under longtime coach Bill Brown. 

Eikhoff Commits to Coastal Carolina in Busy Final Week of Recruiting Period

Ryley Eikhoff (Patriot), who decommitted from Virginia earlier this summer, announced via his twitter handle on Thursday that he will play at Coastal Carolina. 

The commitment of Eikhoff concludes a busy final week of the NCAA’s summer recruiting calendar for area players. 

Virginia Tech, which has committed over a dozen players in both the 2019-20 classes and has eight recruits already in its 2021 class, added two area rising sophomores in Woodbridge infielder Carter Newman and Colgan right-hander Ryan Kennedy. They join a Blacksburg-bound class that also includes right-hander Bryce Dolby (Paul VI Cathoic) and outfielder Griffin Stieg (McLean). 

Four other area rising seniors also made commitments to Division I programs this week: West Potomac lefty Adam Fischer to William & Mary, Brentsville District righty Vince DiMauro to High Point, Heritage righty Dylan Saale to Longwood and Loudoun County catcher Sean Garvin to Mount St. Mary’s. 

Stafford’s Lambros Shines at PBR’s Futures Games in Georgia

After helping Stafford win the Class 5 state championship in June, first-team all-state outfielder Elijah Lambros has posted a successful campaign on the summer recruiting circuit. 

That has continued this week at Prep Baseball Report’s Futures Games in Georgia. 

Lambros, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound rising junior who plays with the Richmond Braves travel program during the offseason, posted a 6.69 60-yard dash and was clocked at 90 MPH on a throw from the outfield during the event’s first day of showcasing on Wednesday. Games started on Thursday and right-hander Nathan Knowles (Yorktown) flashed a fastball that topped at 88 MPH. Yesterday, catcher J.T. Carter (Fredericksburg Christian) homered and Lambros turned heads with a running catch in the gap and also had a hit. 

Lambros, Knowles, Carter and outfielder Ryan Cuadros (Lake Braddock) are playing for Team Mid-Atlantic, while right-hander Wyatt Shenkman (Riverside) is playing for Team Select. 

Over 200 colleges are reported as being represented at the four-day event, which is being held at the LakePoint facility in Cartersville, GA.

NCAA’s Condensed Fall Recruiting Period to Debut Next Month

After a quiet period from Aug. 19 to Sept. 12, the NCAA’s fall recruiting contact period will run from Sept. 13 to Oct. 13. 

The adjusted window for Division I and Division II college coaches to travel to watch potential recruits and have contact with those players is more than three weeks shorter than in previous years. It comes as part of changes implemented to relieve stress placed upon college coaches, who are also with their teams for practices and scrimmages during the fall. 

During a contact period, players are able to take unofficial and official visits and coaches are able to have home visits or other in-person meetings off campus, evaluate players at high school and travel/showcase competition, make phone calls and send letters and emails. 

Following the four-week contact period, there will be a quiet period through February with short dead periods in the middle of November and early January. During a quiet period, players are able to take visits and coaches are able to make calls and send letters and emails but not attend competition for evaluation. That is also the case during a dead period, when only calls, letters and emails are allowed and campus visits can occur but without a meeting with a coach.

The same rules don’t apply for Division III coaches, who are unable to offer athletic scholarships.

Photos of Drew Stieg, left, by Joey Kamide and Riley Eikhoff, right, by Fred Ingham