Recruiting Notebook: National Signing Day Approaches on Nov. 13

October 28 - Seven area programs have multiple seniors committed to Division I programs as national signing day approaches next month. 

The beginning of the NCAA’s signing period begins on Nov. 13, the first day student-athletes can sign their National Letter of Intent with colleges. 

The seven schools with multiple Division I senior recruits: Bishop O’Connell (left-hander Jake Berry and infelder Eddie Eisert); Briar Woods (catcher Nathan Cmeyla and infielder Nick Famiglietti); Colgan (outfielder Ryley Johnson and lefty Everett Catlett); Madison (right-handers Michael Schultz and Ryan Murphy); McLean (right-hander Teddy Merritt and outfielder Drew Stieg); Osbourn Park (outfielder Shane Saunders and infielder Jed Barrett); and South Lakes (right-hander Jack Thompson and infielder Ryan Dooley). 

Over 30 area seniors have committed thus far to Division I programs. 

Crozier’s C5T Academy to Hold Pro Showcase Next Month

Crozier's Five Tool Baseball Academy is hosting its Mid-Atlantic Pro Showcase on Nov. 16-17 for committed juniors and seniors, with players working out in front of professional scouts at the Tyson’s Playground facility. 

Players invited to attend will come from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and will be evaluated with metric technology such as Hittrax, Rapsodo and Trackman. Position players will workout on Nov. 16, with pitchers on Nov. 17. 

For more information or to register, click here.

Mountain View’s Gregory to Pitch at Penn State

Mountain View junior Seneca Gregory committed earlier this week to pitch at Penn State, announcing his decision via Twitter. 

“I’m extremely excited to announce my commitment to The Penn State University,” he wrote. “I’d like to thank my parents, coaches, and friends for helping me get to where I am today.”

Gregory becomes the Stafford school’s first Division I pitcher since 2017 graduate Justin Pearson, who is pitching at William & Mary. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-hander plays in the offseason with the Pinnacle Prospects travel program. The Wildcats (10-12) advanced to the Region 5D semifinals last spring before falling to Halifax County. 

Penn State was 22-27 overall and 4-18 in the Big Ten Conference last season in coach Rob Cooper’s sixth season. Gregory will become the first player from Northern Virginia to suit up with the Nittany Lions since right-hander Reid Frazier (Flint Hill) in 2015. 

Neaves Transfers to Chesapeake 

Avery Neaves (South Lakes) has transferred to Chesapeake (MD) College after spending last year at another junior college, St. Johns River State College in Florida. 

The catcher helped Vienna Post 180 win the American Legion state championship and advance to the World Series in North Carolina over the summer. He was a second-team All-Liberty District selection as a senior in 2018. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Madison’s Michael Schultz by Albert Jacquez, Eric Crozier courtesy of C5T Academy, and Avery Neaves courtesy of Vienna Post 180