Recruiting Notebook: Potomac Falls’ Savino Will Sign With Virginia, Enroll in January

November 5 - Nate Savino, who will graduate a semester early from high school, intends to sign his National Letter of Intent on Nov. 13 and will enroll at the University of Virginia in January. 

Once he enrolls at the Charlottesville school, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander will become ineligible for the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. He will next be eligible in 2022, once he’s completed three years of eligibility with the Cavaliers. Savino is rated as the No. 2 prospect nationally by Prep Baseball Report and No. 5 by Perfect Game in the Class of 2020 and is viewed by national scouting services and evaluators as a potential first round pick. 

In the magazine’s story on Oct. 8, we reported that the two-time NOVA Nine Team selection would graduate early and skip his senior season with the Panthers. It was unknown at the time whether he planned enroll early at Virginia or remain eligible for the draft. Savino and his family have made their decision, and it will become official once he signs his NLI a week from tomorrow in a ceremony at the school. 

Over his three years with the Panthers, Savino was 13-4 with a 1.25 ERA and 220 strikeouts to 45 walks in 112.1 innings, averaging 1.96 strikeouts per innings and posting 10 starts with double-digit strikeouts. This past summer, he pitched in multiple All-American games as well as for USA Baseball’s 18U National Team.

At Virginia, he’ll join a program that has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 14 of 16 seasons under coach Brian O’Connor, who led the Cavaliers to their first national championship in 2015.

Rams’ Shenkman Commits to East Carolina

Riverside’s big ace is off the board. 

Wyatt Shenkman, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior right-hander, committed yesterday to pitch at East Carolina University, making the announcement via Twitter. 

“I am beyond excited to announce that I have committed to further my academic and baseball career at East Carolina University,” wrote Shenkman, who was 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA while helping the Rams win the Dulles District and Region 4C titles and advance to the Class 4 state final. “I would like to thank my family, close friends, and all of my coaches throughout the years.”

Shenkman, who has played in the offseason with the Diamond Elite and EvoShield Canes travel programs and pitched this past summer at the Commonwealth Games, becomes ECU’s fifth area recruit since 2016. Others from Northern Virginia include left-hander Jake Agnos (Battlefield), right-hander Carter Spivey (Paul VI Catholic), shortstop and pitcher Zach Agnos (Battlefield) and outfielder Ryley Johnson (Colgan). 

“We are very proud and happy for Wyatt choosing ECU to continue his education and baseball career,” Riverside coach Sam Plank wrote via text message. “Wyatt has worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to play Division I baseball.”

The Pirates went 47-18 this past season under coach Cliff Godwin, who has guided them to two American Athletic Conference championships and four NCAA Tournament berths in his five seasons. Jake Agnos, the 2016 NOVA Nine Player of the Year, was an All-American selection after going 11-3 with a 2.29 ERA and setting school single-season (145) and career (295) records for strikeouts. 

Woodgrove’s Hile to Play For Furman

Christian Hile, a junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman at Woodgrove, committed over the weekend to play at Furman, Wolverines coach Rusty Smith confirmed on Sunday night. 

The 6-foot, 190-pound Hile as a second-team All-Dulles District selection in the spring, when he helped Woodgrove go 13-9. He was 3-1 with a save while posting a 2.42 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings, and he hit .262 with a .366 on-base percentage and 12 RBI. 

Furman was 26-31 overall and 13-11 in the Southern Conference this past spring in coach Brett Harker’s third season. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Nate Savino courtesy of USA Baseball, Riverside’s Wyatt Shenkman and Woodgrove’s Christian Hile by Michael Ferrara