Recruiting Notebook: Where Northern Virginia’s Top D3 Commits Will Play

December 11 - After advancing to the Division III College World Series last spring, Randolph-Macon College has continued its success on the recruiting trail this offseason.

According to the latest Class of 2019 state rankings by Prep Baseball Report, the Yellow Jackets have commitments from seven players ranked in PBR’s Top 200, including four in the Top 100. Much of the recruiting by the Ashland school’s coaching staff has been focused in the greater Richmond area.

None of the players in Randolph-Macon’s current class are from Northern Virginia schools.

The opposite is the case at Mary Washington and Christopher Newport, who have comparable classes based on the PBR rankings. Mary Washington has four recruits from the Top 200 state ratings - including Potomac Falls catcher Andrew Gerhart (168) and Paul VI Catholic left-hander Nick Ortega (200) - and the Eagles also have area commits in right-handers Noah Adcock-Howeth (Lake Braddock), Zach Adams (W.T. Woodson) and Logan Watts (Hayfield) in addition to middle infielders Jonathan Sedmak (Loudoun Valley) and Xavier Herring (Fairfax). The Fredericksburg school has 16 total recruits in its incoming class.

Christopher Newport, meanwhile, has four ranked in PBR’s Top 200, including Kettle Run right-hander Zach Ewald (73), West Springfield lefty and outfielder Alec Reilly (173) and Chantilly righty Connor Pennell (174). The Captains also have commitments from Yorktown lefty Aiden Henning, T.C. Williams righty Evan Waldner and Freedom-South Riding catcher Drew Caroline.

Roanoke, which is just two years removed from its own College World Series appearance, has two Top 200 recruits, including Fauquier lefty and outfielder Carson McCusker (82). Marymount also has two in the Top 200 - Paul VI Catholic catcher John Barrie (152) and Lake Braddock middle infielder Bobby Leitzel (167) - along with a third area recruit in Robinson righty and outfielder Max Henry.

Other Top 200 area players committed to Division III schools include: Jefferson lefty Todd Hartman (71) to Johns Hopkins; Spotsylvania righty Brian Baker (151) and George Mason righty Jay Nesson (163) to Washington (MD); and Highland School outfielder Dylan Fisher (170) to Lynchburg.

O’Connell Grad Liverpool to Transfer from WVU to UNCW

Will Liverpool, a 2017 graduate of Bishop O’Connell, is transferring to UNC-Wilmington after one season at West Virginia, he announced via Twitter on Sunday.

A 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed pitcher, Liverpool did not make an appearance in his one campaign with the Mountaineers. He was awarded a redshirt and has four years of eligibility remaining, and will play for UNCW as a scholarship player.

Liverpool earned first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors as an outfielder in his senior season with the Knights, and earned second-team honors as a junior in 2016.

“Will has a really quick arm and loves to compete,” West Virginia coach Randy Mazey told when the Mountaineers announced their recruiting class in November 2016. “With a year of size, strength, and development, Will could be extremely successful as a pitcher at this level.”

He will join a Seahawks program that went 39-23 and 14-9 in the Colonial Athletic Association last spring, when they won the CAA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament under coach Mark Scalf.

Photo of Zach Ewald courtesy of Kettle Run Baseball