MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (GCSU RELEASE) – The Georgia College baseball program, head coach Tom Carty and assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Zeke Mitchem have inked eight recruits for the 2015 season during the early signing period. Bobcat baseball will add three junior college transfers and five high school ballplayers.
"We are very excited about this early sign recruiting class for the 2015 season," said Carty. "Under coach Mitchem's leadership, the staff was able to find eight student-athletes who will fill specific needs in our outfield and on the mound. We have 11 seniors on the 2014 team that will need to be replaced, and this recruiting class will help us accomplish that goal. We will still have some other needs to address this Spring, but this class will allow us to focus on those more specific needs to keep Georgia College baseball in the hunt for Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Championships."
• Michael DeSantis OF Southeastern Community College
DeSantis coming to Georgia College from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa where he plays for Justin Schulte. During his freshman year he hit .296 with 11 extra base hits and 14 stolen bases while splitting time between center and right field. DeSantis graduated from West Broward High School in Florida where he received several All-County and All-State awards.
Comments from Coach Mitchem: "We feel that Michael is a great addition to the early signing class, he can play any of the outfield positions due to his plus foot speed and arm strength. He also fits offensively with his ability to steal a base and show damage in the box."
• Austin Dykes LHP South Georgia College
Dykes transferred to South Georgia College for his sophomore year to play for Jeff Timothy after competing at Georgia Perimeter College his freshman season. A graduate of Colquitt County High School in 2012, he went 5-2 on the mound with 40 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.20. Dykes was awarded All-Region and All-State honors his senior season.
Comments from Coach Carty: "Austin is a quality left-handed pitcher that will come to Georgia College with innings and experience. We look forward to following his progression this spring and look for him to be an impact arm for us next year."
• Tanner Giesel INF Southeastern Community College
Geisel is also transferring from Southeastern Community College. He is returning for his sophomore season after being the everyday third baseman his freshman year. Geisel hit .272 as a freshman while leading the team in at-bats; he also had nearly a .400 on-base percentage. The Naperville, Ill. native was All-Conference multiple times at Neuqua Valley High School and was twice ranked in the ESPN Top-50 players in Illinois.
Comments from Coach Mitchem: "Tanner is a physical left side infielder that we identified early in fall recruitment. He has excellent defensive instincts and he will continue to grow through his second season at Southeastern and into next fall, we look forward to adding him to our program.
• John Cassandra RHP West Forsyth High School
Cassandra is a senior at West Forsyth High School where he plays for Mike Pruitt. As a junior Cassandra played on a state playoff team after finishing third in 6A Region 6. He tossed a 2.82 ERA his junior season with 31 strikeouts in 27.33 innings pitched. In the summer, Cassandra was selected to the Georgia Dugout Club Top-100; he also competes with Denny Pritchett Jayhawks in the summer and fall.
Comments from Coach Carty: "We are excited to get John into our program, he has a projectable frame coupled with an excellent feel for pitching. His ability to command three pitches in the strike zone will give him an opportunity to compete as a freshman."
• Charlie Hecht RHP Johns Creek High School
Hecht will be entering his senior season at Johns Creek playing for Billy Nicholson and the defending 6A Region 6 champions. In Hecht's junior season, he pitched 24 innings at a 1.75 ERA to go with a 17 strikeout to only two walks. A Georgia Dugout Club Top-100 selection, he pitches for Team Georgia Baseball Academy in the summer where he threw a perfect game in the CABA World Series.
Comments from Coach Mitchem: "Charlie is a projectable right handed pitcher that has a feel for pitching. He has pitched for a quality high school program that has high expectations; this will serve Charlie well entering into the Georgia College program next fall."
• Chris Jones OF/1B Fayette County High School
At Fayette County, Jones plays in 4A Region 5 for Frank Dixon. During his junior season splitting time between first base and the outfield, he hit .411 with four home runs and 12 RBI while planted in the middle of the order. In summer baseball, Jones played for Foundation Sports, also playing in the Georgia All-Star Game.
Comments from assistant coach Jonathan Wilson: "Chris is a physical kid with plus baseball tools. He fits the Georgia College mold due to his speed and power potential; with development Chris has an excellent future."
• Logan Mattix OF Loganville High School
Mattix will be entering Georgia College after his senior season at Loganville where he plays for Georgia College alumni Jeff Segars. As a junior, Mattix played into the final eight teams in class 5A after being seeded third in Region 8. He was also part of the 2012 State Championship Team. On the field he hit .348 with 13 extra-base hits while scoring 30 runs. Mattix was selected to the Georgia Dugout Top-100 this past summer and rated the top outfielder at the Georgia All-Star Game. He has played summer and fall baseball with Georgia Select and Team Elite.
Comments from Coach Mitchem: "We targeted Logan very early in the recruiting process, he has a skill set that will translate to the Georgia College philosophy quickly and we expect his future to very bright."
• Patrick Matthews RHP Clarke Central High School
Matthews is entering his senior season at Clarke Central and plays for Trey Henson in the very competitive 5A Region 8. As a junior, Matthews pitched 70 innings at a 3.10 ERA with 91 strikeouts. Through his high school career he has set several pitching records at Clarke Central, garnered All-Region distinction and thrown a no-hitter. A Georgia Dugout Top-100 selection in 2012, he plays travel baseball with Georgia Select.
Comments from Coach Mitchem: "Patrick is a recruit that we've known about for several years, he continues to improve as he matures physically. He is an exciting recruit, he has a quick arm and a feel for secondary pitches."