Big news dropped for the Texas baseball program last week on the recruiting trail when they landed the nation’s top 2020 class.
While the misfortunes continued of late on the recruiting trail for the football program, the Texas baseball program was roaring with their 2020 class. The 2018 AP Coach of the Year David Pierce powered Texas to land the top ranked 2020 signing class in the nation, according to Baseball America Rankings.
The Texas Longhorns baseball program hauled in the nation’s top 2020 signing class over a handful of SEC powerhouses and one other Big 12 school that found themselves inside the top 10. The only other Big 12 baseball program that ranked inside the top 10 2020 signing classes in the nation were the rival Oklahoma Sooners.
And the other four programs that rounded out the top five classes in the country were the Vanderbilt Commodores, Arkansas Razorbacks, UCLA Bruins, and Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Of all the schools ranked inside the top 10 in the nation, six were out of the SEC. The next best ranked school from the Big 12 behind Texas and Oklahoma were the TCU Horned Frogs, at No. 12. Texas, Oklahoma, and TCU were the only three from the Big 12 listed within the top 15.
The Longhorns landed the top ranked 2020 high school prospect in the nation with right-handed pitcher Jared Kelley. He will compliment a solid staff of lefties and righties that also features left-handed pitcher and California native Lucas Gordon.
One of the best hitters in this signing class was a fellow California product, outfielder Petey Halpin. He will provide a nice compliment alongside one of the top ranked JUCO hitters in the nation, catcher Ivan Melendez.
Altogether, the Longhorns inked down 14 players in this 2020 class that was ranked well ahead of any other in the Big 12 for this recruiting cycle. A down year for a young Texas baseball squad in 2019 should be rectified before too long. The 2021 season could be pretty special for Texas on the diamond.
Texas has plenty of resources to continue this excellence on the recruiting trail for the baseball program. Hopefully a turnaround during the 2020 season could lead to more promising results for the 2021 cycle.
Thus far, Texas only has six commitments for the 2021 recruiting class.