ATLANTA – The Georgia State baseball program signed eight high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period, head coach Greg Frady announced.
The class includes four pitchers, three infielders and one catcher. Seven of the eight hail from Georgia, including six from Metro Atlanta, while the eighth is from Texas. Five signees are Perfect Game All-Americans, three earned first or second-team all-state honors in Georgia, and three led their teams to state titles last spring.
“This is a very important year in our recruiting process,” Frady said. “With us losing so many seniors, we needed to really hit the mark in certain positions in order to bolster our team for the future. I think we’ve done that with right-handed and left-handed pitching, right-handed and left-handed hitting, and a combination of power and speed.
“I’m excited to see what his group can do for the next four years,” he added.
RHP * 6-1, 180 * Loganville, Ga. (Loganville)
Right-handed pitcher who was a 2017 High School All-American by Collegiate Baseball … 2017 first-team all-state and Player of the Year in Class AAAAA by Georgia Dugout Preview magazine … Led Loganville High School to the 2017 state title, following a runner-up finish in 2016 … Threw no-hitter for a 3-0 victory in Game 1 of the championship series vs. Wayne County, one of three no-hitters he tossed … Also pitched a three-hit shutout vs. Ola in the second round of the state playoffs … Region 8-AAAAA Pitcher of the Year … First-team all-region and all-county … Set school record for lowest ERA by a starting pitcher at 0.85 while striking out 103 in 72 innings … Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American in 2016 and 2017 … Rated the No. 36 right-handed pitcher and No. 114 overall prospect in Georgia by Perfect Game.
1B * 6-5, 210 * Stone Mountain, Ga. (Redan)
Big first baseman with a powerful right-handed bat … Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American in 2016 and 2017 … Rated the No. 13 first baseman in the nation by Perfect Game, which also ranked him No. 3 among first basemen and No. 42 overall in Georgia … Plays at Redan High School.
LHP * 6-4, 205 * Loganville, Ga. (Loganville)
Left-handed pitcher who is one of two pitchers signed from 2017 Class AAAAA state champion Loganville High School … Also helped Loganville to a runner-up finish in 2016 … 2017 second-team all-state by Georgia Dugout Preview magazine … First-team all-region … Went 3-0 in the state playoffs, including a no-hitter vs. Ola in Game 3 of their round-of-16 series … Posted a 1.41 ERA as a junior, ninth-best in school history … Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American in 2017 … 2016 Rawlings Preseason Underclass Honorable Mention All-American … Eight-time all-tournament selection for the 2016 and 2017 travel ball seasons … Rated among the top 20 left-handed pitchers in Georgia by Perfect Game … Outstanding student on the Principal’s List.
INF * 5-11, 180 * Evans, Ga. (Lakeside)
Versatile infielder and left-handed hitter … Led Lakeside-Evans High School to the state playoffs in Class AAAAAA … Earned all-county honors … Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American in 2017 …Rated among the top third basemen in Georgia by Perfect Game … Nephew of head coach Greg Frady.
RHP * 5-11, 185 * Dripping Springs, Texas (Dripping Springs)
Right-handed pitcher from Dripping Springs (Texas) High School … Named first-team All-District 26-5A … Rated a Top 200 prospect in Texas … Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American in 2017.
SS * 6-0, 180 * Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah)
Shortstop for Etowah High School, the 2017 state champions in Class AAAAAAA, Georgia’s largest classification …Multi-sport athlete who is a wide receiver on the football team, helping Etowah reach the 2017 state playoffs.
C * 6-2, 185 * Acworth, Ga. (Allatoona)
Left-handed hitting catcher who earned second-team all-state honors in Class AAAAAA as a junior … Helped Allatoona High School reach the quarterfinals of the state playoffs …Rated the No. 10 catcher and No. 50 overall prospect in Georgia by Perfect Game …Father, Brandon Smith, played professional baseball.
RHP * 6-1, 170 * Sugar Hill, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
Right-handed pitcher from North Gwinnett High School … Top reliever for squad that reached the final four of the state playoffs in Class AAAAAAA, Georgia’s largest classification … Worked as a top starting pitcher for the Game On Braves in summer baseball … Numerous academic awards including National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.