The East Tennessee State University athletic department announced that Keith Davis (Bristol, Va.), Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.), Trevor Smith (Newport, Tenn.) and Justin Clear (La Follette, Tenn.) have signed National Letters of Intent to join head coach Tony Skole's Buccaneer baseball program for the 2002 season.
Moore earned All-Knoxville Interscholastic League honors for Knoxville Catholic High School last spring. The catcher/infielder hit .544 with five doubles and eight triples in 2000. On the mound, Moore went 5-3 with 74 strikeouts and a 2.81 earned run average.
"We are extremely excited to have a player of the caliber of Caleb Moore commit to play baseball at East Tennessee State," Skole said. "Caleb was heavily recruited by many top programs and we are proud he chose ETSU.
"Caleb is a very versatile athlete who can do many things well on the baseball field. He is a fine young man and represents the quality of individual we are building our program with here at ETSU. I have no doubt that he will be a success both off and on the field. Buccaneer fans will enjoy watching this young man play in the years to come."
Davis, a 6-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher, earned district player of the year honors in 2000 for head coach Jimmy King at John Battle High School. Davis went 10-1 on the mound and collected 104 strikeouts. He compiled a 0.95 earned run average in 65 innings pitched.
During his junior season in 2000, Davis earned All-State honorable mention honors while leading John Battle to the Virginia High School State Championship. He also earned First Team All-Region and team most valuable player honors.
"We are extremely excited about Keith Davis joining our baseball family here at East Tennessee State," Skole said. "Keith has been recognized as one of the top players in the state of Virginia. He has put together a spectacular high school career.
"Keith will have the opportunity to make an immediate contribution to our success. He is a fine young man that is blessed with tremendous size and athletic ability. Keith has a very bright future ahead of him at ETSU."
An infielder and pitcher, Smith earned numerous honors following his junior season at Cocke County High School. Smith was a Johnson City Press Super 22 selection and the 2000 IMAC Conference Player of the Year. An all-State Tennessee Sportswriters honoree, Smith also earned All-Region honors from the Tennessee High School Coaches Association.
During his junior season, Smith hit .390. On the mound, Smith was a perfect 8-0 with 97 strikeouts and three saves. He compiled a 1.37 earned run average in 61 innings pitched.
"Trevor is a young man blessed with a tremendous amount of ability," Skole said. "He is a very versatile athlete who will contribute as a pitcher and also a position player. Trevor is not only one of the top players in East Tennessee, but also one of the top students. We are very proud to have Trevor in our program. He will epitomize what the collegiate student-athlete should represent."
Clear, an infielder from Campbell County High School, hit .420 with 27 runs batted in as a junior. An outstanding fielder, Clear earned a .980 fielding percentage during the 2000 season.
"Justin is one of the finest defensive infielders at the high school level in the state of Tennessee," Skole said. "He has superb actions and is very solid fundamentally. We anticipate Justin becoming a very good college hitter and making an immediate contribution to our program. Justin is a tremendous individual who plays the game the way it is supposed to be played."
Davis is the first signee to Skoles 2002 recruting class. ETSUs 2001 recruiting class was ranked among the top-50 nationally by Collegiate Baseball News.