Johnson City, Tenn. -- The East Tennessee State baseball team's 2002 recruiting class was named one of the top-50 recruiting classes in the United States Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball News.
This is the second consecutive year that coach Tony Skole and his coaching staff have been recognized for having a top-50 recruiting class.
"This is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of my assistant coaches Nathan Goulet and David Shelton," said Skole. "We take a great amount of pride in our recruiting and those two individuals along with our players deserve all of the credit."
The recruiting success that ETSU has had since Skole arrived is a part of the Skole's system. "Two years ago, when we arrived on campus, we implemented our system and a recruiting plan, and it is nice to see it begin to develop," said Skole.
The coaches have made a concerted effort to recruit some of the best players that the East Tennessee region have to offer. "To have our second class in a row ranked in the top-50 in the country is special because it consists of 13 freshmen (10 of whom are from East Tennessee) that are not only talented individuals, but also quality young men," commented Skole.
The following is the 2002 ETSU recruiting class: Michael Bauer (Kingsport, Tenn.), Kevin Brotherton (Erwin, Tenn.), Davis Burklin (Knoxville, Tenn.), Justin Clear (LaFollette, Tenn.), Matt Conkin (Knoxville, Tenn.), Keith Davis (Bristol, Va.), Mike Giroud (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brian Jenkins (Charleston, S.C.), Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.), Trevor Smith (Newport, Tenn.), Jason Spina (Bristol, Tenn.), Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Mitchell Turner (Knoxville, Tenn.). "We sincerely believe that it is an honor and a privilege to be a baseball player at ETSU, and we hope to continue to attract those special, high quality individuals."
"We have to be very patient, but hopefully this is an indication that the future is bright for ETSU baseball," said Skole.
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