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Marshall baseball signs 12 to 2024 signing class

Marshall University Baseball head coach Greg Beals announced his first signing class as skipper of the Herd on Tuesday.

“This is a group of high character young men that will be great additions to the ‘Brotherhood’ of Marshall Baseball,” Beals said. “On the field this group will bring balance, athleticism, competitive experience and academic excellence to our program. There is a clear focus on the strength and depth of our pitching staff. 

Beals signed 12 new student-athletes for his inaugural class after his first season in Huntington.

“Putting a group of prospects like this together requires the tireless work of our entire staff and department,” Beals added “I greatly appreciate the support and contributions made by Jake Aganus our Academic Coach, Chris Hightower our Strength Coach, and Bryan Booth our Athletic Trainer. It has been fun watching our baseball staff, Tim Donnelly our Associate Head Coach and recruiting coordinator, Pitching Coach Taylor Sandefur, Assistant Coach Blair Everhart and Director of Operations Brian Karlet come together.  Today is an indication of all their work.” 

Ben Cohen                     
INF – R/R – 6′     
Waccamaw HS – Pawley’s Island, SC
HS Coach – Camren Schildt
Summer Team – Power Baseball SC
“A multi-sport athlete in high school, Ben has the speed and athleticism to play both in the infield and outfield.  His speed and versatility will be a nice addition to the program.”

Kenyon Collins                         
RHP – 6’1   
Cabell Midland HS – Ona, WV            
HS Coach – Tracey Brumfield
Summer Team – Ohio Hitman
“Kenyon is ‘ball player’ and a winner, he was a key to his high school’s state championship.  We are excited about his impact in our program.  He is athletic and a very clean mover on the mound.”

Josh Ferguson
RHP/1B – 6’3       
Evansville Central HS – Evansville, IN        
HS Coach – Robbie Frank        
Summer Team – Indiana Nitro
“Josh is a two-way athlete with arm strength to pitch successfully for us, his Fast ball / breaking ball combination make him tough to hit.  He also has potential in his powerful left-handed bat.”

Caleb Furmage                        
C – L/R – 6’2       
Salem HS – Salem, VA                          
HS Coach – Jimmy Winterer
Summer Team – Dirtbags
“Caleb is a strong left-handed hitting catcher, he posses a strong arm behind the plate and smooth swing with power potential.”

Jackson Golden                       
C – R/R – 6’2       
Lake Brantley HS – Apopka, FL          
HS Coach – Eric Entrekin
Summer Team – Orlando Scorpions
“Jackson is a strong defender behind the plate which is number one for the catching position.  He has arm strength that can control the running game.  And his bat is icing on the cake.”

Will Gubba                     
C – R/R – 6’1       
West Allegheny HS – Pittsburg, PA            
HS Coach – Bryan Cornell
Summer Team – Team Ohio Pro Select
“Will is a strong-armed catcher, he also has the athleticism and versatility to play in the outfield.  A student of the game, we foresee his growth being exponential.”

Davis Gunn                    
RHP – 6’4   
South Oldham HS – Crestwood, KY             
HS Coach – Matt Walker
Summer Team – Louisville Legends          
“Davis is a physical strong-armed righty with feel for a plus change-up.  He is a strike thrower with the ability to mix his pitches, a combination that will allow him to compete immediately.”

Cooper Hinson
OF – L/R – 6’1     
Bloomingdale HS – Valrico, FL          
HS Coach – Kris Wilkin
Summer Team – Ostingers Academy
“Coop can flat out hit.  I foresee his abilities making an immediate impact to our offense.”

Peyton Jackson                       
RHP – 6’5   
Boyd County HS – Catlettsburg, KY            
HS Coach – Frank Conley
Summer Team – Louisville Legends
“Peyton has a big arm and a very high ceiling.  We are very excited about his player development and working to see how good he can become.”

Rivers Johnson                        
RHP – 6’5   
Aynor HS – Aynor, SC                        
HS Coach – Chad Sarvis
Summer Team – Power Baseball SC           
“Rivers is a long, lean and very athletic pitcher.  A multi-sport athlete in high school, we see serious growth coming as he begins to focus solely of baseball.”

AJ McAninch
RHP – 6’2   
Bishop Watterson HS – Columbus, OH       
HS Coach – Jeff Boulware
Summer Team – Bo Jackson Elite     
“AJ can really spin the baseball and he is a fierce competitor.  Those two traits project him to make an immediate impact to our pitching staff.  AJ quarterback’s his high school football team that is still alive in the playoffs.”

Clint Moak                      
RHP – 6′     
Hamilton HS – Hamilton, OH             
HS Coach – Joey Lewis
Summer Team – CBC Marucci Blackhawks
“Clint has an elite feel for commanding the baseball.  He is a clean mover on the mound.  His athleticism and pitchability will serve him well at the next level.”

Angel Santiago-Velazquez                
SS – R/R – 5’10   
Sunset HS – Hiaheah, FL                             
HS Coach – Julio Mendoza
Summer Team – South Florida Lime
“Angel is a very talented athlete.  He is a very skilled defensive infielder with the ability to be an impact bat as well.  He plays with great energy and we are excited to bring him and all his attributes to The Herd.”

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**Press release from Marshall University – HERDZONE – 11/14/2023 10:33:00 AM | Baseball

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