Baseball inks 11 in fall signing class
Nov. 22, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - The UT Arlington baseball team signed 11 players to scholarship during the fall signing period, coach Darin Thomas announced Tuesday.
The class includes three outfielders - Charles Taylor, Justin Copeland and Alec Isaac - four infielders - Peter Cuomo, Jordan Hawkins, Darien McLemore and Eric Tate - and four pitchers - E.K. Everett, Tyler Jones, Jacob Moreland and Brad Vachon.
"I am very pleased not only with the quantity of the kids that we got but also with the quality that we got," Thomas said. "Overall this is a very good class. We got most of our needs taken care of - especially position-player wise. This was a very good class. We had very good response to our recruiting efforts and we did not get a lot of `No's.'"
UT Arlington's early signing class also features a balance between JUCO transfers - Copeland, Cuomo, Hawkins, Jones, Tate and Vachon - and high school players - Everett, Isaac, McLemore, Moreland and Taylor.
Thomas said the incoming players are a great fit for his program both on the field and in the classroom.
"All of these kids are very good students," Thomas said. "That fits in well with what we are trying to do. Not only do we get a lot of high-school kids who excel in the classroom, we got a bunch of junior-college guys with very good grades."
Justin Copeland, OF, Texarkana JC, Lindale, Texas
What UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas is saying about the Fall Signing Class of 2011:
Justin Copeland: "Justin comes in with an immediate impact bat. He is a corner outfielder that gives us that impact-type junior-college bat that you always hope to get. We are extremely happy that we got him."
Peter Cuomo: "Peter is a very hard-nosed, confident, good leader. He is the type of kid who, after he came in and visited, I really liked. He makes really good grades, too. I really like his makeup as far as coming in and being an immediate leader."
E.K. Everett: "E.K. has tremendous upside. His best days are definitely ahead of him. The sky is the limit for him. He has the ability to get a lot better and it's already good. I am really looking forward to working with him and seeing his progression."
Jordan Hawkins: "Jordan is similar to Tate and Copeland because he is the impact bat of Copeland, but he is also a guy that I have seen play right field, third base, second base, catch and close. I know that sounds far-fetched but it is the truth. We look for him to come in and play mainly as an outfielder but he could play third. We look forward to following his progress as a closer at Rose State as well. He is playing for a good coach in Cody Cooper at Rose State in Oklahoma. We are trying to make some inroads in Oklahoma a little bit. He is one we feel very fortunate to get because he is a good baseball player."
Alec Isaac: "Alec is a guy with a lot of tools who is a very good high school outfielder. He grades out with a plus-arm, a plus-runner, plus-power. He has a lot of tools and I think he will be a great fit here. We are very happy to get him."
Tyler Jones: "Tyler has a big arm, big upside. He has very good grades. He is a very good kid. I like the improvement I have seen from one year to the next. If he keeps getting better, the sky is the limit for him. We plan on him coming in and making an immediate impact as an arm."
Darien McLemore: "He is a switch-hitting infielder that is a very, very good bat. He is a true switch hitter, which is very hard to find these days. He can really hit from both sides of the plate. He has a really good high school bat. He is a second baseman who knows how to play the game and has great makeup. We are really excited to get him."
Jacob Moreland: "Jacob is what I would consider an athletic high school pitcher. He has a good breaking ball with good sink and good action on his fastball. He is a very aggressive kid who came to camp. I really like him."
Eric Tate: "Eric is a true baseball player. He can play shortstop, third, second and can catch. He has very good makeup and makes very good grades. He gives us a lot of versatility because he can play numerous positions. I liked him not only as a shortstop but also as a catcher."
Charles Taylor: "He is a very, very athletic outfielder. He has had a tremendous career as a high school quarterback for a very successful Mansfield Timberview team. We are very happy to get him - that he has chosen baseball over football. I think he has a big future in the game."
Brad Vachon: "Brad is a conference starter-type arm from Cisco that we went after pretty hard. We liked him. He threw well for them as a freshman. He is the type of guy that has the ability to come in and pitch right away for us."