Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 3 in the Nation

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Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 3 in the Nation

BATON ROUGE — LSU’s 2002 recruiting class is rated No. 3 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball magazine. The ranking marks the third straight year LSU has finished among the top three in the annual recruiting survey.

LSU was ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball recruiting survey in 2000 and 2001.

Georgia Tech is No. 1 in the 2002 recruiting poll, followed by Cal State Fullerton, LSU, Florida State, Clemson, Texas, UCLA, South Carolina, Stanford and Arizona.

Other SEC teams appearing in the Top 25 are No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 16 Ole Miss, No. 20 Auburn and No. 21 Florida.

LSU’s recruiting class features four players who were selected in the 2002 draft. They are right-handed pitcher Justin Gee of Sarasota (Fla.) High School (25th round, San Francisco Giants), right-handed pitcher Brandon Nall of Dothan-Wallace (Ala.) Community College (31st round, Atlanta Braves), outfielder Ryan Patterson of Texarkana (Texas) Junior College (34th round, Atlanta Braves) and left-handed pitcher Clay Dirks of Hernando (Miss.) High School (42nd round, Philadelphia Phillies).

LSU signees who were selected in the 2001 draft include right-handed pitcher Billy Sadler of Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College (30th round, Seattle Mariners) and outfielder Quinn Stewart of Odessa (Texas) Junior College (38th round, Arizona Diamondbacks).

The Tigers’ class includes several other highly touted prospects, including catcher Matt Liuzza of Rummel High School in Metairie, La., left-handed pitcher Greg Smith of Alexandria (La.) High School, pitcher/infielder Will Harris of Slidell (La.) High, shortstop Matt Horwath of Lake Mary (Fla.) High School, right-handed pitcher Justin Meier of West Orange High in Windermere, Fla., and right-handed pitcher Nate Bumstead of the College of Southern Idaho.

LSU assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Turtle Thomas continues to enhance his reputation as one of the nation’s best recruiters. Thomas, who served as the recruiting coordinator at Miami (Fla.) from 1989-99, has produced eight classes ranked among the top three in the country.

Thomas assembled at Miami No. 1 classes in 1989, 1992 and 1994, and No. 2 classes in 1991 and 1999. His LSU classes have earned the No. 2 ranking twice (2000, 2001) and the No. 3 ranking this year.

2002 Collegiate Baseball Recruiting Class Rankings
1. Georgia Tech
2. Cal State Fullerton
3. LSU
4. Florida State
5. Clemson
6. Texas
7. UCLA
8. South Carolina
9. Stanford
10. Arizona
11. Miami, Fla.
12. Southern California
13. Baylor
14. Arizona State
15. Mississippi State
16. Mississippi
17. Rice
18. Tulane
19. Hawaii
20. Auburn
21. Florida
22. Oklahoma State
23. Nebraska
24. California-Irvine
25. Oral Roberts