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Nationally Ranked Recruiting Class

Sept. 21, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. ( – Florida State’s 2011-12 baseball recruiting class earned its first national ranking of the season as it ranked 16th-nationally according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.

The rankings are based on players who enroll at school this fall. Athletes who initially signed with a school and then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.

The Seminoles welcomed 17 newcomers to this year’s recruiting class including 16 freshmen and one JUCO transfer. The class is made up of seven pitchers including five left handers, two infielders, two outfielders, two catchers and four utility players (players that are listed on the roster at two or more positions including pitcher and catcher).

“I feel that we have brought in a very good group of athletes,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We don’t know where many of them will play at the present time, but we are very comfortable with our recruiting class. The strength certainly lies in the pitching area – with the loss of Sean Gilmartin, Daniel Bennett and Mike McGee – as that was our main priority. I think that we did a good job of getting a good group of arms to fill those holes.”

Four student-athletes were selected in the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft as each of them decided to temporarily put their professional career on hold and attend Florida State. Those four individuals include Mario Amaral (drafted 17th round by Milwaukee), Luke Weaver (19th round, Toronto), Jose Brizuela (46th round, Cincinnati) and Brandon Leibrandt (48th round, Tampa Bay).

Information regarding the start of the fall baseball season will be released at a later date and time. Stayed tuned to for further information, while fans can follow the Garnet & Gold all season long on twitter @FSU_Baseball.

Collegiate Baseball’s 2011-12 Recruiting Class Rankings
1. South Carolina
2. Vanderbilt
3. Mississippi
4. Oklahoma
5. Southern California
6. Miami, Fla.
7. LSU
8. Florida
9. Oregon State
10. Stanford
11. Louisville
12. Texas
13. Southern Miss
14. NC State
15. Cal State Fullerton
16. Florida State
17. Virginia
18. Arizona
19. Arkansas
20. Mississippi State
21. Georgia
22. Arizona State
23. Auburn
24. UCF
25. Kentucky
26. North Carolina
27. Oklahoma State
28. Rice
29. TCU
30. Oregon
31. Clemson
32. UNLV
33. Washington
34. Wichita State
35. College of Charleston
36. Alabama
37. Georgia Tech
38. Texas A&M
39. UCLA
40. East Carolina/Kansas


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