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Ohio State Baseball Recruiting News (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Baseball' started by Buckeyefan9, May 14, 2010.

  1. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Back from the dead!
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  2. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Should point out that the Bucks landed the #1 player in Ohio in 2017 (Lonsway). They also have commitments from the #1 in 2019 and 2020. Joey Velazquez OF (DeSales) and McKenzie Wainwright OF (St Ed’s) respectively. Can’t recall a run like that on #1 guys in Ohio for us. I’m tellin ya that B1G tourney run really seemed to jump start recruiting

    Velazquez is only 16 but already looks like a college upperclassmen


    I think Wainwright is only 15 in this pic

    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  3. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Heard a lot about velazquez...stud
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  4. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Boom! #1 player in Ohio for 2021 LHP Gavin Bruni (Alliance) committed to Ohio St today! It’s exciting to see all these guys committing but actually getting them on campus is the real fight. Lonsway made it known he was gonna be hard to sign and fell in the draft because of it. Not sure we’ll get that lucky with all these other guys.
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  5. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Welcome to Buckeyes Nation Gavin!!!
  6. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Interesting. Michigan offered Joey Velazquez football. Not sure if it’s committable or not.
  7. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Back off hairball!
  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    The next Bo? Ohio State baseball commit Joey Velazquez dreams of 2-sport future

    Joey Velazquez stares down the quarterback during a September 2017 game against Lancaster (Ohio).
    Ryan Donnelly/Land of 10
    Ryan Donnelly
    Posted 2 hours ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joey Velazquez has never set small goals for himself. And why would he? The 6-foot, 208-pound athlete has been a star on both the diamond and gridiron as long as he can remember. He’s a star outfielder and pitcher at Columbus St. Francis DeSales, ranked as the top baseball prospect in Ohio’s 2019 class by Prep Baseball Report, and starred all over the football field for the Stallions as well.

    Running back, receiver, linebacker, safety. If you needed him to do something, you could consider it done.

    “I’ve always, ever since I was a little kid, thought I was going to be like Bo Jackson and play both sports in college. I’ve always prepared myself and had that mindset that I would play both,” Velazquez told Land of 10. “I’ve always been working toward that and making that my goal.”

    Velazquez has been committed to Ohio State’s baseball team since September 2016, despite offers coming in from around the country. However, despite high billing with a bat in his hand and a legitimate chance to be drafted by a major-league team next spring, he’s never given up the dream of being one of those guys.

    You know the ones — the athletes so rare that we can usually identify them by one name. Bo. Deion. Thorpe. The kind of players who have the talent to excel at the professional level in two sports have their highlights played back for decades after they hang up the cleats.

    Velazquez is not in that group yet. He has years of work ahead of him before that becomes a conversation. He knows that. However, on Tuesday, the Ohio prospect took his first step toward achieving his dreams.

    Velazquez lands his first football offer — from Michigan
    “[Michigan] has just offered me today for the first time for football and baseball. I was just in the coaches office and looking at my Hudl when they called. … They told me they were looking at my film and thinking about offering me and asked if I was still interested in playing football. I said of course and just explained that I wanted to keep my options open.

    “Then, Coach [Jim] Harbaugh came on the other end and told me that I could play both football and baseball. I couldn’t be any happier,” Velazquez gushed. “I love playing football and it’s a dream come true to play Division I football. When I got that news I was just like — I was walking on cloud nine. It was unreal.”

    During his conversation with the coaching staff, Michigan told Velazquez that they view him as fitting into their viper position — a hybrid of outside linebacker and strong safety that’s received attention after the play of Wolverines Jabrill Peppers and Khaleke Hudson.

    For the Stallions, Velazquez excels on both sides of the ball. During the 2017 season, he was second on the team in rushing yards (356), rushing TDs (7), receptions (17), all-purpose yardage (495), tackles (50), interceptions (2) and kick return yardage (148). He led DeSales in deflected passes with 4. Although he’s somewhat of a Swiss Army knife in high school, Velazquez sees specialization in his future.

    “I would play anywhere a school needs me, but I definitely prefer playing defense. I love hitting people,” he stated.

    Velazquez has some impressive numbers to bring to bear whether he plays football or baseball. He benches at 390 pounds, squats at 570 and deadlifts at 600. It’s not just strength, either. The kid has speed, too, running a reported 4.54 40-yard dash and 6.84 60-yard dash as a high school junior.

    Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never stops
    After growing up in Columbus, it goes without saying that Velazquez is well-aware of the high-profile rivalry between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. He acknowledged the awkwardness of landing a Michigan offer after spending 18 months committed to play at Ohio State, but it did nothing to dull Velazquez’s excitement about the news.

    “I did grow up an Ohio State fan and do root for the Buckeyes. It’s a little weird,” he laughed. “But I’ve had friends and cousins [Wolverines defensive backs coach Mike Zordich] that coach at or go to Michigan. I’ve always thought it’s kind of awesome to think about, you know. The chance to play Division I football anywhere is just a dream come true.”

    The Ohio State football program also is interested in the local prospect, and Velazquez intends to work out for the Buckeyes during one of their June prospect camps, he said. Should Urban Meyer extend an offer to Velazquez down the road, it might be too difficult to say no to the idea of staying at home and keeping his commitment intact.

    “[A football offer from Ohio State] would be really ideal and make everything work out a lot better,” Velazquez admitted. “It’s hard to think about if that also happens. If that happens and making everything work out perfectly with the coaches and all that, that would really be the biggest thing.”

    What’s next for Joey Velazquez?
    Of course, it’s entirely possible that an even more attractive opportunity comes around. Given the MLB’s gargantuan draft process that results in the selection of more than 1,200 players, Velazquez has a real chance to be drafted to the pro ranks.

    MinorLeagueBall’s Michael Cook reported that 146 high school prospects signed with MLB teams (out of 312 who were drafted) during the 2017 draft process. Given Velazquez’s stature as one of the top 100 baseball prospects in his graduating class, the chance he’s drafted is a possibility that must be considered.

    “That would be something else. Coming out of high school to the draft, that would be unreal. That would definitely probably be the number one choice, depending on where I go or when I get drafted and all that,” Velazquez said, also noting he could still choose to attend college if he were drafted. “Obviously, getting a college education is most important. … I still have to consider my future and sit down with my parents and talk about what’s best for me and what has to happen for me to be successful at the next level.”

    The next step for Velazquez will be continuing to sort out the thoughts, feelings, and options for college athletics that lay in front of him. He’s built long-lasting relationships at Ohio State after years of being recruited by baseball coach Greg Beals and his staff.

    He has the option to attend Ohio State — his local program, his childhood favorite and one of the most high-profile universities in the country — and go to school alongside his sister, an Ohio State student who also works in the Buckeyes athletic department.

    Now, Velazquez also has a chance to pursue his dreams of being a two-sport star and etching his names into the annals of Big Ten history at Ohio State’s rival. Michigan is an elite university in its own right and offers many of the same perks that he could find in Columbus. Chasing legends named Bo and Deion — coincidentally, Velazquez plays summer ball for Bo Jackson Elite — while achieving childhood dreams is an intoxicating image for a young athlete.

    Velazquez will begin his two-sport recruitment by making an unofficial visit to Michigan on April 21, alongside 4-star defensive tackle and high school teammate Rodas Johnson. The trip was planned before the Wolverines offered, but now the dynamic has changed.

    The world is at Joey Velazquez’s feet right now. He just has to figure out which step to take.
  9. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Buckeye bound: Stark County baseball players choosing Ohio State
    By Josh Weir sports writer
    Posted Apr 3, 2018 at 4:58 PMUpdated Apr 3, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Alliance’s Gavin Bruni and Jackson’s Trent Jones just the latest local products to pick the Buckeyes

    Stark County is becoming quite the pipeline for Ohio State baseball.

    Alliance freshman Gavin Bruni and Jackson sophomore Trent Jones verbally committed to the Buckeyes last week. They join Jackson junior pitcher Yianni Skeriotis and Marlington senior infielder Zach Dezenzo as Buckeye recruits. Skeriotis verbally committed in September, while Dezenzo signed with head coach Greg Beals’ program in November.

    Ohio State already has Stark products Dillon Dingler (Jackson), Jake Vance (Central Catholic) and Nate Romans (Walsh Jesuit) on its roster.

    Jackson head coach Bill Gamble explains it this way: “What they’ve caught up to is they’re seeing a lot of good baseball in Stark County.”

    Gamble used “they” because he doesn’t mean just Beals.

    The county currently boasts 12 Division I baseball commits or signees. That includes an SEC recruit in Massillon junior Jonathan Machamer (South Carolina), whose older brother Chris is a sophomore pitcher for Kentucky.

    “There’s just a lot of top-end talent in Stark County right now,” said Gamble, whose program has won two of the last four Division I state championships. “It’s great to see Power Five conferences tapping into that. These guys look the part. They fit the mold. And the cool thing is they’re doing it right in the classroom, too.”

    Stark County Division I college baseball recruits

    Player, school, class (college)

    *Ryan Bergert, GlenOak, sr. (West Virginia)

    Gavin Bruni, Alliance, fr. (Ohio State)

    Kasey Centeno, Perry, jr. (Cincinnati)

    *Zach Dezenzo, Marlington, sr. (Ohio State)

    Trent Jones, Jackson, soph. (Ohio State)

    Aidan Longwell, Massillon, soph. (Kent State)

    Jonathan Machamer, Massillon, jr. (South Carolina)

    Carson Nicodemo, Lake, soph. (Nebraska)

    Yianni Skeriotis, Jackson, jr. (Ohio State)

    *Ryan Thompson, Perry, sr. (Toledo)

    Brody Ware, Hoover, jr. (Liberty)

    Bryce Warwick, Perry, jr. (Youngstown State)

    * - indicates player has signed with college

    In terms of looking the part, Jones and Bruni both are 6-foot-3.

    The rangy Jones, who bats left and throws right, has a lot of natural athleticism. “A two-way prospect” according to Gamble, Jones is batting in the top half of the Polar Bears’ order, plays the outfield and pitches.

    “You can see that he’s going to be able to carry some good weight on that slender frame of his without losing his athleticism,” Gamble said.

    That’s what so much of recruiting is: projecting what a player is going to be down the line.

    Jones didn’t play varsity last year for the state champion Polar Bears. Bruni committed to Ohio State before ever playing in a high school game.

    But these kids have been on college radars for a while through showcases and other avenues.

    Bruni, who is about 190 pounds, doesn’t look or play like a ninth-grader.

    A left-handed hitter and thrower, Bruni has a fastball that can touch the 90s. He’s Alliance’s No. 1 starting pitcher, bats in the 2-hole and also plays centerfield and first base.

    “He’s been that kid forever,” Alliance head coach Jeff Graffice said. “He’s always been bigger, faster and stronger than everybody.”

    Graffice actually coached Bruni’s mom, Kim, in softball at Alliance. She was a two-time All-Federal League performer.

    Bruni had interest from LSU, Vanderbilt and Duke, among others, Graffice said.

    “He wants to be a two-way college player,” Graffice said. “He’ll probably get a shot at it at Ohio State, whereas in the ACC or SEC he probably would be a pitcher only.

    “But the kid can play high school baseball right now, anywhere he wants.”
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  10. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Bruni definitely has a D1 bat, imo. Trent Jones is currently the 17th ranked player in Ohio’s 2021 class. Already 6’3”, likely projects as a pitcher. The other guy mentioned Yianni Skeriotis is similar in build to Jones. Top 10 in Ohio class 2019 and projects as a pitcher as well.
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  11. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Just for fun, let’s take a look at former Buckeye committ Zack Shannon. Zack never signed here. Ended up at Wabash and then Delta St. in 34 games this year, he’s hitting .447 with 22 HR and 68 RBI and slugging a cool 1.061.
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  12. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Holy shit!
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  13. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    headed to watch my son and his Watkins Memorial teammates as they battle Desales tonight so Im hoping to get a scouting report on Mr. Velazquez
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  14. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Velazquez looks the part thats for sure. Played CF and batted cleanup. In the OF was a little shaky. Indecisiveness on a couple bloopers led to Watkins first runs. At the plate he looked legit. Watkins threw one of our junior pitchers and he was pumping pretty good mid 80s with a decent curve.

    Went 2-4 4 rbi
    Mile high flyout to cf
    Smoked a deep drive that our CF made a diving catch on the warning track
    RBI double to right center
    3 run jack to right center

    Watkins won though 12-5 lol
    Last edited: May 8, 2018
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  15. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Thanks for the report. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s much of a chance Joey ends up here. Other schools are now offering him in football claiming he can play baseball too. It’s only a matter of time before he heads elsewhere, imo . Really a no brainer to take the full ride in football somewhere else because he won’t get such an offer here.

    Michigan St poached Jase Bowen from Norte Dame using this same tactic

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