A lineup of MVPs, all-state players and heat-throwing pitchers have inked 13 letters of intent with BYU baseball from the November signing period.
Three junior college players join 10 prepsters signing with the Cougars. The juco players are right-handed pitcher Brady Corless and outfielder Nick Urban from Salt Lake Community College and left-handed pitcher Austin Kamel from Oxnard College in California.
Signing from the Utah preps are pitcher Maverick Buffo from Spanish Fork High, catcher/infielder Colton Shaver from Jordan High. Signing from Arizona are outfielder Ronnie Adair and Cameron Richins — both from Mesa. Signing from Idaho are pitcher/first baseman Bo Burrup from Pocatello and pitcher/infielder Lincoln Clayton from Idaho Falls. Pitchers Jackson Bishop, Seth Huxford and A.J. Jones signed from Missouri, Indiana and Colorado, respectively. Infielder Brian Hsu is from San Ramon, Calif.
Urban played at Dixie College under BYU coach Mike Littlewood and his staff prior to a church mission to Oklahoma. Huxford is currently serving a mission to Florianopolis, Brazil, and Burrup finished high school early to begin serving a Spanish-speaking mission to Baltimore, Md.
Adair is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound outfielder, from Mesa, Ariz., whose school is Mountain View High. He batted .345 with 30 hits, nine RBIs, three doubles, one triple, one homer, went 15-18 in stolen bases and had a .406 on base percentage last season. He's an All-City player, a scholar-athlete and was named 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game. He lettered twice in baseball and has played for the Diamondbacks Elite Scout team the past two summers. Adair's father, Raith, played baseball for Yavapai CC and UTEP. He was also recruited by Stanford, TCU, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Mary’s and Ohio.
“Ronnie is a dynamic athlete that has played at a very high level," Littlewood said. "He should be an impact guy for us when he returns from his mission.”
Bishop is a right-handed pitcher and plays outfield. He's 5-10 and 170 pounds, and he attends Montgomery County High and is from Jonesburg, Mo. He's a 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game and has been First Team All-Eastern Missouri Conference, Second Team All-Area and All-District. He had an 8-1 record with a 1.48 earned run average and 82 strikeouts. Bishop was also a team captain, lettering four years in baseball and football and twice in basketball. He played for the St. Louis Gamers and was also recruited by Missouri State, Missouri, Mississippi State and Creighton.
“Jackson is a high pitchablity guy that has not even scratched the surface of his potential," Littlewood said. "We look forward to getting him back from his mission and competing for us on the mound.”
Buffo is a 6-2, 195-pound, right-handed pitcher from Salem, Utah, who attends Spanish Fork High. He had a 5-2 record last season and was honorable mention all-state for 3A. Buffo played for the Utah Bucks and was recruited by Washington State, Oregon State, Utah Valley and SLCC.
“We are grateful to keep Mav close to home, rated as the top high school pitcher in the state." Littlewood said. "He has a big arm and will come in and help us immediately.”
Burrup is a left-handed pitcher and first baseman. He's from Pocatello, Idaho, atteds Highland High. This 6-5, 225-pound player had an 8-1 record with a 1.10 earned run average and two saves last season in high school. He had a 7-2 record with a 1.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 10 games for the Utah Bucks in summer ball. He's been all-state, three-time all-conference in baseball and all-region as a left tackle in football. Burrup was captain in baseball and football. He left this month to serve a Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Baltimore, Md. His uncle played for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and is a member of the hall of fame at the University of Colorado-Pueblo. Burrup was also recruited by Stanford, Washington, Washington State and Utah Valley in baseball, as well as Boise State and Big Sky schools in football.
“Bo is going to be fun to watch here when he returns from his mission," Littlewood said. "He is a projectable LHP that could hit for some serious power.”
Clayton is a 5-9, 179-pound right-handed pitcher and infielder. He's from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and he attends Bonneville High. He's was all-area, first team all-conference in football as a running back, wide receiver and defensive back. Clayton ran an 11.4 in the 100 meters and a 4.54 in the 40. He's lettered twice in baseball, three times in football and once in basketball. His older brother, Porter, pitches for the University of Oregon. He was also recruited by Western Washington, New Mexico State, San Diego and SLCC.
“Lincoln is a great athlete," Littlewood said. "He can really run and has been up to 93 mph on the mound. He is very raw so it will be exciting to watch him develop.”
Corless is a right-handed pitcher from Spanish Fork High School, as well as Salt Lake Community College and Spanish Fork High. This 6-2, 210-pound player was 6-4 with a 2.26 earned run average in 67.2 innings with 61 strikeouts in 12 starts and threw three complete games last year. He's been selected as All-Scenic West Conference. He's also been an All-American, listed on the Area Code Games, on the Hard 9 All-Tournament Team, a 3A Pitcher-of-the-Year and an All-State and All-Region player. His high school team was two-time state champions. Corless was also recruited by Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego, Utah, New Mexico, Miami, Kentucky and Hawaii.
“Brady is one of the highest touted players to come out of Utah in awhile," Littlewood said. "He was chosen to play in the Perfect Game All-American Game and has been great at SLCC. We expect him to come in and be a leader on our staff immediately.”
Hsu is a 6-1, 175-pound middle infielder. He attends Dougherty Valley High and is from San Ramon, Calif. He batted .364 with three doubles as a junior. He was on the All-Diablo Valley Athletic League and second team as a sophomore offensive MVP of the team and co-golden glove for his team. He played summer ball for the EJ Warriors. and lettered once in basketball and twice in baseball. Hsu lived in Taiwan as a toddler, and he was also recruited by UC Davis and Cal State East Bay.
“Brian is a big physical middle infielder," Littlewood said. "He can really hit and we feel he has the potential to be a true shortstop at this level.”
Huxford is a 6-3, 196-pound right-handed pitcher, who attended Concord High School and is from Goshen, Ind. He's two time all-state, academic all-state and led his state with 118 strikeouts. He was a three time all-Northern Lakes Conference, had a 1.22 ERA and a 10-0 national team top tier record in summer ball. He had a 21-6 career record in high school. Huxford is the No. 2 rated player in Indiana by Prep Baseball Report. He throws in the mid-80s and had a three-year record of 24-5 in American Legion ball. He's currently serving a church mission to Florianopolis, Brazil, and his older brother played at New Mexico Military Institute. Huxford was recruited by Louisville, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
“Seth is another great athlete. We are excited to get him on campus and watch him grow as a baseball player," Littlewood said. "We are lucky to have him here at BYU.”
Jones is a 6-10, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. He attends ThunderRidge High and calls Highlands Ranch, Colo, home. He had a 9-1 record with a 2.62 earned run average in 76 innings last season. He was All-Continental League and honorable mention all-state. His team won the state championship, and he lettered three times in baseball. He was also recruited by Oregon State, Nebraska, Kentucky, San Diego State, Utah and Utah Valley.
“We are excited to get A.J. on campus," Littlewood said. "He is a super competitor that has already pitched in a lot of big games, including the 2012 state championship. A.J. will help us immediately.”
Kamel, who attended Oxnard College and Oaks Christian High, is a 6-7, 225-pound left-handed pitcher. He had a 1-2 record with a 2.25 ERA and 29 strikeouts in four starts. He was all-tournament in the Big League Dugout Classic and played summer ball for the Santa Barbara Grizzlies, starting every game. He has been contacted this year by a dozen Major League teams. His mother was on the ski team at the University of Oregon, and his father played basketball at USC. He has been clocked at 92 mph and was also recruited by San Francisco, Iowa and New Mexico State.
“Austin is a 6-7 LHP that is 87-91 mph with pitchability right now," Littlewood said. "He’s an imposing figure on the mound and will bring a lot of experience with him.
Richins, who's 5-11 and 170 pounds, plays infield. He attended Desert Ridge High and is from Mesa, Ariz. He batted .430 with 41 hits, five doubles, three triples and was 20-20 in stolen bases. He was all-region and second team all-state as a team captain and three time letterman last season. He played for the Arizona Dodgers in summer baseball, and his father played baseball for Ricks College. He was recruited by Washington and Pittsburgh.
“Cam is an explosive infielder that really knows how to play the game," Littlewood said. "He plays in a great league. It will be fun to see him grow as a player when he returns from his mission.”
Shaver plays catcher and the infield. He's 6-1, 215 pounds, attends Jordan High and is from Riverton, Utah. He hit nine home runs and seven doubles for a plus .500 batting average. He was all-state, MVP of Region 3,and academic all-region. Shaver played for the Utah Bucks, and his father, Greg, played football for Mesa State.
“Colton has big power potential and will be a great hitter here," Littlewood said. "Rated as the top position player in the state, we are happy he chose to be a Cougar."
Urban is a 6-2, 175-pound outfielder from Las Vegas. He's played for Salt Lake Community College, Dixie State College and Arbor View High. He attended SLCC after serving a mission to Tulsa, Ok. He played for Dixie State in 2011 where he batted .349 in 16 games. He was the PacWest Player of the Week when he led the league by batting .714 in six games and four starts during the Red Storm’s 5-1 week and went 10-for-14 with six runs scored, three doubles, six RBIs and three walks for a .929 slugging percentage and a .765 on-base mark. In high school, he was all-state, All-Southern Nevada, All-Sunset Conference, Northwest Division Player of the Year and batted .520 with 41 RBIs, 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 19-19 in stolen bases.
“Nick comes to us from SLCC but played for us at Dixie before his mission," Littlewood said. "He is a very polished player that knows exactly what we expect from him.”
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