January 19, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College baseball team beefed up its roster for next fall with the addition of eight recruits this past week. The signees include four pitchers, two outfielders and two infielders. One of the four pitchers can also play the outfield.

Headlining the incoming class are Collin Clayton of Edwardsville and Reid Pope of McCracken County, Ky.

Clayton is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound outfielder/shortstop. As a junior, he batted .389 with two homers and 29 runs batted in. He is currently ranked the 46th-best player in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report.

“Collin is an effortless athlete with big-time baseball tools,” said Logan recruiting coordinator and assistant coach, Page Kirkpatrick.

Pope is listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds and plays the outfield when not pitching. He is ranked the No. 30 prospect in Kentucky by Prep Baseball Report.

“Reid has a chance to be a good two-way guy,” Kirkpatrick said. “He has a mid-to-upper 80s fastball and can also play the field and hit with some pop.”

Hill is a 5-foot-8, 155-pound second baseman/outfielder. He batted .397 as a junior with three homers and was clocked in 6.6 seconds in the 60-yard dash. He is rated the 66th-best player in Illinois and is described by Kirkpatrick, as “a game changer on the bases, who has more pop than his size would indicate.”

Jeremy Gaines (5-9, 170) is a middle infielder from River Forest High School in Oak Park. He had originally committed to Missouri before changing his mind. He batted .349 last year and runs the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds. He is ranked as the 73rd-best player in Illinois by PBR.

“Jeremy is solid across the board. He can run, defend and will hit,” Kirkpatrick said.

Cameron Touchette (6-1, 175) is from Columbia High School. He batted a stunning .556 last spring and stole 46 bases in 46 attempts. He was second in the St. Louis area in hitting and first in stolen bases. He was First Team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro and is ranked No. 113 by PBR.

“Cameron is a hard-nosed, high-energy kind of guy,” Kirkpatrick said. “I consider him a throwback player from another time.”

Adison Wildharber (5-11, 165) is from Ballard Memorial High School in Kentucky. The righthanded pitcher possesses a mid-to-upper 80s fastball.

“He can really pitch and may be one of the sleepers in this recruiting class,” Kirkpatrick said.

Ricky Raisor (6-1, 175) is from Highlands, Ky. Another righthanded pitcher, Raisor throws a mid-to-upper 80s fastball with a good three-pitch mix.

“I saw him throw a one-hitter against a nationally-ranked summer league team,” Kirkpatrick said.

Davin Marcomb (6-3, 180) is from Rockford East High School. A righthanded pitcher, he has a fastball that has been clocked as high as 90 mph.

“Davin has one of the fastest arms I saw last summer,” Kirkpatrick said. “I think he has an exciting upside.”

Kirkpatrick said all of Logan’s recruits come from highly successful high school and summer league programs and are proven winners.

“And that’s the kind of culture we are looking for,” he said. “These kids know how to win and hate to lose.”

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead described the new class of recruits as “talented and good fits” for the Logan program.

“Now, it’s just a matter of whether or not we get to keep our recruits after the spring season. Some Division I schools may make offers and some may get drafted in the Major League Draft in June. We never know from year to year how many of our recruits we get to keep. Hopefully, we will keep them all. If so, I think it will be a wonderful class to build around.”