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Cowboys Baseball: More Recruiting Praise

by John Helsley Modified: October 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013

 

Oklahoma State baseball coaches Rob Walton, Josh Holliday and Marty Lees, from left, pose for a photo before the team leaves for its regional in Louisville on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma State baseball coaches Rob Walton, Josh Holliday and Marty Lees, from left, pose for a photo before the team leaves for its regional in Louisville on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.

We learned the other day that OSU’s baseball recruiting class for 2013 is ranked No. 4 by Baseball America, the highest spot the Cowboys have ever held in BA’s class rankings, which date back to 2000.

The magazine raves about the depth of OSU’s class, as well as the addition of premium pitchers Garrett Williams and Thomas Hatch.

“We’ve got arms — the kind you need to be a national-caliber team,” said Cowboys recruiting coordinator Marty Lees.

But there’s more, much more, to Baseball America’s report, most notably a prediction that the Cowboys are only getting started in building a power program, predicting OSU’s 2014 class could be stronger.

From the premium site story found here: “It should be no surprise that Oklahoma State secured a banner class given the recruiting chops of the coaching staff.”

Josh Holliday, entering his second season as head coach, was known for his recruiting prowess at previous stops, helping deliver three No. 1-ranked classes as a recruiting coordinator at Arizona State and Vanderbilt. Lees played a part in five straight Top 25 classes in the same role at Oregon State. And with Rob Walton’s respect as a pitching coach, the Cowboys have a formidable trio in attracting elite talent.

And to think, this staff is just getting started, and doesn’t yet have an elite facility to recruit to.

Still, Baseball America suggests “OSU will be a major force with its new coaching staff.”


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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