Nov. 9, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University baseball program signed 13 high school senior baseball players, 11 from the state of Washington and two from Idaho, to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced Thursday. The group will enroll at Washington State beginning in the fall of 2007.
The class consists of Matt Argyropoulos (Mark Morris HS, Longview), Dustin Biell (Inglemoor HS, Kenmore), John Desmarais (Lindbergh HS, Renton), Keaton Hayenga (Eastlake HS, Redmond), Garry Kuykendall (Bonney Lake HS, Bonney Lake), Brodie McCormack (Brewster HS, Brewster), Ryan Peterson (Liberty HS, Renton), J.R. Roland Jr. (Tahoma HS, Maple Valley), Steven Souza (Cascade HS, Everett), David Stilley (Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale), Riley Tubbs (Tahoma HS, Renton), Shea Vucinich (Coeur d'Alene HS, Coeur d'Alene, ID) and James Wise (Timberline HS, Boise, ID).
"For the second year in a row our staff went out and signed a class full of high school players, 11 from the state of Washington and two from Idaho," said Marbut. "We feel like this group of student-athletes is a class that truly reflects our program. It is full of athletic players who really like to compete. This class will without a doubt help us reach our goal of winning the Pac-10 championship.
"Our head recruiter Travis Jewett once again did a marvelous job of figuring out what student-athletes fit best in our program and what student-athletes will show up on campus and help the Cougars win a championship," Marbut continued. "Our staff, including Coach Jewett, Coach Swenson and Coach Dorey, did a great job of identifying players who value an education and realize that college is a great avenue for success."
Jewett, who is in his third season as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, echoes Marbut's thoughts. "I think this class contains great balance in that we have good pitching, solid hitting from both sides of the plate, speed and a lot of pure athletes," said Jewett. "With this class we were able to fill specific needs which is always something you hope for. It's going to be exciting to see this group next fall."
Any further signings will be announced as they are received during the signing period.
Below are comments from Coach Marbut and bios on the student-athletes.
MARK MORRIS HIGH SCHOOL (LONGVIEW)
Has earned three varsity letters in baseball and three in basketball...on the diamond helped team to a fourth-place State finish as a sophomore, earning all-conference honors...repeated as an All-Greater St. Helen's conference pick and also earned All-State honors during junior season...team finished second at State basketball tournament as a sophomore and he was named to All-State team in basketball as a junior after being the leading scorer at the 3A State basketball tournament...member of Pacific Northwest/Area Code baseball team and participated in the Junior Olympics...2005 all-tournament pitcher at the Babe Ruth World Series.
MARBUT ON ARGYROPOULOS: "Matt is one of the best prospects in the state of Washington. He has a great projectable body and by the time his career is over at Washington State, we see him as a dominate Pac-10 starter who will have a bright professional future."
INGLEMOOR HIGH SCHOOL (KENMORE)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball...junior season earned First-Team All-KingCo honors as team posted a 12-4 record...finished second in league in batting average and was a first-team all-area selection...selected to All-State honorable mention team...chosen as a team captain for senior season.
MARBUT ON BIELL: "Dustin Biell is one of the best, if not the best, high school hitters in the state of Washington. He has all the tools to be a great college player. He can run, hit, throw and play great defense. Dustin has a chance to play a lot the day he steps on campus."
LINDBERGH HIGH SCHOOL (RENTON)
Earned three varsity letters in baseball and four in football...on the baseball field has been a First-Team All-Seamount League outfield each of the past two seasons...also pitched during junior season...On the football field was an all-league first team pick at both wide receiver and defensive back...Seamount League Defensive Back of the Year this past season...junior year was a first-team all-league receiver and defensive back after leading state with 16 touchdown receptions...all-area and All-State honorable mention receiver....National Honor Society member.
MARBUT ON DESMARAIS: "John is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, players in the state. Up to this point he is known more as a football player but in time we see John as being an impact centerfielder in the Pac-10."
EASTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL (REDMOND)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball and basketball heading into this year...was a starting pitcher as a sophomore and a Second-Team All-KingCo 4A pick...Seattle Times and King County Journal Athlete of the Week...on the basketball court was the third-leading rebounding in league as a sophomore and a first-team all-league and first-team all-eastside pick as a junior...led team to a 13-12 record and was team MVP.
MARBUT ON HAYENGA: "In our staff's opinion Keaton is the best pitching prospect in the Northwest. He has everything you need to be a legitimate number one starter in the Pac-10. Keaton is also an outstanding basketball player and a great student."
BONNEY LAKE HIGH SCHOOL (BONNEY LAKE)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball and two in football...as a freshman earned baseball's Coaches Award and then was JV MVP in both football and baseball as a sophomore, earning varsity letters in each sport...junior season served as team captain and was selected on All-Seamont League second team...on the football field was a First-Team All-Independent selection while receiving the Top Back, Most Inspirational and Coach's Awards.
MARBUT ON KUYKENDALL: "Garry is a combination of Dustin Biell as well as John Desmarais. He has the intangibles to be a great player. He is tough as nails and loves to play the game. We can't wait to coach him."
BREWSTER HIGH SCHOOL (BREWSTER)
Has earned three varsity letters in baseball and basketball...as a sophomore hit .532 with an on-base average of over .600...Associated Press 1A Catcher of the Year after leading team to 1A State title...junior season repeated as AP's 1A Catcher of the Year and team captured second-straight State title...played with Spokane Dodgers during summer...National Honor Society member.
MARBUT ON McCORMACK: "Brodie is the top catching prospect in the state of Washington. He is a big, athletic catcher who also runs well. Brodie plays with great confidence and we love that about him."
LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL (RENTON)
Earned two varsity letters in baseball and three in basketball...helped lead team to a fifth-place State finish as a sophomore...received honorable mention honors in the KingCo 3A league as a junior after hitting .342 with 11 EBI and 11 doubles.... earned KingCo 3A honorable mention honors in basketball as a junior starter averaging 10.8 points per game.
MARBUT ON PETERSON: "Ryan was our first commitment for the 2007 class. He is a big left-handed-hitting first baseman who is probably the most projectable player this staff has signed. When we lose Jim Murphy at the end of this season we see Ryan taking over and being a star."
JAMES ROLAND Jr.
TAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL (MAPLE VALLEY)
Earned two varsity letters in baseball...batted a team leading .525 average as a sophomore helping team to a 18-6 record...as junior earned Second-Team All-South Puget Sound League honors, batting .483 and finishing Top 10 in the league in batting average, RBI's, doubles and triples...team posted a 22-4 final record...connected for two home runs in district tournament and had game-winning HR in regional final...named to 2006 Baseball Northwest PNW All Tournament Team.
MARBUT ON ROLAND: "We feel J.R. of all the position players is the biggest sleeper of the class. He is big, strong and athletic. Though he has been a first baseman in the past we see him being versatile enough to play the outfield as well. He has a chance to hit for some serious power."
CENTRAL KITSAP HIGH SCHOOL (SILVERDALE)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball, serving as a pitcher and outfielder...sophomore season pitched 31 innings, striking out 24 with a 1.79 ERA...as a junior named team's MVP pitcher...an First-Team All-Narrows League selection, first-team all-county and second-team All-State selection...threw 35 innings with a 1.57 ERA and 54 strikeouts...participated in Area Code tryout and was selected to play in Seattle Mariners Cup...Baseball America/Team one 2007 preseason All-America pick.
MARBUT ON STILLEY: "Dave is the best lefthander in the state. He is also very projectable and with his size and strength he will be a very important addition to our staff. He is the only lefthander we signed so he will have a chance early in his career to contribute."
CASCADE HIGH SCHOOL (EVERETT)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball, one in football...sophomore season team finished fourth in State tournament...junior year was an All-Wesco North League second team pick after hitting .488...team captured league title and finished fourth at district tournament...on the football field this fall helped team to 6-3 record and first round of State tournament...played split end and defensive back...member of Area Code team and captured all-tournament honors at both the Connie Mack state and Connie Mack regional tournaments.
MARBUT ON SOUZA: "Steven is probably the most well-rounded player in the state of Washington. He can hit, field, throw, run and even pitch. By the end of his career we think he is going to be an All-American with a chance to be a very high draft pick."
TAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL (RENTON)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football...as a sophomore on the baseball field was a Second-Team All-South Puget Sound League pick and received the team's Underclassman Award...junior season repeated as an All-SPSL second team pick in addition to being named first-team all-area...garnered team Most Inspirational Award...team captured baseball and football SPSL North titles...earned team MVP honors on the basketball court and was a Second Team All-SPSL pick in football.
MARBUT ON TUBBS: "Riley is the best athlete of the class. In addition to his baseball prowess, he is an All-State football player who also excels on the basketball court. Riley is the type of player we try to fill our roster with. We're not sure where he will play but he will find his way on the field. He is just a great competitor."
COEUR D'ALENE HIGH SCHOOL (COEUR D'ALENE, ID)
Has earned three varsity letters in baseball and football, and one in basketball...as a freshman was the starting varsity shortstop...junior year was a First-Team All-Inland Empire League shortstop after tying the school record for doubles in a season with 12...played in Mariners Cup...on the football field this fall was an All-IEL first team selection and Co-League MVP as a quarterback...twice broke the school single-game passing record...three-times named defensive MVP at summer baseball tournaments over the past two years.
MARBUT ON VUCINICH: "Shea is a lot like Riley Tubbs. There is not much Shea can't do on an athletic field. A great high school football and basketball player, Shea is a winner and when he steps foot on campus he will push for playing time."
TIMBERLINE HIGH SCHOOL (BOISE, ID)
Has earned two varsity letters in baseball...finished sophomore campaign with an 8-1 record and 2.2 ERA...team finished third in State...junior year posted an 11-1 record, 1.5 ERA in 78 innings pitched with 85 strikeouts...team again finished third in state and also captured district title...was named league Player of the year.
MARBUT ON WISE: "James is the best righthanded pitching prospect in the state of Idaho. We think when he fills out he also is going to be a great addition to our staff. With James Wise, Matt Argyropoulos and Keaton Hayenga, we feel like we have three potential number one righthanded starters."