March 2, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University's 2006-07 baseball recruiting class has been ranked as the 25th-best in the nation by StudentSportsBaseball.com, which released the poll late last month.
WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut signed the 12-member class last November and felt at that time he had a tremendous class.
"We are as excited about the 2006 class as we can be," said Marbut. "This class will help us renew our goal of winning a Pac-10 championship and playing in Omaha. Coach (Travis) Jewett proved why he is one of the best, if not the best, recruiting coordinators around. His diligence, and with the help of Coach (Gregg) Swenson and Coach (Matt) Dorey, they were able to put together a class that is one of the best in the country.
WSU Associate Head Coach Travis Jewett, who also serves as the Cougars' recruiting coordinator, was equally excited about the incoming class. "Our objective every year is to attract the best high school student-athletes in the state of Washington and I think we have addressed that with this class," said Jewett. "As a staff we feel there is enough talent in the state to reach our goal of competing nationally at a high level. This latest ranking is another indication that we are meeting our objectives."
The 2006-07 class, all from the state of Washington, consists of Chadwick Arnold (Southridge HS, Kennewick), Josh Ashenbrenner (Lake Washington HS, Kirkland), Cody Bartlett (Kentwood HS, Covington), Carsten Bocchi (Todd Beamer HS, Federal Way), Stephen Englund (Bellevue HS, Bellevue), Matt Fanelli (Capital HS, Olympia), Seth Harvey (River Ridge HS, Olympia), Jarett Jackson (Thomas Jefferson HS, Kent), Zachary Miller (Yelm HS, Yelm), Shawn O'Malley (Southridge HS, Kennewick), Jay Ponciano (Hudson's Bay HS, Vancouver) and Michael Weber (O'Dea HS, Seattle).
WSU, which enters this weekend's Banana Belt Tournament with a 10-2 record, was one of eight Pacific-10 Conference teams in the Top 25. USC led the way at No. 4, followed by Arizona (6), California (7), UCLA (8), Arizona State (10), Stanford (11) and Oregon State (22).
StudentSportsBaseball.com Top 25 Recruiting Classes
2. Cal State Fullerton
9. Miami (FL)
10. Arizona State
12. Florida State
13. Georgia Tech
14. Central Florida
15. Cal Poly
17. San Diego
19. UC Irvine
21. UC Santa Barbara
22. Oregon State
23. San Diego State
25. Washington State