Sam Houston baseball signs 10 to 2018 class

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HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State baseball has signed 10 student-athletes for its 2018 class, fourth-year head coach Matt Deggs announced on Wednesday.

The Bearkats, who are coming off the program’s first trip to the NCAA Super Regionals a season ago, welcome nine high school athletes and one junior college transfer. The class includes four infielders, three pitchers, two outfielders and a catcher.

“We’re very fortunate and blessed,” Deggs said. “We have two of the best working for us. Lance Harvell, our recruiting coordinator and Jay Sirianni assists him. Shane Wedd assists both of them here on campus. We’re in great hands. They understand the kind of guys we are looking for. We call them OKG’s – our kind of guys. We’ll flip over every rock and we won’t deviate. You’ve got to fit what we look to do. They do an incredible job identifying that from the get go. It’s an incredible amount of time and effort and sacrifice away from their families. I can’t thank them enough for what they do.”

The 10 signees include Colton Crowser (Cypress, Texas / Cy Ranch HS), Diego Davila (Spring, Texas / Klein Collins HS), Matt Dillard (Tomball, Texas / St. Pius HS), Will Duncan (Richardson, Texas / Richardson HS), Patrick Kudelka (New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels HS) Jackson Loftin (Spring, Texas / Klein Collins HS), Kollin McCartney (Lindale, Texas / Lindale HS) Kyle Moos (Castroville, Texas / Northeast Texas CC),, Zach Poe (Madisonville, Texas / Madisonville HS) and Luke Repka (The Woodlands, Texas / College Park HS).

“Lance does just a great job of maintaining and building relationships with the families and recruits … making sure they understand our culture and our vision,” Deggs said. “They’ve put together another great class. Obviously, it’s all on paper. Those guys are going to have to come in and make an impact on our program with the pack style of doing things but I feel very confident in the guys they recruited, identified and signed today.”

Colton Cowser – OF – 6’3 185 – Cy Ranch HS – Cypress, TX
“We first saw Colton at one of our hitting camps when he was a sophomore and he really stood out. He was the first commit in this class and has become one of the best players in the Houston area and the state. He is a pure hitter from the left side of the plate, was the MVP last year in maybe the toughest baseball district in the state of Texas, and with his size and frame we feel like he will also develop into a power threat.” -Head Coach Matt Deggs

Diego Davila – MIF – 5’10 185 – Klein Collins HS – Spring, TX
“Diego is a really talented middle infielder from Klein Collins, where he has started on the varsity and been an all-district player since he was a freshman. He’s a versatile guy, has the ability to play multiple positions on the infield, and has turned himself into a very good all-around player. He added about 15 pounds of muscle over the last year, runs a 6.8 60-yard dash, and had an extremely impressive summer offensively. He’s a highly competitive guy that likes to roll up his sleeves and go to work and I think his best baseball is ahead of him.” -Recruiting Coordinator Lance Harvell

Jackson Loftin – MIF – 6’1 185 – Klein Collins HS – Spring, TX
“Jackson has been the starting short-stop and a key cog at Klein Collins for 3 years now. I think his best tool is his glove. He’s very smooth in everything that he does on the field defensively, his hands and feet are always in sync. So his athleticism has always stood out. This summer he made a jump with his bat and it seemed like every time we saw him play he had squared up 3 or 4 balls. He’s a guy that has steadily gotten better and better and I don’t see that trend stopping any time soon because of his work ethic and the kind of kid he is.” -Recruiting Coordinator Lance Harvell

Kyle Moos- Catcher – 5’11 195 - Northeast Texas CC – Castroville, TX
“Kyle is coming to us from a really well coached program at Northeast Tx where he was named a JuCo All Star after hitting 12 HRs in 2017. He is a physical presence behind the plate and in the batter’s box. He has a very strong and accurate arm and has the ability to lengthen the field and add some power to our lineup with his bat. He played for Coach Wedd last year so he’ll come in with an advanced knowledge of “The Pack” offense and I expect Kyle to make an immediate impact for us next year.” -Recruiting Coordinator Lance Harvell

Matt Dillard – LHP – 6’2 185 – St Pius HS – Tomball, TX
“Matt was a highly recruited lefty that chose Sam Houston State over some bigger programs because he believed in what we’re doing and the direction we’re heading. His fastball will sit 87-90 and he has a really good curveball and changeup. What we saw out of Matt, and what we really like, is that he has the ability to get hitters out in multiple ways. He’s has that “attack dog” mentality, that competitiveness, on the mound that we look for.” -Associate Head Coach Jay Sirianni

Luke Repka – INF – 5’11 180 – College Park HS – The Woodlands, TX
“Luke is a left-handed hitting 3B that has been a starter and all district performer for three years at College Park. He came to one of our camps and initially caught our eye with his glove and his arm but really turned our heads with his bat. He’s got some grit to him as well. What eventually separated him form other guys in our minds, was his toughness. We saw him play an entire tournament on basically one leg because of a broken foot and you would have never known it watching him hustle all over the field and the intensity that he played with. That kind of passion for the game is what we’re all about here at Sam Houston St.” -Head Coach Matt Deggs

Patrick Kudelka – RHP – 6’7 250 – New Braunfels HS – New Braunfels, TX
“Obviously, the first thing that stands out with Patrick is his size. At 6’7 250 pounds he looks more like a football player than a baseball player. Most guys that big and strong rely on their fastball to beat hitters and the pitch-ability is lacking a little, and needs to be developed. But that’s not the case with him. He throws a heavy fastball that’s 89-91 mph right now and we believe will be low to mid 90s by the time he gets here. He also has good feel and command of his breaking ball and change-up, which is a really good pitch.” -Associate Head Coach Jay Sirianni

Kollin McCartney – OF – 5’10 180 – Lindale HS – Lindale, TX
“Kollin is kind of your prototypical hard-nosed east Texas kid. He’s athletic and strong, he’s also an All East Texas Super Team safety in football, so that tells you a little bit about his demeanor in a competitive environment. He’s the type of player that we have always built our teams on because he perfectly fits “The Pack” mentality and make up. He has strength, he can run, he can hit, he can defend, and most importantly he plays with an edge.” -Head Coach Matt Deggs

Zach Poe – 1B/3B – 6’2 220 - Madisonville HS – Madisonville, TX
“Zach is a blue collar guy from a family of Bearkats and can flat out hit. There may not be a guy in this class that fits who we are and what we do better than Zach. He can play either corner position on the infield but offensively is where we think he will make the biggest impact…literally. He has some serious strength in his lower half and he hits with a lot of power. The ball just has a different sound when it comes off his bat. We’re very excited to have Zach joining our program.” - Head Coach Matt Deggs

Will Duncan – RHP – 6’5 190 – Richardson HS – Richardson, TX
“Will is another guy that got a lot of attention from coaches and scouts this past summer, and for good reason. At 6’5 190 he looks like a big leaguer in a uniform and he has good stuff. He was kind of a late bloomer but we followed him since his sophomore season and he’s done nothing but improve since then. His fastball is anywhere from 88-92, been up to 94, has a hard “swing and miss” type slider, and a good change-up. Great family, he’s the son of a retired fire fighter and police officer, has a great head on his shoulders, and we’re fortunate to have them as part of our family now.” -Recruiting Coordinator Lance Harvell