McAllen High baseball player Aaron Nixon celebrates after signing with Texas on Nov. 13, 2019. [SUBMITTED PHOTO]

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Home Run: Texas’ baseball team announces the signing of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class

Posted November 14th, 2019

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The first pitch of the 2020 baseball season won’t be thrown for another three months, but Texas recorded a big victory this week.

On Thursday afternoon, Texas announced the signing of 14 recruits. The 2020 recruiting class — the fourth signed by David Pierce at Texas — was also rated by Baseball America as the nation’s best. UT’s incoming haul of recruits features nine Texans, three California prospects, one player from Arizona and an Alabama-bred infielder.

Anchoring the Class of 2020 are a plethora of promising pitchers. Jared Jones, who attends California’s La Mirada High, joins Refugio’s Jared Kelley, McAllen’s Aaron Nixon, San Antonio Reagan’s Travis Sthele, Woden’s Reid Taylor and Houston Episcopal’s Tanner Witt as the right-handed pitchers in this recruiting class. The Longhorns had already secured the signatures of left-handed pitchers Caden Noan (Longview Spring Hill) and Dalton Porter (Rouse) before Lucas Gordon, a southpaw from Los Angeles’ Notre Dame High, announced his commitment on Thursday.

Houston Strake Jesuit’s Dylan Campbell and Odessa Junior College’s Ivan Melendez were two of the four infielders signed by Texas. Mitchell Daly, a shortstop from Bob Jones High in Madison, Ala., and Carson Tucker, a shortstop from Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix, will also head to Austin.

California product Petey Halpin was the only outfielder signed by Texas.

“The class of 2020 will be one of the best classes in the country. Their baseball talent is outstanding, but their character and integrity sets them apart for me,” Pierce said in a statement.

Whether all 14 of these players end up on campus won’t be determined until this summer. This June, Bleacher Report listed both Kelley and Jones as first-round picks in a mock draft for the 2020 MLB mock draft. Texas only lost one signee to the MLB Draft in 2019.

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