AUSTIN — Recruiting is the lifeblood of a successful college program, and David Pierce knows it.
Since the former Tulane skipper was hired as head coach of the Texas Longhorns, action on the recruiting trail is more active than it has been in years.
Pierce was hired on June 29th, and Texas has earned verbal commitments from six players in that span, including three from the Class of 2017, one from 2018, and two more from the Class of 2019.
The first commitment dropped on July 14th when Pierce’s tweet with the hashtag #40AcresFamily announced Lakeview Centennial’s Kamron Fields decision to go to Texas.
Fields is a member of the Class of 2017, and chose his UT baseball offer over several D1 football scholarship offers for quarterback, including Iowa, Indiana, Utah, and Minnesota.
Fields is listed as being 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. His swing looks extremely natural, and his hands stay compact to his body when he squares the bat up to the ball.
The second in Texas’ string of baseball commits was Cedar Park pitcher Cole Quintanilla. Quintanilla had been committed to the Missouri Tigers, but chose to de-commit from the Tigers and become Pierce’s second pledge the next day. Pierce’s ability to flip an Austin area product from the SEC to the hometown school is good evidence for his ability to recruit, not only the whole state, but the area surrounding campus as well.
Quintanilla is listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. His right handed delivery is very quiet, with few places for his motion to have the chance for errors. His release point is also good for someone who is 6-foot-4, appearing to add a little speed to his fastball which Perfect Game has recorded at 89 mph.
Following Quintanilla was 2018 CC Calallen pitcher Justin Quinn. Quinn comes from two solid baseball programs in the state of Texas; Calallen High School and the Houston Banditos. Quinn is listed at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. His over the top release point from the first base side of the rubber pushes strongly off his back leg allowing him control and velocity.
The fourth commitment, and third of the 2017 class, came from Bellaire Episcopal’s Bennett Inoff. Inoff, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound infielder plays for the Houston Kyle Chapman team when he is not suiting up for the Knights. His hands remain quiet through the hitting zone, while his hips quickly bring his hands around. Inoff is listed as having played both positions on the left side of the infield.
Following Inoff, the Horns picked up two commitments from players in the Class of 2019, including the son of a former Dallas Cowboys star.
Dallas Jesuit’s Jaden Woodson pulled the trigger on July 26. Woodson, son of Darren Woodson, is listed as a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder who plays both shortstop and in the outfield. Woodson plays on a Jesuit team that just took home the Texas state championship this past season.
His classmate, Dallas Tigers summer teammate, and future Longhorn is Argyle middle infielder Brenden Dixon. Dixon is listed a 6-foot-0, 175 pounds. His swing shows strong hands through the hitting zone, and good hip rotation, insuring solid contact and bat speed.
Now that it seems Texas’ head man is going to be more active on the recruiting trail, be on the lookout for more #40AcresFamily posts from Pierce going forward into the offseason.
It was just the boost the baseball program needed.