Omaha, Neb. – Based on the top-40 recruiting class in 2021, Creighton Baseball is the head coach Ed Servais and his staff announced a group of ten additions for the 2022 season. Bluejays will bring in six position players and four boxes. Almost all the way from the Midwest, the group has three Nebraskans, two from Illinois and Kansas, and one player from Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.
“In recent years, we have focused on recruiting athletics, while balancing the important academic standards of our university,” said Servais. “This class has reached the aggressive goal, which allows our program to compete for BIG EAST championships. This class is a testament to the high level of commitment that staff have put in day in and day out.”
The first grant for 2022 is an infielder / outfielder from Homewood, Illinois, Gallien Coupet is the fourth ranked shortstop in the state by the Prep Baseball Report (PBR). At 5-9, the right-handed hitter posted a .333 average for the Midwest Canes travel team. Mentored throughout the career of eight-year-old MLB veteran Lou Collier. Considered sloppy and athletic, the Coupet also has above average speed on the base trails. Coupet was a participant in PBR’s 2019 Futures Game.
Coming to Omaha from Overland Park, Kansas, Tate screams is considered one of the top 20 players in the state by PBR. An All-Eastern Kansas League selection for Blue Valley HS in 2019, Gillen also played for the Building Champions Baseball Academy. Gillen’s performance in 2019 gave him an invitation to PBR’s Missouri Underclassman Games that summer. The outfielder is 6-1 and is an athlete with two sports who plays football from Blue Valley HS
Cole lever are Creighton’s lone recruits outside the Midwest and come to Omaha from Frisco, Texas. Ranked # 29 LHP in Texas by PBR, Hebel plays for Reedy HS and club ball for Canes Southwest-Clementz. During the summer of 2020, Hebel threw 23.1 rounds, registered 25 strikes and only seven trips. Standing 6-1, Hebel collected three places on the Perfect Game All-Tournament Team in the summer of 2019 (twice) and once in 2020.
A strong armed hunter from Elkhorn South HS, Hogan Helligso will deny base runners in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The 5-11 backstop threw out 59% of potential thefts, stopping 10-of-17 over 55.1 innings last year with the Nebraska Prospects 2021 club team. The top-ranked catcher in Nebraska by PBR, Helligson also shone on the record with a .393 average, a .983 OPS as well as a .571 slugging percentage.
Easton Johnson coming to Omaha from Gilbert, Iowa. The brother of former Bluejay, Evan Johnson, Easton is a slim 6-4 RHP with a combination of 13-2 during his last two seasons for Gilbert HS. Over three seasons, Johnson has thrown 146.2 innings, with 148 Ks and just 35 trips. Ranked # 7 in Iowa by PBR, Johnson is ranked No. 3 RHP. Johnson enters his senior season with a fastball that touches the low 90s and a four-place arsenal. Johnson played club ball for the Iowa Sticks.
The sixth grant, Ben north, comes from Woodbury, Minnesota. A 6-0 infielder, North East Ridge HS led to Minnesota’s Class 4A title in 2019 and hit eight home runs for the Great Lakes Lumberjacks this summer. A starter for East Ridge HS since he was a beginner, North is a three-athlete (Baseball, Basketball and Football) and is considered one of the best athletes in Minnesota. The 6-2 recruit is a running back, point guard and midfielder.
Jack Rodi is the second recruit from Illinois (Hinsdale, Illinois) to find his way to Omaha. The 6-3 pitcher plays high school ball for Benet Academy and plays at club level with Longshots Baseball. During the HS season 2019, Rodi threw 37 rounds with a 3.50 ERA (HS, spring 2019) and 16 rounds with a 0.40 ERA (Perfect Game (PG) events). He is rated No. 13 RHP in Illinois by PG and Prospect No. 45 in the State (PG).
Two of the last three mentioned characters are local products, starting with Nolan Sailors by Ralston. A 6-0 player, Sailors, was a Rawlings Perfect Game Pre Season All American and (Honorable Mention) 2020 selection, a first team ITG All-Area selection in 2019 and on the 2019 Perfect Game All Tournament Team – WWBA Kernels Championship . He hit over .400 in Legion ball for Ralston in 2018 & 2020, and posted a .463 mark for Ralston HS in 2019. Sailors plays club blog for Nebraska Prospects and is ranked as a top 10 player in Nebraska by PBR.
Malakai Vetock is the third native of Nebraska in this decapod of Bluejay newcomers. Greetings from Elkhorn playing Vetock for Elkhorn HS as well as Nebraska Prospects baseball. The 6-2 right-handed pitcher offers a high-pitch capability that projects a three-tone mix for college level. During the summer, he registered 65 strikes in 37.1 rounds. Vetock is the fourth ranked pitcher in the state by PBR and a top 10 total player.
The only member of the signing class not to come directly from high school is a native of Kansas, Ivan Witt. When he chose to skip the senior year at Fort Scott HS, Witt went to Neosho County Community College this fall. A 6-0 catch from Fort Scott, Kansas, Witt played club ball for the Building Champions. During the autumn of 2020, Witt met. 369 with 27 RBI and 13 extra base strokes (eight 2B, one 3b and four HR).