As high school recruits continue to make decisions about their next step in athletics, many players from different sports choose to play in Athens. The Red & Black have followed the list of players who have committed to Georgia:
Georgia’s baseball head coach Scott Stricklin announced that nine players will be the Bulldogs as part of the 2023 recruiting class on Monday. Of the nine players, there are four pitchers, three players and two outfielders. All nine future Georgia players come from the state of Georgia.
The Bulldogs will add one left-handed pitcher and three right-handed pitches to staff from this class. Jarvis Evans, from Buford, is the lone leftist in the group. Leighton Finley, from Richmond Hill, Blake Gillespie from Lula and Matthew Hoskins from Duluth round off the additions to the pitching staff.
In the infield, the Bulldogs bring in Tanner Knowles from Perry, Jonathan Little from Tyrone and Josh Tate, who is from Peachtree City.
Rounding out the 2023 class are outfielders Justin Thomas and Luke Boykin. Thomas is from Savannah while Boykin is from Jesup.
The Bulldogs will try to improve the record 31-25 from last season when they take the field this spring. Georgia baseball opens the season in February. 18 when it hosts Alabny in a series of three games. – Jake Jennings
The Georgia volleyball team will feature three new members at the start of the 2022 season after head coach Tom Black announced the addition of the three recruits.
The trio consists of opponent Tori Harper, libero / outfielder Ana Julia Bleeker and outfielder Estelle Haugen.
Bleeker is a 5-foot-9 libero / outsider from Windermere High School where she was a four-year college starter for Wolverines. During her time there, she collected 80 wins with the Wolverines, including three district championships and a playoff where the WHS finished second in the 7A Volleyball State Championship.
Harper was named player of the year in Nevada Gatorade and USA Today in her junior season with the Miners, where they won the first of two back-to-back regional championships in 2020 and 2021.
To complete the trio of new Bulldogs, the 6-foot-1 outside hit from Southwest Christian High School, Haugen joins his teammates for the 2022 volleyball season in Georgia. Haugen was named to three all-state and all-conference teams as well as the all-tournament team this season. She was named conference MVP for her junior season and after a strong senior year, Haugen was invited to join the US training team.
With these three new additions, Black will now have 15 out of 20 players who are from other states such as Indiana, California, Texas and others. – Wade Cheek