PHILADELPHIA The W. Joseph Blood University of Pennsylvania Head Baseball Coach, John Cole, announced the commitment of six recruits for the Class of 2010.
“We are very pleased with the athleticism that will be arriving on campus next year,” said Cole of his first recruiting class at Penn. “We filled our needs for stronger pitching and an athletic left side of the infield.”
Anthony Aruffo (Catholic/Little Rock, Ark.), William Gordon (Timber Creek (Fla.)/La Grange, Ga.), Michael Marg (Orange/Pepper Pike, Ohio), Jake Palumbo (Parkland/Orefield, Pa.), Todd Roth (Lacey Township/Lanoka Harbor, N.J.), Robert Seymour (Marist/Atlanta, Ga.) and Reid Terry (Lovett School/Atlanta, Ga.) make up the recruiting class that will play for the Red and Blue starting in 2007.
Aruffo is a 6-4 right-handed pitcher from Little Rock, Ark., who earned all-conference honors and his team’s most valuable pitcher award as a junior. He plays for Coach David Estes at the Catholic High School for Boys.
“Anthony is a submariner who will contribute to the relieving corps when he arrives,” said Cole. “He’s got a lot of movement on his fastball and is a great competitor who should help us out in the bullpen.”
Gordon, a 6-1 infielder and right-handed pitcher, helped his team to a 19-7 overall record, by batting .486 as a junior at the Westminster School in Atlanta, Ga. A two-sport athlete, Gordon also lettered in football and has achieved the Honor Roll in every semester thus far. Gordon recently relocated to Orlando, Fla., and will play his senior season at Timber Creek High School for Coach Scott Grove.
“William is a very good athlete and has superior arm strength for this level,” said Cole. “He will challenge for a left side starting position, and will also be seen as a possible closer due to his velocity.”
Marg is a 6-5 right-handed pitcher from Pepper Pike, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He was tabbed as the Chagrin Valley Conference’s (CVC) Offensive Player of the Year and named first-team all-CVC as a sophomore and junior at Orange High School under Coach Mark Burkhart. Marg has received the Academic Achievement Award and been named a National Merit Finalist.
“Mike is an extremely projectable right-hander who, if he develops, could be an outstanding pitcher at this level,” said Cole. “At 6-5, he’s got a tremendous upside and could be something special.”
Palumbo is a 6-2 outfielder who was named his team’s most valuable player at Parkland Area High School under Coach Tony Galuey. A native of Orefield, Pa., Palumbo earned All-Lehigh Valley honors and was selected for the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team as a junior.
“Jake is an athletic outfielder who can run and also has a very big upside,” said Cole. “We expect him to come in and be an offensive impact player.”
Roth is a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Lanoka Harbor, N.J. He has been a three-year starter and a two-time team captain under Coach Nick Kuman at Lacey Township High School. Roth was named first-team All-Ocean County and was awarded the Golden Paw Award for team leadership and ability.
“Todd was a highly recruited right-hander who has a starter’s toughness and should only get better,” said Cole. “He is a good athlete on the mound, and we see him as a possible starter in our rotation.”
Seymour is a 6-1 right-hander who earned all-conference honors and was the team MVP under Coach Dan Perez at Marist High School in Atlanta, Ga. He compiled a 7-1 record with 75 strikeouts in 52 innings as a junior.
“Robert is an outstanding young, polished pitcher who has the potential to be very special at this level,” said Cole. “He’s sound mechanically, has a good makeup and is extremely competitive on the mound.”
Reid Terry is a 6-3 third baseman and right-handed pitcher from Atlanta, Ga. As a co-captain under Coach Lance Oubs at the Lovett School, he helped his team win a regional championship as a junior. In 2005, he was named a PUMA/Team One Preseason All-America and City of Atlanta first-team all-area.
“Reid is a potential two-way guy as a third baseman and a right-handed pitcher,” said Cole. “He’s got a very strong arm and is a big, athletic player who comes from an extremely strong high school program.”
The Penn baseball squad will begin the 2006 season with eight games in Florida, starting with Eckerd on Friday, March 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla.