Baseball No. 5 in Recruiting Rankings

    Dedeaux Field

    Sept. 21, 2011

    LOS ANGELES-- USC is No. 5 in the annual Collegiate Baseball magazine recruiting rankings released on Tuesday, marking the Trojans highest rated class in the last 10 years.

    The 17-man USC recruiting class includes 10 position players and six pitchers. Six of the players were drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft and two undrafted players were All-Americans, all of whom decided to enroll at USC instead of beginning a professional career.

    "We are very excited about our incoming class of players," said USC Head Coach Frank Cruz. "There is a lot of talent in this recruiting class with a good balance of pitching and offense. We are obviously very excited when this many players who were drafted decide to come to school instead."

    USC opens the 2012 season Friday Feb. 17 when they play host to Jacksonville.

    South Carolina is No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball survey, followed by Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Southern California, Miami (Fla.), LSU, Florida, Oregon State and Stanford.

    The Trojans No. 5 ranking is the highest in the Pac-12, beating out No. 9 Oregon State, No. 10 Stanford, No. 18 Arizona, No. 22 Arizona St., No. 30 Oregon, No. 33 Washington and No. 39 UCLA.