Nov. 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball program has signed four recruits for the 2015 season, head coach Greg Beals announced Wednesday. Three signees are Ohioans while the other hails from Indiana.
“We are excited to announce this recruiting class of future Buckeyes,” Beals said. “This is a smaller class on the heels of a relatively large class last year. We feel that we have four top-shelf baseball players and we are confident this group will make an immediate impact to our program. As always, the efforts of Coach Stafford and Coach Holick need to be recognized today – these guys are instrumental in our recruitment of student-athletes.”
The combination of academics and athletics had a great influence on the decisions of this recruiting class.
“The Ohio State University has a great academic and athletic reputation,” Tre Gantt, an outfielder from Fishers, Ind., said. “The school spirit and culture of excellence I felt when I visited was second to none. I believe Ohio State is a very good for me and I’m looking forward to the academic and athletic experience of being a Buckeye.”
The coaching staff also was an integral part of the Buckeye program that factored into the decision of a pair of the signees.
“I love the atmosphere created by the coaching staff and I know by the time I’m finished with my college career, they will have made me a better baseball player and a better person,” Jordan McDonough, a catcher from Cincinnati, Ohio, said.
Nate Romans, a second baseman from Canton, Ohio, echoed McDonough’s sentiments.
“I chose Ohio State because of the winning attitude of Coach Beals, Coach Holick and the entire staff. The school, facilities, and environment are first class and Ohio State is the perfect place for me,” Romans added. “Continuing my baseball career as a Buckeye is truly a blessing and I couldn’t be more proud to represent the state I have grown up in.”
For Powell, Ohio, native Jacob Niggemeyer, academics, athletics and the chance to stay close to home helped make the decision.
“Ohio State is close to home, has great academics and the baseball program will help provide me the opportunity to be successful on and off the field,” said Niggemeyer. “It’s always been a great day to be a Buckeye.”
Tre Gantt – OF – L/L – 5-9, 175 – Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Gantt was an honorable mention all-state and HCC All-Conference selection in 2013 … named 2013 Times/Hare Chevrolet All-County Player of the Year, 2013 Hamilton County Sports Daily Player of the Year and to the Indianapolis Start Super Team … hit .411 with 13 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 35 runs scored and 28 RBI as a junior … the son of Kelly and Jodi Gantt … plays high school baseball for head coach Scott Henson … plays summer ball for the Indiana Prospects and head coach Mark Peters.
Coach Greg Beals: “Tre is a dynamic offensive player, combining both excellent speed and the ability to hit. I am excited about the opportunity to add this type of player to our lineup. We look for Tre to make an immediate impact in our outfield.”
Jordan McDonough – C – R/R – 5-11, 185 – Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
McDonough was named to the East Coast Pro Showcase teams after his sophomore and junior seasons … named a USSSA All-American as a sophomore … the son of Scott and Kimberley McDonough … plays high school baseball for head coach Robert Sherlock … plays summer ball for the Georgia Monarchs and head coach Josh Burus.
Coach Greg Beals: “Jordan has been touted as one of the best catchers in the Midwest. As a catcher myself, I look forward to working with a player of his ability. Jordan brings a toughness and gamesmanship that we are excited about.”
Jacob Niggemeyer – RHP – R/R – 6-5, 215 – Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
Niggemeyer was named first team All-Ohio, all-district and All-OCC as a junior … OCC-Central Player of the Year as a junior … second team All-OCC as a sophomore … went 6-3 with a 1.90 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched in 2013 … also hit .493 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBI … the son of James and Betsy Niggemeyer … plays high school baseball for head coach Ty Brenning … plays summer ball for Cincinnati Stix Elite and head coach Jeff Keith.
Coach Greg Beals: “Jacob is a pro-type, right-handed power pitcher. He has shown a fastball in the mid-90’s and possesses a very good breaking pitch that produces strikeouts. We look forward to Jacob making an immediate impact on our pitching staff.”
Nate Romans – 2B – L/L – 5-10, 175 – Canton, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Romans was named second team All-NCI last year and 2011 CRBC Freshman of the Year … hit .369 with 22 doubles, three home runs and 45 RBI as a junior last season … the son of David and Dorinda Romans … plays high school baseball for head coach Chris Kaczmar … plays summer ball for the Midwest Pelicans and head coach Neal French.
Coach Greg Beals: “Nate is another guy who will bring a combination of speed and power to our lineup. A steady defender, Nate has learned a lot from the winning ways of his high school program and this will serve him well as he competes at the next level.”