Beals Signs Four for 2015 Campaign
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)
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”