CSF Baseball Tops Recruiting Lists

Collegiate Baseball ranks Cal State Fullerton sixth best recruiting class in the nation while Baseball America has the Titans in the eighth spot.

Cal State Fullerton's baseball team took home a victory when Collegiate Baseball announced the program has the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation among all NCAA Division I teams. CSUF is on the "Top 10" list for a second consecutive year.

Collegiate Baseball says that this year's class has arguably the best incoming talent the Titans have seen since 2003 when Head Coach Dave Serrano was in his first year as the recruiting coordinator.

"We are always going to strive to bring the best into the university," Serrano said. "It is very intriguing and we target our needs that are needed to succeed."

Since 1983, CSUF has appeared 10 times in the "Top 10" in Collegiate Baseball's recruitment ranking and were No. 1 in 2000.

LSU took the number one spot followed by Florida State, Oregon State, Notre Dame and UCLA.

The Titans have 17 new players joining the program this season. Included are nine junior college transfers, one Division I transfer and seven freshmen right out of high school.

Among the incoming freshmen is 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Daniel Renken, from Orange Lutheran High School in Cypress.

"It's pretty cool and very humbling ... and the adjustment was not that bad," Renken said. "I have been ready for this for a while and I hope we get to Omaha again."

As a freshman, Renken knew he would have to work hard for a spot on the team.

"We are all equal," he said.

During the coaching change, Serrano said he commends the players as they stuck together. A new system is now in place for CSUF baseball and he said he hopes the program will bring many victories to the university.

"Recruiting classes are judged by people ... and we are very proud of the previous coaching staff," Serrano said. "The proof will show at the end of the season."

Freshmen Christian Colon and Gary Brown headline this year's class. They both turned down professional contracts in the major leagues to join the Titans. Colon, from Canyon High School, was a 10th-round draft pick for the San Diego Padres and Brown, from Diamond Bar High School, was taken in the 12th round by the Oakland A's.

"Gary is a very exciting player ... his ability is going to bring a lot to this team," Serrano said. "He is very energetic and I'm very anxious to see this team grow."

Nineteen-year-old Brown said he felt the same way. He said CSUF was his first choice after high school.

"I'm looking forward to a good year," Brown said. "There is high expectations, especially for the freshman class. Everyone is nice and we're all getting along while learning discipline. [Serrano] is a great guy and he's only going to bring good things to this team."

Official practice is already under way, with scrimmages on select days this week and next week.

CSUF finished last season in the top 10 in nearly ever poll with a record of 38-25. UC Irvine, Serrano's team last season, is in the top five in most polls and finished with a record of 47-17.

CSF Press Release

Durham, North Carolina - Baseball America has ranked Cal State Fullerton baseball's incoming recruiting class 8th in the nation, up one spot from last year's post. It is the second Top 10 rank for a Titans' recruiting class that was also ranked No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball last month.

The Durham-based publication names Gary Brown and Christian Colon "high-impact athletes" and the Titans' top two key recruits. It also gives a nod to 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander, Daniel Renken, as the Titans top pitching prospect.

Four teams from the west pepper Baseball America's Top 10 with San Diego leading the pack. LSU (2), Oregon State (3), North Carolina (4), Auburn (5), Notre Dame (6), UCLA (7) finish ahead of Fullerton, while Texas (9) and Arkansas (10) round out the Top 10.

For more on the Titans 2007 recruiting class, and the complete Top 25 rankings, visit baseballamerica.com.