Brad Hill Announces Impressive Fall Signees

Manhattan, Kan. - Kansas State head baseball coach Brad Hill announced Friday the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The 10 players, all current high school seniors, will join the Wildcats in the fall of 2005.

"We are very excited about this class," said Hill. "We had fewer needs to fill this year and we were fortunate to sign top high school talent to address these needs. We had a remarkable success rate in terms of signing the kids we wanted. The kids visiting our campus this fall had the opportunity to see K-State's commitment to baseball as evidenced by our impressive facility improvements that have taken place over the last few years. In addition, these kids had a chance to interact with the people here at K-State and that will always be an advantage for us in the recruiting process. Almost every recruit we had on an official visit this fall commented on how impressed they were with all of the people here, especially our tremendous support staff - our strength coaches, academic counselors, athletic training staff and athletic administrators."

Among the 10 signees are Kansas products Justin Murray from Manhattan High School and Jordan Cruz from Hutchinson High School. Joining Murray and Cruz are Trevor Hurley (RHP, Tomball, Texas/Tomball HS), Robbie Knight (OF, Bennington, Neb./Millard North HS), Tyler Link (IF, Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS), Corey Morehouse (RHP, Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS), Anthony Morris (RHP, Humble, Texas/Humble HS), Rob Vaughn (C, Humble, Texas/Humble HS), Todd Vogel (RHP, Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny HS) and Byron Wiley (OF, Tomball, Texas/Tomball HS).

Murray, a right-handed pitcher at Manhattan High School, was a 6A All-State baseball selection this past spring for head coach Don Ness.

"We have seen Justin develop over the last year and a half into a very good pitching prospect," said Hill. It seemed like every time we saw him he got better and better. We are looking forward to having Justin in our program next year."

Cruz, an outfielder who plays for head coach Steve Williams at Hutchinson High School, was a first team all-state baseball selection last season. In addition, he is a standout in football and basketball for Hutchinson.

"We are excited about Jordan joining our program considering the amount of attention he was getting from a number of college football programs," said Hill. "He has good size, athleticism and is a fierce competitor. He has a chance to be a middle of the line-up type hitter. It's scary to think how good he might become once he focuses solely on baseball."

Hurley, ranked as the ninth best right-handed pitcher in Texas and 25th overall prospect in the state by Texas Baseball News, comes off of a strong junior campaign where he earned first team all-district honors after posting an 8-0 record and a 1.08 ERA. He was the No. 2 pitcher for the Tomball Cougars, one of the top high school baseball programs in the nation.

"Trevor is a big, strong kid with a great arm and a really good idea how to pitch," said Hill. "He's a competitor who, coming from Tomball High School, knows what it takes to win. There isn't much doubt that he can come in and be a big contributor on the mound for us right away."

Knight, a speedy outfielder, led the state of Nebraska in stolen bases and runs scored as a junior on head coach Dave Cork's Millard North High School squad. His father Rob, was an outfielder at K-State in the late 1970's.

"Robbie is another standout athlete in this recruiting class," said Hill. "He plays three sports for Millard North and excels in all of them. He is a plus runner which combined with his strong arm makes him a very good defensive centerfielder. With his speed and aggressiveness, he has a chance to be an offensive catalyst."

Link, an infielder, hit .385 with 14 stolen bases during his junior campaign at Langham Creek High School for head coach Armando Sedeno.

"Tyler has good tools across the board and has a chance to be a plus defensive infielder," said Hill. "What impressed me the most about him was his hard-nosed and aggressive approach to the game. He hails from a high school program, Langham Creek, that has produced its share of impact college players. Tyler is also an excellent student."

Morehouse, a right-handed pitcher, posted 90 strikeouts in 67 innings as a junior as the workhouse of Langham Creek's pitching staff.

"Another Langham Creek product, Corey is a tremendous competitor on the mound," said Hill. "He isn't afraid to pump strikes and challenge hitters. He has the makings of an effective pitcher at our level with his stuff, deceptive delivery and mental make up."

Morris, a right-handed pitcher, comes to K-State from Humble High School where he is coached by David Sitton. Next fall, he will be one of three players in K-State's program from Humble High - current player Brandon Farr and signee Rob Vaughn round out the trio.

"Anthony really came on late in the summer and this fall," said Hill. "He has a loose arm, live fastball and is just now beginning to fill out his 6-2 frame. When you combine his tremendous upside with his determination-level, he has what it takes to develop into a front-line arm at our level. He is also an outstanding student. We are really excited about his decision to attend K-State."

Vaughn, a THSBCA All-State catcher, hit .370 with 6 homeruns and collected 37 RBI during his junior season at Humble High School.

"Rob is a special player and an excellent student," said Hill. "He is a very athletic catcher, has a strong arm and possesses the energy-level you want behind the plate. Offensively, he has a good approach at the plate and is an aggressive baserunner. He's a very focused kid that is driven to be the best on the field and in the classroom."

Vogel, a first team all-state selection as a junior, helped lead head coach Mark Hey's Ankeny High School team to a 35-6 record by posting an 11-0 record and 1.57 ERA. Yet another multi-sport athlete in this group of recruits, he has earned state-wide honors in track and cross country.

"Todd is a tall, athletic pitcher with a great make-up," said Hill. "He has a polished, simple delivery and has good command of three pitches. He really impressed us with the way he elevated his performance during the stretch run of the state tournament last summer. He is also an excellent student."

Wiley, a THSBCA all-state outfielder, hit .361 with 6 homeruns and 34 RBI for head coach Rick Lynch at Tomball High School. Texas Baseball News ranked him as the fifth best outfielder and 12th-best overall prospect in the state of Texas.

"Byron is another standout from Tomball High School's highly-regarded program," said Hill. "He's a great athlete that can run the ball down in the outfield. He's also proven himself to be one of the top left-handed hitters in Texas. When you consider the possibility we might lose our entire outfield after this year, Byron will be looked upon to make an immediate impact in our program."

2005 Kansas State Baseball Signees

Name Po. B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)

Jordan Cruz OF L/R 6-1 200 Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson HS)
Trevor Hurley RHP R/R 6-3 200 Tomball, Texas (Tomball HS)
Robbie Knight OF R/L 5-10 160 Bennington, Neb. (Millard North HS)
Tyler Link IF R/R 5-9 160 Houston, Texas (Langham Creek HS)
Corey Morehouse RHP R/R 6-0 175 Houston, Texas (Langham Creek HS)
Anthony Morris RHP R/R 6-2 170 Humble, Texas (Humble HS)
Justin Murray RHP R/R 6-3 190 Manhattan, Kan. (Manhattan HS)
Rob Vaughn C R/R 5-10 165 Humble, Texas (Humble HS)
Todd Vogel RHP R/R 6-4 185 Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny HS)
Byron Wiley OF L/L 6-2 215 Tomball, Texas (Tomball HS)

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