Part 1 of 3: Baseball Cats ink nine

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After securing two top-six recruiting classes in his first two seasons at the helm of the Kentucky baseball program, UK head coach Gary Henderson announced that nine talented prospects have signed national letters of intent. This is part one of a three-part look at those recruits.

"We are really excited about our 2010 class," Henderson said. "The last two years, we have had top-ranked classes and this group of student-athletes is every bit as good. One of the best things about this class is that we have a solid group of Kentucky kids who come to UK. We are extremely excited that we could keep these Kentucky guys home for their college careers."

In his first season as head coach, Henderson, recruiting coordinator Brad Bohannon and assistant coach Brian Green – a former recruiting coordinator at UCLA – signed the fourth-best recruiting class in college baseball, as ranked by Baseball America before the 2009 season. Earlier in the fall, Collegiate Baseball ranked UK's current freshman class as the sixth-best class in the NCAA.

KSR will now take a look at signees Trevor Gott, Corey Littrell, and Paul McConkey.

Trevor Gott, RHP/IF, 6-0, 190 (Lexington, Ky., Tates Creek High School)

Lexington product comes to UK from Tates Creek High School … Two-way prospect named second-team All-State as a junior … Led Tates Creek in hitting (.382) and ERA (1.12), earning first-team All-City accolades … Was named a second-team preseason All-American by Perfect Game in 2008-09 … Named Rookie of the Year as a freshman, with a 2.95 ERA … As a sophomore, led Tates Creek in hitting (.338) and strikeouts, earning first-team All-City accolades.

Henderson on Gott …

"Trevor is a good athlete and has tremendous arm strength. He had a lot of success in his baseball career at a young age and we have watched him for a long time. His body is begining to get some strength, which is going to help him tremendously on the mound."

Corey Littrell, LHP, 6-1, 185 (Louisville, Ky., Trinity High School)

Widely regarded as the top prospect in the state of Kentucky … Dynamic left-handed pitcher earned All-State honors in 2009 for coach Steven Tompkins at Trinity High School … Struck out 141 in 111 innings in 2009, totaling a startling 0.72 ERA and a 13-2 record with one save and just 39 walks … Participated in the East-Coast Professional Showcase in Lakeland, Fla. … At the plate in 2009, hit .375 with 19 runs, seven doubles, two triples, two homers and 18 RBI … Named All-District as a sophomore in 2008, with Trinity winning the District Championship … Led team to the state-semi championship in 2009 … A first-team Academic All-State selection in 2008 and 2009, in addition to making the honor roll every quarter at Trinity … Played basketball as a freshman.

Full name is Corey David Littrell … Son of Jack Littrell and Kathy Perkins … Father played baseball in the Dodgers and Expos organizations, with grandfather playing in the Athletics and Cubs organizations.

Henderson on Littrell …

"Corey has an advanced ability to pitch for his age. He can already command his fastball and he has a very good change-up that he can throw for a strike. We expect him to pitch early and often during his UK career. He is a serious competitor that we have a chance to build a staff around. He will need to make the same adjustments that they all do but I expect him to compete for innings immediately."

Paul McConkey, IF, 5-11, 175 (Knoxville, Tenn., Halls High School)

Talented infielder earned all-region and all-district honors in 2009 as a junior at Halls High School in Knoxville, Tenn. … Hit .482 as a junior with 14 doubles, eight homers, 37 RBI and nine stolen bases … Set the school record for doubles in a season and the most double plays turned in a career … Named an academic honors student in 2007 and 2008 … As a sophomore, hit .384 with 12 doubles, three homers and 25 RBI, swiping six bases … Led team to the district tournament as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Coached by Doug Polston … Played football as a freshman, earning four letters in baseball.

Full name is Paul Michael McConkey … Son of Mike and Janet McConkey … Has one sister, Emilee (22) … Father played baseball at Tennessee, sister played softball at Austin Peay University.

Henderson on McConkey …

"Paul has a very good feel to hit and he can play all three infield spots. He also plays the game with a lot of confidence and poise. That is hard to find in a 17-year old. He is an extremely good competitor who is serious about being a great baseball player. His attitude and make-up are strong. He will bring an approach that will make those around him better."

Stay tuned to Part two of three, when KSR will take a look at Gavin Patton, Blake Perry, and J.T. Riddle.

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