One of the many impressive prospects in this class is Sean Leland, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Orland Park (Ill.) Sandburg High School and is considered one of the top prospects in the state of Illinois for the class of 2014.
"One of the main reasons I chose U of L was pitching coach Roger Williams, and what he has done with the pitching program, and how he transforms pitchers into all around athletes," Leland said.
The big right-hander is taking the off season to his advantage, by trying to improve on every aspect of his game.
"A lot of running, and then I work with one of the coaches and he has me on a throwing program. That varies with certain long toss exercises to short of the mound type of stuff," he said.
Leland, who was one of the top players at the Prep Baseball Report Top Prospect Showcase this past summer, knows that there is still much to improve upon as he heads into his senior season, and eventually U of L.
"I'm a big movement guy with all of my pitches, so I'd guess I would have to say that I need to control my movement a little better," Leland said.
Before eventually deciding to commit to the Cards, the Illinois native received interest from several other Division I schools.
"I was real interested in Northwestern, Michigan State, Ball State, and Kansas," Leland said.
After a disappointing loss in the 4A regional semifinals to end his junior season, the big right-hander hopes that his senior season ends on a different note.
"With Bryan Pall a Michigan commit, we are very deep in terms of pitching and we hope to make a very deep run in the playoffs, and hopefully win state," Leland said.