Signee Profile: Tommy Coyle

Tommy Coyle, a middle infielder from Chalfont (Pa.) Germantown Academy, signed with North Carolina and will join the Tar Heel baseball program later this year.

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Bio: The 5-9, 170-pound middle infielder was ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 8 prospect in Pennsylvania, in addition to being in the top 300 nationally (No. 271). He batted .471 with a .548 on base percentage his junior season, scoring 48 runs and recording 48 RBI while stealing 16 bases. His brother, Sean Coyle (2010), has verbally committed to North Carolina.

Recruitment: "I received a questionnaire in the mail - I was not sure if it was a fluke or something. After that, I received the weekly updates and it all worked out from there. I was looking at Duke and ECU pretty heavily and had some correspondence with South Carolina and LSU, those being some of the biggest ones. I was going down to visit Duke a couple of weeks after I received my offer from UNC and [was told] if I went down to ECU that I probably would receive an offer from them. UNC was the first place that I received an offer from. That was great for me because I knew once I got in there I was good to go."

Why Carolina?: "I think deep down I have always been a Tar Heel fan, just growing up and watching them play basketball. Other than that I just love the program - the total package just sold me. Academics are really important, UNC is the top public university in the country, that really helped. The baseball program I think is on the rise, having gone to the College World Series the past three years, and the coaching staff are all great guys and I love them, so it was the total package. They all come in line and the decision that I made is the perfect decision and the right decision. I could not pass it up; the offer was too good to be true and the opportunity was once in a lifetime."

Scouting Report: Coyle is a left handed batter who has excellent speed out of the box and on the bases. He has been clocked as low as 6.69 in the 60 yard dash at the 2008 Perfect Game National Showcase. He is a smooth infielder with good hands and strong arm action that has improved in velocity as he has matured. He is a line drive hitter who hits the ball where it is pitched with a patient approach at the plate. He has the ability to steal bases, score runs and hit for average, in addition to getting on base in college.

Coach Quote: Germantown Academy coach John Duffy -- "He has been a four-year starter and been an all-league performer the past three years. He is not a real vocal ‘rah-rah' kind of guy, he just goes out and plays the game hard - the way it is supposed to be. He runs everything out. If the ball is a single, he turns it into a double; doubles he turns into triples. He plays the game hard all the time. If we are up five runs or down five runs he has the team approach and he his not happy unless he is doing his job, whether that job is driving a guy in or moving him over. At the next level I could see him being a second baseman or corner outfielder who can run balls down and be a top of the order batter, hitting one or two... He is a table setter and the one thing that never will go away is his speed. He will put a tremendous amount of pressure on the defense."

Future Plans: "I am not really thinking about [the MLB Draft] right now. I am planning on coming to UNC and playing next year - I can not wait for that. I was really excited when [my brother] decided to come as well. The couple of years that we will have together will be pretty special."

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