Signee Profile: Jordan Tabakman

Inside Carolina profiles UNC's 2010 baseball recruiting class. Today the spotlight is on Jordan Tabakman, a pitcher from from Pompton Plains (N.J.) Pequannock Township High School.

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Bio: The 6-4, 215-pound right handed pitcher is ranked the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey by Perfect Game and at No. 262 nationally in the 2010 class. Tabakman was honored as an all-state performer while leading Pequannock High to a state championship during his junior season, including a stretch where he threw three straight shutouts over 25 innings. He also participated in the prestigious Area Code Games.

Recruitment: North Carolina began recruiting Tabakman after the conclusion of his sophomore high school campaign, "I think it was in the summer going into my junior year when I was with my summer team in New Jersey - The New Jersey Twins," Tabakman said. "I got a letter from them to fill out a questionnaire and I sent it back and got in contact with the coach. I had a baseball tournament in Florida and I did really well and Coach Forbes was down there and he saw me and came to a couple more of my tournaments - he told me he liked me a lot and we talked to each other a lot. I went on a visit to Chapel Hill and I really loved it."

Tabakman also visited NC State and Virginia. "The ACC is one of the top conferences in the NCAA along with the SEC and just to be a part of that and being able to play against other ACC teams is going to be amazing and I can not wait for the competition," he added.

Why Carolina? "Their baseball team is amazing and has had great success every year and I just wanted to be a part of that," Tabakman said. "The atmosphere around the campus and everything is incredible and I want to be a part of that and am happy to do so. The main reason that I choose to sign with North Carolina is because of the great academics they have to offer and the great success their baseball team has achieved. I can't wait to be apart of it."

Tabakman also had a strong connection with the Diamond Heels coaches. "The coaching staff is great - I talk with all of them a lot and they are just great people and I am excited to play for them," he said. "To be around them and for them to teach me everything - I cannot wait."

Scouting Report: Tabakman's arsenal on the mound features a fastball, curve and changeup. He has a compact, overhead delivery with good deception in his pitching motion. His sinking fastball reaches into the low 90s. He also has a looping breaking ball in the low 70s in addition to an effective change up. Tabakman is a classic power pitcher who should continue to increase his velocity as he develops. He has put on 25 pounds in the last two years, evidence of being a hard worker in the weight room, and has really focused on his lower body which has translated well for his pitching power.

Tabakman also plays in the outfield while not pitching and starred in basketball in high school. On the court, Tabakman rotates between guard or forward and eclipsed the Pequannock scoring record with 1,494 points.

Statistics: Tabakman amassed a 9-2 record with a 1.22 ERA, while batting .403, during his junior high school season. At the time of this writing, his senior season record was 6-0, with a 2.74 ERA in 30.2 innings with 42 strikeouts. He's also batting .500 with 17 runs batted in, 3 home runs, 1 triple and 2 doubles.

Coach Quotes: "He is the complete package," stated Pequannock coach Bill Arata about his talented right handed hurler. "Extremely high level of competitiveness both as a baseball player and a young man. His strongest trait as a baseball player? That is a hard one. I think it is his tenacity, his drive to compete in pressure situations. He has been a four year starter playing right field and pitching. He swings a great bat as well as his work on the mound."

"I would project him to be competitive at the highest level," Arata elaborated. "The scouting of Jordan has been very active. There have been a number of scouts behind the backstop every game he has pitched and there have been a couple of contacts asking when he is throwing in the rotation and the scouts have been in contact with his family as well. There has been a high level of interest."

Future Plans: Based on the scouting interest to date, Jordan Tabakman will have a difficult decision after the Major League Baseball amateur draft on June 7. "I am leaning towards North Carolina right now," he said. "It all depends on where I am drafted and what kind of offer is presented. Probably I would say if I was selected in the top five rounds, otherwise I would head to North Carolina and get a lot better and hopefully get drafted in the top five rounds the next time."

If Tabakman chooses the college route, he already has his goals set for his time in Chapel Hill. "I want to compete and hopefully get a spot to pitch a lot and not just sit the bench all the time," he stated. "But to definitely help out the team, win the ACC Tournament and to definitely win the College World Series. North Carolina has been fortunate to make it the past four years and come up short - I want to win the whole thing."

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