Anderson one of 13 early USC baseball signees
Through DeSean's recruiting process, he and his family became ardent Gamecock fans and everything related to Gamecock baseball, due to the history of the program and its coaching staff. It started with Coach Chad Holbrook, who had originally seen DeSean while he was an Assistant Coach at UNC. Holbrook saw the same thing I saw in DeSean... a young man blessed with athletic ability, the will to win, and a teammate that gives 100% on the field.
While being introduced to DeSean, one aspect of this young man (along with his polite demeanor) was the solid build of his frame. He has very large wrists and mostly muscle through the arms, shoulder and chest. The wrists explained the handspeed that I witnessed while at bat. At 17, he had the uncanny ability to wait until the last second to swing, taking it to the opposite field for a hit. He can hit for power - he can hit big or small. His 4.5/40 speed explained his quickness to get to first, his quickness to steal 2nd and his baseball acumen to get a jump on the ball while playing second base. Quick hands, quick feet and a sharp mind for the game.
Currently, DeSean plays center field for the Ragsdale Tigers (along with football, which his dad coaches. DeSean is a wide receiver and punter for the football team). It has been said that he may get some looks at second base during the Fall practices of 2010. Whatever position he is destined to play at Carolina, he is capable of big plays. I had the pleasure of seeing this first hand in a game where they placed him in right field. I was impressed when he scaled an outfield wall to rob a hitter of a home run, then hit the cut-off man to hold all runners on base.
This young man is a fine example of the all-around player that Coach Holbrook is looking for. Coach often mentions Carolina's desire to find position players possessing speed and power with a passion to play for the Gamecocks. DeSean Anderson fits the bill.
While leaving the ball park in Marietta with the Andersons, it is easy to tell there are many who share Coach Holbrook's opinion of him. We are followed by a major league scout all the way from the field to the Anderson's car. We are greeted at the car by an agent anxious to get a feel for what DeSean's future may hold. But his future is decided; he wants to go to Carolina to study sports medicine with a physical education background. Just as important is his desire to play for a team in a conference he loves while pursuing a CWS championship ring.
There are other players that I watched participate at the WWBA U-17 Tourney; they also took early commitments with Carolina and have similar aspirations. I would be remiss if I didn't mention their names and AAU travel teams: Drake Thomason (Carolina Cyclones), Forest Koumas (Palmetto Sand Gnats), Jake Watson (S. Charlotte Panthers) and Patrick Harrington (Richmond Braves Nat'l.'10). All are position players with a solid understanding of the game and a gift for playing it. In the case of those four commits, they have similar power, strength and baseball acumen that I witnessed in DeSean's case. They are also excited about being Gamecocks and playing their college ball at the highest of levels. This 2010 class is shaping up to become something special.
2010 Early Yardcock Signees
Player Position Hometown (School Presently Attending) DeSean Anderson OF High Point, N.C. (Ragsdale H.S.)
Greg Brodzinski C/1B, 3B Turnersville, N.J.(Bishop Eustace Prep School)
Wes Cook LHP Montgomery, Al. (Central Alabama JC)
Cameron Greathouse LHP Columbus, Ga. (Gulf Coast JC)
Bryan Harper* LHP Las Vegas, Nv. (Col. of Southern Nevada)
Patrick Harrington C Virginia Beach, Va. (Kellam HS)
Forrest Koumas RHP Elgin, S.C. (Lugoff-Elgin H.S.)
Peter Mooney** SS Loxahatchee, Fl. (Palm Beach CC)
Erik Payne 3B/OF Richmond, Va. (Mills Godwin HS)
Donn Roach RHP Las Vegas, Nv. (Col. of Southern Nevada)
Drake Thompson RHP Taylors, S.C. (Eastside H.S.)
Jake Watson SS/3B Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian H.S.)
Mason Williams OF/RHP Winter Garden, Fl. (West Orange H.S.)
* Bryan is the older brother of Bryce Harper. Bryce Harper is the presumptive first pick of the 2010 MLB draft.
** Peter Mooney's older brother, Michael Mooney, was the 2009 Florida Gator shortstop (named Defensive Player of the Year in '09). Mike (S/R) attended Palm Beach CC and was drafted in 2009 by the Baltimore Orioles (23rd round) out of his first year at UF. It is said that Peter "could be the best Mooney of them all" according to The Beach, a '10 team report on the Palm Beach C.C. website (www.pbcc.edu).
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