Steckenrider one of the top athletes for Vols

A top 10 recruiting class has Volunteer Baseball fans optimistic that this could be the break out season for Raleigh's program. One of those top newcomers is true freshman outfielder Drew Steckenrider. A Georgia native, Steckenrider was rated the No. 19 overall prospect in the country by PGCrosschecker.com. Go "Inside" for the best baseball coverage for all Volunteer fans.

One of the main reasons for excitement around the Tennessee Baseball program is all the new faces that third year head coach Todd Raleigh has assembled.

A top 10 recruiting class has Volunteer Baseball fans optimistic that this could be the break out season for Raleigh's program.

One of those top newcomers is true freshman outfielder Drew Steckenrider. A Georgia native, Steckenrider was rated the No. 19 overall prospect in the country by PGCrosschecker.com. He was also rated the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.

InsideTennessee.com caught up with Steckenrider recently to help introduce him to the Tennessee fan base.

"It's been exciting," Steckenrider said. "We are getting into the swing of things, getting to know my new teammates and learning the system."

Coach Raleigh is excited about having the talented outfielder on his roster.

"Drew is probably our best athlete in this class," Raleigh said. "He is 6-4, he can run, he can hit with power from both sides of the plate and he can hit for average."

Steckenrider batted .483 his senior season as a switch hitter for Greater Atlanta Christian. He had offers from Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida.

"I like it here at Tennessee a lot," Steckenrider said. "Its everything I expected it to be and more. The coaching staff and the great facilities are two of the main reasons why picked the Vols. Tennessee were the right fit for me."

The talented outfielder was a major piece of Raleigh's recruiting puzzle.

"He can pretty much do it all," Raleigh said. "We feel like Drew can come in right away and help to replace some of what we will lose in next year's draft. He is certainly very talented, no question about it."


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