Volunteer Baseball team to sign 12 prospects

The early signing period for College baseball gets underway today, third year Tennessee Head Baseball Coach has to be smiling with 12 current commitments that are expected to sign during the seven day signing period. InsideTennessee.com will take a look at each one of the 12 pledges with some quotes and stats from some of the signees. Go "Inside" with your only source for UT Baseball Recruiting.

The early signing period for College baseball gets underway today, third year Tennessee Head Baseball Coach has to be smiling with 12 current commitments that are expected to sign during the seven day signing period.

InsideTennessee.com will take a look at each one of the 12 pledges with some quotes and stats from some of the signees including when some are planning on signing with the Vols.

This signing class includes seven pitchers, three outfielders/infielders and one two catchers.

Chris Hawkins- 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete- Outfielder/Third Base North Gwinnett High School Suwannee Georgia

Hawkins will sign this Friday at a ceremony at his high school. He batted over .400 as a junior with 13 doubles and one homerun. He earned 1st Team All Region honors and was named to Junior Team Georgia.

Offers included: Tennessee, Georgia Southern, Clemson and Georgia Tech

"I love the direction that Coach Todd Raleigh has his baseball program headed in," Hawkins said. "I loved everything about the University of Tennessee. The atmosphere was incredible."

Andrew Toles-5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete-Outfielder-Sandy Creek High School Georgia

Andrew, who is the son of former Tennessee football star Alvin Toles, will sign his scholarship papers with the Vols today. Toles is a speedy outfielder who finished his junior season with a .430 batting average. He hit two home runs and had 25 stolen bases. He earned Second Team All-American honors.

Offers included: Tennessee, LSU, Georgia Tech, Florida, Auburn, Florida International and Kansas.

"Tennessee is a great fit for me," Toles told InsideTennessee. "The chance to be able to come in and get early playing time was a key factor in my decision. I have grown up rooting for the Orange and White."

Carter Watson-6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete-Right hand pitcher-Siegal High School Tennessee

Carter is a right handed pitcher that recorded a 4-2 record his junior season, including a 2.28 E.R.A. and 78 strikeouts. He will sign his scholarship papers with Tennessee on Friday at his high school.

Offers included: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Clemson and LSU

"I really love the coaching staff," Watson said. "I really think this is the year that Coach (Todd) Raleigh gets the program turned around."

Blake Berger-6-foot-0, 180-pound athlete-Catcher-Mandarin High School, Florida

Berger, one of the top 10 catchers in the state of Florida, will sign his scholarship papers with the Vols on Thursday at a ceremony at his high school. Berger finished his junior year with over a .300 batting average and earned the Rookie of the Year Award in 2008. He earned the starting role at catcher his sophomore year at one of the biggest high schools in the sunshine state.

Offers included Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, Troy State and Alabama

"Tennessee was the best school and the best fit for me," Berger said. "Coach (Todd) Raleigh is one of the top up and coming coaches in the country. I loved Knoxville, it felt like a second home to me."

Nick Williams-6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete-Right hand pitcher-Farragut High School, Knoxville Tennessee

Williams will sign his scholarship with UT on Friday during a ceremony at his high school. He is a big right handed pitcher that finished his junior season with a 6-0 record and an impressive 0.82 E.R.A. He also ended the season with a .320 batting average including 9 homeruns and 35 R.B.I.'s He earned All District and All Region honors and was named to First team PrepExtra Baseball squad.

Offers included: Tennessee, Stanford, UAB, MTSU, and Tennessee Tech

"Tennessee is somewhere I have always wanted to play," Williams said. "I grew up Orange and White, I love Rocky Top and this is a dream come true for me."

Matt Kirkland- 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete-Third Base/Outfielder-South Doyle High School Tennessee

Kirkland, who grew up in the Knoxville area, will hopefully sign his scholarship papers in the next couple of days. He is a third baseman and outfielder.

"I have been Orange and White my entire life," Kirkland admitted. "I really like Coach (Todd) Raleigh a lot. We are a whole lot a like."

Taylor Morton- 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete-Right Hand Pitcher/Catcher-Bartlett High School Tennessee

Morton, a standout pitcher and catcher, will sign his UT scholarship on Thursday. He batted .330 as a junior, earning All Metro and All District honors.

"I want to come in and be a difference maker for this ball club," Morton said. "I love all the coaches, they were a big reason I chose to go to Tennessee."

Ethan Bennett-Catcher-Farragut High School Knoxville Tennessee

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Mike Boyden-Right Hand Pitcher-Northwest Shoals Community College Alabama

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Levi Dean-Right Hand Pitcher-Lower Columbia College-Centraila, Washington

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T.J. Thornton-Left Hand Pitcher-Indian River Community College-Lake Worth Florida

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Vicente Teran-Right hand Pitcher-Canyon del Oro High School-Oro Valley, AZ

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Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com your only source for Tennessee Baseball recruiting coverage for further profiles and features on the remaining signing class.

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