BUIES CREEK – Campbell University head baseball coach Greg Goff has announced the signing of six student-athletes to the CU baseball program. Will Albertson (Archdale, N.C.), Colby Fox (Weaverville, N.C.), John Reilly (Great Falls, Mont.), Jesse Simmons (Ash, N.C.), Ryan Thompson (Turner, Ore.) and Aaron Vogt (Wildwood, Mo.) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend school in Buies Creek in the 2012-13 academic year.
"We are extremely pleased to sign these six outstanding student-athletes and outstanding young men," Goff said. "Recruiting coordinator Justin Haire and assistant coach Rick McCarty have traveled many miles, and spent countless hours identifying and recruiting the players that fit our program, and I can't wait to see how these six fit into our system next fall. Each one of these young men will fit the mission of our program and university, and will be looked upon to have an immediate impact in the Black and Orange. Coach Haire and Coach McCarty have done an outstanding job of both filling what will be our immediate needs caused by graduation, and setting our program up for years of future success."
Will Albertson is a catcher/outfielder from Randleman High School, where he plays for coach Van Hurley, Jr. Albertson batted .511 last season with 55 RBI, nine home runs and 37 runs scored, and was named to the 2A All-State team for his efforts. He is also a three-time all-conference honoree, and participated in the 2011 North Carolina State Games. "Will is going to be a special player for us. His overall athleticism and versatility is going to fit into what we want in a Campbell baseball player," Goff said. "He comes from good high school and summer programs, and is a proven winner. We look for Will to have a great career for us, and can't wait until he gets on campus."
Colby Fox will come to Buies Creek as an infielder out of North Buncombe High School, where he is playing for coach Wesley King. During the 2011 season, Fox batted .450 with 13 doubles, six home runs, 34 RBI and 39 runs scored. The two-time all-conference winner has been named to the All-State team during his high school career. "Colby is a player that has not even begun to scratch the surface of how good he can be. He, again, fits the athletic mold that we are looking for in our position players, and will be counted on to eventually be an explosive player at the top of our lineup," Goff commented on the Weaverville, N.C. native. "Colby also has some versatility which will allow him to find his way into the lineup early in his career for the Black and Orange."
John Reilly will join the Camels from Columbia Basin College in Washington, where he plays infield for coach Steve Farrington. The Great Falls, Mont. native batted .385 with 32 runs scored last season while stealing 14-of-15 bases with a .504 on base percentage. He helped lead his team to a 2011 NWAACC East Region championship while being named to the All-East Region and All-NWAACC tournament teams after mounting a 31-game errorless streak in the field. "John is coming to us from one of the top junior college programs in the Pacific Northwest, and will be counted on to be an impact player for us," Goff said. "He is a switch-hitting, athletic infielder that will have a chance to fit nicely into our aggressive offensive system. John is a hardworking, dirtbag-type of player that will bring a hard-nosed, gritty attitude to our team, and fit in well with our returning players. We can't wait to get him on campus."
Jesse Simmons is an outfielder out of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, N.C., where he plays for coach Mike Alderson. The Ash, N.C. resident finished last season with a .446 batting average, ten doubles, 25 RBI, 35 runs scored and a perfect 13-for-13 stolen base slate on the base paths. Simmons is the eighteenth-ranked player in the state of North Carolina by Impact Scout. While at WBHS, he has been a two-time all-conference honoree, selected to the all-county team and NC State Games and is also a member of his school's National Honor Society. "Jesse is coming to us from southeast NC, and will be a welcomed addition to our program. He is a left-handed athletic outfielder, and will continue to develop as he gets into our strength and conditioning program," Goff said. "He spent the summer playing with some of the best players in the country with Coach Andy Partin's Dirtbag Baseball program, and I think that experience will only serve him well as he arrives on campus. He is another high quality athlete that we expect to have a great career."
Ryan Thompson is a right handed pitcher out of Chemeketa Community College (Oregon), where he plays for coach Nathan Pratt. Last season, he finished with a 3.03 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched for CCC, including a 38/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This past summer, he pitched 18 innings in the Alaska Collegiate League for the Alaska Goldpanners, finishing with a 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts and four walks while saving three games. The Turner, Oregon native was a 2010 All-State selection his senior year of high school while also being named his conference's pitcher of the year. He was also named to the All-NWAACC South Region team last season. "Ryan is another player coming to us from the Pacific Northwest, and another player that we are going to be counting on to make a big contribution right away," Goff said. "We expect him to be a workhorse for us out of the bullpen, much like he has been at CCC. Being a side-arm right-handed pitcher, we feel like Ryan fills a role that we have been missing on our pitching staff, and look for him to put up good numbers when he gets here next fall."
Aaron Vogt is an outfielder from Heartland Community College in Illinois, where he plays for coach Nate Metzger. Vogt batted .368 last season with 20 RBI, ten-for-ten on stolen base attempts and a .478 on base percentage. He helped his HCC team to a fifth place finish at the NFCAA D-II World Series this past season. In high school, the Wildwood, Missouri native was all-conference all-state and a district player of the year. "Aaron comes to us from Coach Metzger up at Heartland Community College, and we cannot wait for him to get here," Goff said. "He is a physical outfielder that can run, and do some things on the bases. Aaron will be a perfect fit for our offensive system, and will be a plus defender in the outfield as he will be coming from one of the best community college programs in the country. We look for Aaron to be an immediate impact player for us next year."
"Again, we cannot wait to get these young men to Buies Creek next fall. These six student-athletes give us a great start to our incoming class, and I expect to continue to bring in high quality students and high quality athletes to Campbell," Goff commented. "These young men that have signed early certainly fit that mold, and will have a major impact on shaping the future of Campbell Baseball. We look forward to both adding a few more commitments in the spring, and to the all of their arrivals to campus next fall."