3 more commits for FSU baseball

Perfect Game

FSU baseball’s fall practice just began, but the coaching staff has been hard at work ever since Mike Martin Jr. was hired. The staff continues to push on with 3 more commits over the last few days. In my last recruiting article, I mentioned that it would be a big weekend for the staff, as it was the last before fall practice started and that you could expect a commit or two for the staff. Well the staff upped that number to three, with the commits of Ryan Denison, Colton Vincent, and Riley Jackson.

The first commit came last Thursday, as RHP Ryan Denison committed to the ‘Noles. Denison comes from Jesuit High School, the same high school that current Seminoles Jack Anderson, Clayton Kwiatkowski, and Nico Baldor came from. The Tampa native is extremely projectable, as he already stands 6’4 and is just 15 years old. The lanky righty, weighing 190 pounds, has been up to 90 on the mound and regularly sits from 85-88. Ryan pairs the fastball with a sharp breaking ball which is already quite advanced. The righty will only pick up velocity as he adds on strength.

Denison continues the 813 pipeline for Florida State baseball. FSU’s current roster already consists of 10 players from the Tampa Bay area, one of the best area’s in the nation when it comes to baseball talent. The Jesuit student is the 9th commit of the 2022 class and the 2nd pitcher, pairing with another projectable righty in Davion Hickson. This class is already one of the better ones in the nation, as Denison is the 8th commit in the top 500 according to Perfect Game.

Colton Vincent is the first JUCO commit for Junior since he took over as head coach. Vincent is coming off his freshman season at the College of Central Florida. The Palmetto native is a 6’1, 177-pound catcher that hits from the right side. Vincent had a productive freshman year for the Patriots, hitting .318 in 47 games. Vincent also posted 34 RBI’s and scored 40 runs, while having 19 more free passes than K’s. Behind the plate, Vincent gunned down 11/36 attempted stolen bases.

This is big for FSU as starting catcher Matheu Nelson will be a draft-eligible sophomore in the upcoming draft. If Nelson puts up numbers at the plate as he did this past season and fine tunes his defense behind the plate he will likely be a top-5 round pick. FSU currently has 2 freshmen catchers on the roster, but Vincent will likely be a safety net and a competitor for the starting job next season.

The ‘Noles final commit on Monday night was the cherry on top of the sundae. FSU picked up their second commit of the 2023 class and their second commit within the top 40 of the class. After picking up OF Justin Best last month, the Seminoles have added Riley Jackson to the class. Jackson is a power-hitting catcher from the right side of the box. Jackson already has quite the physical body for a 15-year old, standing 5-11, 180 pounds. The Melbourne native is one of the highest-rated players in the country, 20th in the class and the top catcher in FL. Jackson has already put up pop times under 2 seconds before he even turned 15. The catcher is a player that could change the game on both sides of the ball.

Junior continues to follow up on one of his main goals from his introductory press conference, “From the recruiting, I want to recruit faster. I want to recruit earlier.” With a 2nd 2023 commit and 8 2022 commits this summer, Meat isn’t just coming through on what he said, but even exceeding expectations. Across the country, there have only been just 50 commitments so far for the 2023 class, according to Perfect Game, and Florida State has 2 such commits. Likely, this is just the beginning as Mike Martin Jr. continues to show he’s one of the best recruiters in the nation.

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