Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:02 PM
Published on: Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The University of Maryland baseball team last month announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent including three players with local ties.
“The class fills a lot if not all of the needs we have,” Maryland head coach John Szefc said. “It is a pitching heavy class, which is pretty typical nowadays. It has some balance to it as far (as) guys that would project to being starters and some that would project as being finishers.”
The recruiting class is made up of three players each from Maryland and New Jersey and one player from New York.
The talented trio of student-athletes from Maryland all attend private high schools in Prince George’s County.
Local products Chase Brewis, Bradley Keith and Tayler Stiles are among the seven-person class that is expected to arrive on the College Park campus in August and compete for the Terps in 2014.
“Along with Stiles and Keith,” said Szefc, “it was really important for us as a staff to get three of the best players in Maryland in this class.”
Brewis, Keith and Stiles are among a group of nearly three dozen student-athletes named to the 2013 preseason all-state team.
Keith, an outfielder from DeMatha, won’t have to venture far from the Hyattsville private school. He batted .440 with 15 runs scored and registered 14 RBI and 12 stolen bases last season.
“Keith is a pretty polished left-handed bat and liked the idea of staying close to home,” Szefc said.
Meanwhile, Brewis, a right-handed pitcher from Riverdale Baptist and Stiles, a left-hander from Bishop McNamara, are also among the state’s top-rated players who will be heading to College Park later this year.
“He should be an immediate impact guy,” Szefc said about Stiles. “If we are going to be a good program, we need to get guys like him, Brewis and Keith to come to Maryland.”
The class also includes New York’s Matt Oniffrey along with New Jersey products Nick Cieri, Andrew Green and Mike Rescigno.