2014 Signing Class Bios
Cal Baker – INF – R/R – 5-10, 170 – Cylo, Ga./Effingham County
Started as a freshman at second base for Effingham County for head
coach Brett Griffin... Slid over to shortstop for his sophomore and
junior campaigns... Hit .444 for the Rebels during their 2011 final
four run... A Top-100 section twice and a 2012 Preseason All-State
selection by the Georgia Dugout Club... Received All-Region honors
twice as well as being named to the All-Greater Savannah Team in
2011... Recipient of the 2011 HOBY Leadership Award off the field...
Also lettered four times in football... Son of David and Dawn.
Akeem Bostick – RHP – R/R – 6-4, 180 – Florence, S.C./West Florence
Lettered three times in football, basketball and baseball at West
Florence High School... Named by Baseball America and Perfect game as
a top-100 senior... Ranked as the No. 1 pitcher in South Carolina and
No. 3 prospect by Perfect Game... Two-time All-Region selection and a
2012 All-State member... Selected as a 2012 Preseason All-American by
Under Armour, ESPN and Perfect Game... A Second Team Underclass
All-America selection by Perfect Game in 2012... Named to the American
Legion World Series All-Tournament team...Selected twice to
participate in the Annual South Atlantic Border Battle... Also
selected to participate in the MLB Breakthrough Series and the Diamond
Prospects Palmetto Games where he was awarded the Gold Award for best
OF arm... Son of Darryl and Linda Hughee.
C.J. Brazil – C – 6-1, 170 – Marietta, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic
Plays for head coach Andy Harlin at Blessed Trinity Catholic High
School... Earned team's Golden Glove Award... Named Georgia Dugout
Player of the Week... Reached the elite eight twice with the Titans...
Attends same high school as current major leaguer Tyler Flowers and
Georgia Tech pitcher Alex Cruz... Participated in the Perfect Game 18U
BCS Championship and the AAU 16U National Championship... Son of
Terence and Lauraine.
Ryan Cleveland – INF – 6-3, 225 – Toccoa, Ga./Stephens County
Plays for Stephens County High School... Named All-Region and selected
to the WWBA All-Tournament team his junior season... Invited to the
Perfect Game Power Showcase home run derby in Arizona... Also played
football and was named All-Region as a sophomore... Son of Derek and
Avery Fagan – RHP – R/R – 6-2, 170 – Loganville, Ga./Loganville
Spent his freshman year at George Walton Academy before transferring
to Loganville High School for his final three seasons... Helped his
team to two region victories, a final four and a state championship...
Recognized by Baseball Scoutz as the No. 19 player in Georgia...
Received Outstanding Season Award from the Georgia Dugout Club...
Four-year member of Beta Club and served as an FCS officer twice...
Also a four-year member of the honor roll... Son of Todd and Bridget.
Dustin Fowler – OF – L/L – 6-1, 170 – Cadwell, Ga./West Laurens
Plays for West Laurens High School... Hit .474 with 9 doubles, six
triples and five home runs as a junior... Batted .390 with 9 doubles,
five triples and two home runs as a sophomore... Named a Top-100
player by the Georgia Dugout Club... Selected as a Region 2-AAA Player
of the Year and a First Team Outfielder... Named to the Georgia High
School Association All-Middle Georgia Team... Son of Johnny and Renee.
Jordan Howard – RHP – R/R – 6-4, 225 – Cordele, Ga./Crisp Academy
Plays for Crisp Academy... Led the squad in home runs and was second
in batting average as a junior... Helped his team to two state
runner-up finishes and a state championship as a sophomore... Named an
Under Armour and Perfect Game Preseason All-American... Named
All-Region and All-State twice... Selected to the Albany Herald
All-Area team... Named Crisp's Offensive Player of the Year...
Recognized as the Region 3-A GISA Co-Player of the Year as a junior...
Participant in the East Coast Professional Showcase, Perfect Game
National Showcase and the Georgia Dugout Club Top-100... Son of Les
Zach Jones – RHP – R/R – 6-0, 160 – Thomaston, Ga./Upson-Lee
A transfer from Gordon College... Struck out 13 batters in 14.1
innings as a freshman... Threw 3.1 innings and struck out five batters
in the conference championship game against Middle Georgia College...
Also pitched in the JUCO College World Series... Played prep ball for
head coach Wayne Puckett at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga...
Set records for career appearances and innings pitched in a season...
Selected as a team captain his senior year... Son of Davy and Kayla.
Adam Kelly – RHP – R/R – 6-4, 185 – Gainesville, Ga./North Hall
Plays for head coach Trent Mongero at North Hall High School in
Gainesville, Ga... Received the school's Trojan and Weight Training
awards... Named an Underclassmen Preseason Honorable Mention
All-American... Selected as a Perfect Game Sunshine East Showcase Top
Prospect... Named to the WWBA 18U All-Tournament Team... Also played
basketball and was selected as a honorable mention by the Gainesville
Times... Son of Fred and Lynn.
Aaron Mizell – OF – L/R – 5-10, 155 – McRae, Ga./Telfair County
Transfer from Gordon College... Four-year letter winner at Telfair
County High School... Played for head coach Chris Ellis... Holds
school record for single season home runs with 10 and least strikeouts
with four... Named All-State in 2011... Selected as the team's MVP
three times... Twice named All-Middle Georgia... Honored as the Region
2-A Player of the Year... Also lettered twice in wrestling... Son of
Griff and Allison.
Tyler Payne – RHP – R/R – 6-2, 175 – Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy
Plays for Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga... Went 5-4 with a 1.91 ERA
with five complete games during his junior campaign... Struck out 62
batters in 51 innings pitched... Earned All-State and All-Region
honors... Selected to Team Georgia and competed in the Sunbelt
Classic... Son of Mark and Michelle.
Caleb Pressey – RHP – S/R – 6-1, 175 – Swainsboro, Ga./Emanuel County Institute
Plays for Emanuel County Institute... Two-time Region 3A First Team
All-Region selection... Posted the team's lowest ERA of 1.11... Posted
a 5-2 record in seven starts... Threw 43.2 innings and struck out 57
batters... Also played quarterback for the Bulldogs... Son of Cail and
Patrick Smith – C – R/R – 6-0, 160 – Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb
Plays for head coach Tom Callahan at North Cobb High School... A
three-year letter winner... Two-year scholar athlete... Went 2-for-3
with an RBI and a run scored in a Region 4AAAAA win over McEachern...
Helped lead the Warriors to a 17-9 record and an elite eight finish...
Member of the Nelson Baseball School... Participant in the World Wood
Bat Tournament at Lassiter High School... Son of Jeff and Mary Lynn.
Josh Wirsu – RHP – R/R – 6-0, 174 – Harlem, Ga./Harlem
Transfer from Gordon College... Three-year letter winner at Harlem
High School... Played for head coach Jimmie Lewis... Twice named
Pitcher of the Year and All-Region... Selected All-County and All-Area
in 2010 and 2011... A Rawlings/Perfect Game Southeast Region Honorable
Mention... Named to the Georgia Dugout Club's Top-100... Struck out
156 batters in 120 innings during his senior campaign... Also posted a
2.69 ERA and allowed 25 walks in 13 appearances... Son of Bruce and
The Georgia Southern baseball team signed 14 student-athletes for the 2014 signing class as announced by Head Coach Rodney Hennon.
Included in this year's class are Cal Baker (Cylo, Ga.), Akeem Bostick (Florence, S.C.), C.J. Brazil (Marietta, Ga.), Ryan Cleveland (Toccoa, Ga.), Avery Fagan (Loganville, Ga.), Dustin Fowler (Cadwell, Ga.), Jordan Howard (Cordele, Ga.), Zach Jones (Thomaston, Ga.), Adam Kelly (Gainesville, Ga.), Aaron Mizell (McRae, Ga.), Tyler Payne (Macon, Ga.), Caleb Pressey (Swainsboro, Ga.), Patrick Smith (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Josh Wirsu (Harlem, Ga.).
The class includes 11 true freshmen and three junior college transfers from Gordon College. All but one player hails from the state of Georgia and the 14 incoming recruits consist of eight pitchers and six position players.
"This is a quality group of young men that will be able to contribute greatly to our program in the coming years,” Hennon said about his 2014 signing class. “We are confident that we have addressed our most immediate needs as this class is deep in pitching and left handed hitting. Our staff worked very hard to identify these student athletes and build relationships with these young men. In particular, I would like to commend Coach Green and Coach Moore for their tireless work in completing this early signing class."
The Eagles are adding eight right handed pitchers, two infielders, two catchers and two outfielders to their 2014 squad.