Gators land fourth straight Top 8 baseball recruiting class
Florida's 2012 baseball recruiting class has been named No. 7 in the nation in Collegiate Baseball's 30th annual ranking of NCAA Division I baseball recruiting classes, the publication released today.
The Gators' 11 recruits include 10 freshmen and one transfer. UF's ranking for sixth-year head coach Kevin O’Sullivan marks its fourth-consecutive time in the top 8 on the publication's list, after being No. 1 in 2009, No. 5 in 2010 and No. 8 in 2011.
"This ranking is a credit to the players and how hard each of them worked during their high school careers and it also recognizes the outstanding effort of our coaching staff during the recruiting process,” O’Sullivan said. “These players have performed at a high level and we are counting on them contributing right away for us. The state of Florida in particular possessed a wealth of talent and we were fortunate to have many of these student-athletes come to the University of Florida."
Florida finished the 2011-12 season at 47-20 overall and advanced to the NCAA College World Series for the third-straight season. The Gators also reached the 40-win plateau for the 21st time in school history and the fourth-straight year.
Florida finished among the top 8 within each of the collegiate baseball polls: No. 3 in Baseball America, No. 6 in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and USA Today/ESPN and No. 7 in Collegiate Baseball.
The Gators will begin fall practice on Oct. 7, at McKethan Stadium and will open its 2013 season gainst Duke on Feb. 15 in Gainesville.