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Bagels and ballpoints appeared in profusion Wednesday morning in a Jesuit High conference room, where seven Tigers baseball players joined basketball standout Jack Fleming in signing with their respective college programs.
The seven signees tied the 2011 class for the largest single-day signing group in Richie Warren's six-year tenure as coach. The group consisted of: C/RHP/3B Adrian Chacon (North Carolina), LHP John Kilichowski (Vanderbilt), 2B/SS Vincent Miniet (USF), RHP Jordan Parnell (High Point), RHP/1B/OF Daniel Portales (USF), OF Leland Saile (Navy) and RHP/SS Spencer Trayner (UNC).
Wednesday marked the start of the NCAA's early signing period for most sports other than football. The National Letter of Intent signed by the athletes is binding.
All own GPAs of 3.1 or better, with Kilichowski and Saile currently above 4.0. Three of them -- Chacon, Miniet and Saile -- hit .333 or better last season, when Jesuit reached the Class 5A state tournament. On the mound, Kilichowski and Trayner both worked at least 30 innings last season, posting ERAs of well below 1.00.
Saile, who also began the 2012 football season as Jesuit's starting quarterback, is in the process of trying to receive a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy -- a prerequisite for admission. The grandson of a Vietnam War veteran, he must serve a minimum five years of military service upon his commissioning after graduation from the Academy.