The University of Louisville baseball program has landed commitments from two of the top five Class of 2014 prospects from Kentucky in recent weeks.
St. Xavier High School’s Austin Clemons and Covington Catholic’s Grant Schreiver have both given U of L a verbal commitment. Schreiver is ranked as the No. 3 player in the state in the ’14 class by PerfectGame.org and is the No. 21 first baseman national, while Clemons is No. 5 in the state and listed as the No. 32 third baseman in the nation.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Clemons picked the Cardinals over South Florida and Tennessee. He hit .284 with 10 RBIs and 30 runs scored last season.
”I really felt comfortable with coach Mac (Dan McDonnell) and the staff,” Clemons said. “I really liked the player development they talked about and they are very proven in their history. That was a big deal for me.
”Even being from the city, I didn’t know exactly everything the program was about. Going to talk to the coaches made me realize just how special the program really was and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Clemons said the staff told him he could be “anywhere on the outside,” as far as position when he gets to college. Clemons started this season 6-for-11 from the plate for the Tigers, who have won two straight Seventh Region titles.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Schreiver picked the Cardinals over interest from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Dayton, Western Kentucky and several others.
Schreiver has been playing on the varsity level since he was a freshman and said the U of L staff told him he would be a first baseman or outfielder in college.
“U of L is a top baseball program in the nation and I want to compete at that level,” Schreiver told NKYFan.com. “The coaches and everyone else at U of L made myself and my family feel welcome the moment we showed up. I knew it was where I wanted to be without any question.”
Schreiver had an RBI single on Thursday night to break open a game against Newport Central Catholic, which resulted in a 5-1 win for CovCath.