Perfect Game USA, the biggest scouting and recruiting entity in baseball, recently revealed its incoming class of 2014-15 College Recruit Rankings, and has ranked Santa Clara's class 64th of 296 NCAA Division I teams.
The group of 12 soon-to-be Broncos is the highest-rated SCU class since Perfect Game began ranking recruiting classes in 2011. It is also the third recruiting class under current head coach Dan O'Brien.
Here is what the Bronco coaches have to say:
"We still have a lot of work to do but we should all be proud and excited to receive this recognition. That said, while we're all involved in recruiting, Coaches Ribas and Beauregard deserve the bulk of the credit for this class. They've made a lot of sacrifices for this program as of late and their hard work has certainly paid off."
-Dan O'Brien, Head Coach
"From the beginning, our mission in recruiting was to get the right players, not the best players. That takes seeing a prospect beyond his playing ability and talking with parents, coaches, teachers, peers and guidance counselors to find out what we will get on a day-to-day basis. The biggest mistakes I have made in recruiting are based on solely judging a player on ability."
-Gabe Ribas, Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
"Successful recruiting takes an incredible amount of communication between all of us. For three months in the summer, we looked at thousands of players and tried to determine which were the right ones for this program. That is very hard to do. The group we have coordinating this recruiting is on the same page as far as the vision of this program goes. They are guys with similar styles that I like to be around, and there are a lot of positives about working with them and our next recruiting class."
-Keith Beauregard, Assistant Coach
Bronco baseball is currently highlighting one player from this class per week, beginning this week with Alex Barden. The next Bronco to be highlighted is Michael Bono.
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