Athens, GA - The University of Georgia baseball recruiting class added six more signees Tuesday, and this latest group includes top rated players in South Carolina and Tennessee, according to coach David Perno.
Pitcher Jarrett Brown, outfielder Hunter Cole, pitcher Luke Crumley, catcher/infielder Nicky Delmonico, outfielder DJ Smith and pitcher David Sosebee, all have signed a national letter-of-intent to attend UGA.
A 6-3, 180-pound left-handed pitcher, Jarrett is the son of James and Misty Brown of Conyers, Ga. He attends Salem High School where he plays for coach Chad Kitchens. Brown is a multi-sport star for the Seminoles, earning letters in baseball, football and basketball. As a junior on the diamond, he went 6-3 with a three saves, a 3.24 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 54 innings. He helped the Seminoles to an 18-10 mark and a second place finish in the region and the Class AAAA state playoffs. He earned the team’s Cy Young Award and was named All-Region and All-County. Also, he was an All-Region 8-AAAA selection as a defensive back.
“I’m extremely honored to be considered by the University of Georgia, and in the end, it came down to feeling the most comfortable with the coaching staff,” said Brown. “I look forward to the challenge of competing in the SEC.”
“Jarrett is the best athlete of the bunch and very unique that he chose baseball for college because of his many talents,” said Perno. “He’s an old-school all-around athlete, playing quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back on the football team, the point guard on the basketball team and ace left-handed pitcher for the baseball team. He is definitely a guy that can contribute right away.”
A 6-1, 185-pound right-handed hitter, Hunter is the son of Jack and Cheryl Cole of Moore, S.C. He is the top-ranked prep player in South Carolina and 28th in the country according to Perfect Game’s national rankings. He batted .458 with nine home runs and 31 RBI as a junior for the Dorman High School Cavaliers and coach Benjamin Waddle.
“Hunter might be the best hitter in the country, he’s a really good baseball player and an outstanding student,” said Perno. “We’re going to take a hard look at him as a centerfielder, but he can play anywhere. He has a great approach as a hitter and has the ability to put up huge numbers in college. When you combine his academics and his athletic talent, he’s an exciting prospect.”
A 6-5, 190-pound right-hander, Luke is the son of Landry and Sandy Crumley of Cleveland, Ga. He attends White County High School where he plays for coach John Brown. He helped the Warriors post a 19-8 record last season as they advanced to the GHSA state playoffs. He is rated the number eight prep player in Georgia by Perfect Game. He was named to the 7-AAA All-Region squad and All-Area team after going 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched. Also, he batted .416 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI. As a sophomore, he led the Warriors with 48 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched and had a 3.63 ERA.
“Luke is a tall right-hander with a good arm who projects well,” said Perno. “His best baseball is ahead of him, and we’re glad he will be at Georgia where we can help him develop.”
A 6-3, 210-pound left-handed hitter, Nicky is the son of Barbara Delmonico-Courtney and Rod Delmonico of Knoxville, Tenn. He has helped lead Farragut High School to three straight state Class AAA titles under the direction of coach Matt Buckner. For the past two summers, he has played for the USA national team and won two gold medals for Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships. He was a member of the 16U team in 2008 and the 18U squad in 2009. Also, he participated in the Under Armour High School All-American game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He was featured in an August issue of Sports Illustrated for best up-and-coming prep athletes. He is rated among the top prep players in the country by Perfect Game. He has two older brothers, Tony who is in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after a standout career at Tennessee and Florida State, and Joey, a junior catcher on the current Bulldog squad. Nicky’s father Rod served as the University of Tennessee baseball coach from 1990-2007.
“Nicky is one of the highest rated prospects in our class and is a very versatile player,” said Perno. “Catching might be his future. He is an excellent left-handed hitter who also plays shortstop and first base. He comes from a very talented family and has been around the game his whole life. We’re thrilled to have him choose Georgia.”
A 6-2, 185-pound right-handed hitter, DJ is the son of Dave Smith and Sharon Riddick of Woodstock, Ga. He is an honor student at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Ga., where he plays for coach Joseph Jones. He batted a team-best .403 with 25 RBI in leading the Chiefs to the state playoffs as a sophomore. They went 16-12, and he earned first team All-Region and All-County honors as well as offensive MVP. As a junior, he hit .317-2-7. Also, DJ has lettered in football and has earned academic honors including the Lamp of Knowledge.
“The history and reputation of UGA and the baseball program is second to none,” said Smith. “It’s a dream to have the opportunity to compete in the SEC.”
“D.J. is an athletic outfielder who can really play a number of positions around the diamond,” said Perno. “He has tremendous offensive prowess. He can hit, he has some pop, he runs well, he is a solid baseball player.”
A 6-1, 180-pound right-hander, David is the son of Todd and Rena Sosebee of Cleveland, Ga. He is enrolled at White County High School where he plays for coach John Brown. Sosebee helped the Warriors register a 19-8 record last season as they advanced to the GHSA state playoffs. He was named to the 7-AAA All-Region squad and All-Area team after going 7-1 with a 0.76 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. He led WCHS in wins and ERA.
“David is a strike-thrower, and his stuff has been getting better each year,” said Perno. “He has the right mentality and is a great fit for our pitching staff. He is a high school teammate of Luke (Crumley), and we’re looking forward to having them both at Georgia.”
The early national signing period continues through Nov. 17, and the Bulldogs will announce additional members of their recruiting class throughout the week.