Athens, GA - Pitchers John Taylor and Pete Nagel are the first two members of Georgia’s latest recruiting class after signing a national letter-of-intent to attend UGA, Bulldog coach David Perno announced Thursday.
A 6-3, 192-pound right-hander from Carnesville, John is the son of Terry and Charlotte Taylor. He attends Franklin County High School where he plays for coach Brent Honeywell. As a junior, he went 4-5 with a 1.65 ERA for the Lions, tallying 85 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched. Also, he batted .400 with six home runs and 24 RBI. Taylor was named Most Valuable Player, All-Region, All-Area and was selected to play for Team Georgia. He went 8-4 in his first two seasons with the Lions. He helped the Diamond Devils 17 and under squad capture the World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) national title. Also, he carries a 4.0 grade point average and made a perfect score on his high school writing graduation test.
“I am extremely happy to be given the chance to attend the University of Georgia and the opportunity to play SEC baseball,” said Taylor.
A 6-4, 228-pound right-hander from Metter, Pete is the son of Monty and Angie Nagel. He attends Metter High School where he plays for coach Corey Collins. Nagel led his squad with 122 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched as a junior. He is a two-time All-Region selection. He received the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player award in 2010. He was selected to play for Team Georgia, which won the Sunbelt Classic. As a sophomore, Nagel went 8-2 with a 1.22 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. Also, Nagel is a standout quarterback, earning All-Area and MVP honors.
“I chose UGA because I wanted to compete and be a student at one of the most prestigious universities in the country,” said Nagel.
“Pete and John are two very good right-handed pitchers who posses a strong arm with an excellent fastball and also feature a good secondary pitch,” said Perno. “They will be ready to contribute and be successful as freshman at the University of Georgia.”
The early national signing period continues through Nov. 17, and the Bulldogs will announce additional members of their recruiting class throughout the week.