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MSU Baseball Inks 12 To 2017 Signing Class

Nov. 10, 2017


EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr., announced that the Spartans have signed 12 players to the 2018-19 roster.

Joining the Spartans in the fall of 2018 will be Will Christophersen (Bettendorf, Iowa | Pleasant Valley High School), Indigo Diaz (North Vancouver, Canada | Handsworth Secondary School | Iowa Western Community College), Jacob Erickson (Allen Park, Mich. | Allen Park High School), Brian Martin (Westland, Mich. | John Glenn High School), Casey Mayes (Wichita, Kan. | Andover High School), Jarret Olson (La Salle, Ill. | Galesburg High School | Parkland Junior College), Colten Panaranto (Martinsville, Ind. | Roncalli High School), Jacob Seipenko (Canton, Mich. | Salem High School), Gabe Sotres (Allen Park, Mich. | Brother Rice High School), Reese Trahey (West Bloomfield, Mich. | Brother Rice High School), Zaid Walker (Homewood, Ill. | Homewood-Flossmoor High School) and Brandon Williamson (Welcome, Minn. | Martin County West High School | North Iowa Area Community College).

“First, I would like to really commend Coach Sikes and Coach Meade on all their efforts with regard to putting this class together. Both guys I think are excellent evaluators of talent and there’s no question that they work extremely hard throughout the course of the year, evaluating and identifying talent and so this class is a result of that and we’re extremely pleased with these guys joining the Spartan family,” Boss said.

Of the 12 players signed, eight are pitchers, including three junior college transfers.

“It addresses the needs of next year’s club because this year we brought in an outstanding group in the 2017 class, but there weren’t many arms in that class. With that said, we felt like we needed to go out and get a few more arms this year. We’ll try to supplement a little bit and get some experience, by going the junior college route with a couple of these guys and I think all three of those junior college guys will be ready to contribute in a big way, right away. We’re excited about that,” Boss said.

Three of the eight pitchers can also play other positions, and the 2017 signing class will provide the Spartans talent and depth at every position.

“We’ve gained a little bit of depth,” Boss said. “Again, there’s some very, very talented young men coming in that will be true freshmen and will compete for a good amount of playing time and we’ll look to those guys to contribute very quickly.”


<center><b><i>Will Christophersen | Bettendorf, Iowa | Pleasant Valley High School | 6-4 | 195 | R/R | RHP</center></b></i>
Will Christophersen | Bettendorf, Iowa | Pleasant Valley High School | 6-4 | 195 | R/R | RHP


Will Christophersen | Bettendorf, Iowa | Pleasant Valley High School | 6-4 | 195 | R/R | RHP
Will be a four-year letterwinner at Pleasant Valley High School for head coach Bill Sandry ... A two-time all-district honoree, earning first-team accolades as a junior after earning second-team honors as a sophomore ... Also an honorable mention All-Metro selection as a junior, as well as a second-team all-conference honoree ... Posted a 4-1 record in eight starts as a junior with a 1.86 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 46 IP, posting a .220 opponent batting average ... Tallied a 2-4 mark in eight starts as a sophomore, posting a 2.98 EAR with 57 Ks in 42 innings pitched, while logging a .174 opponent batting average ... Played summer league for PG Select Black, allowing one earned run in 19 IP1 ... Named the No. 6 pitcher and the No. 8 player overall player in Iowa according to Perfect Game ... Son of Matt and Jamie Christophersen ... Great grandfather played in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system during the 1940s before going off to war ... Chose Michigan State because he resonated with MSU pitching coach Skylar Meade’s pitching philosophy and was impressed with the baseball program’s culture, as well as being born and raised in Michigan, he’d always been drawn to MSU as it is one of the top universities in the country for academics and athletics ... Intends on majoring in finance with future aspirations of being a financial advisor/analyst ... Chose the Spartans over Bowling Green, Dayton, Illinois State, Iowa Western and Western Illinois.

Meade on Christophersen: “Will was a kid that Coach Sikes saw in summer, got him to camp to get an up close look at, and boom - the kid was dynamite. We think he is going to be very similar to former Spartan Walter Borkovich. His fastball has real life and action, running to 92, but also has a wipeout breaking ball, plus an up-and-coming changeup. His future in East Lansing is incredibly bright.”

Sikes on Christophersen: “Will is a guy who has kept getting better and better. He pitched well in Illinois this summer and his high school coach, Bill Sandry at Pleasant Valley, said that had been seeing continuous improvement. We had Will at a camp in September and he was just outstanding. He is already about 6-4, 190 pounds and can get his fastball up to 92 and his breaking ball shows signs of being a dominant swing and miss pitch. Will is a great kid and just starting to scratch the surface of his talent. I think he has a chance to be a great pitcher for Michigan State.”


<center><b><i>Indigo Diaz | North Vancouver, Canada | Handsworth Secondary School | Iowa Western Community College | 6-4 | 250 | R/R | RHP</center></b></i>
Indigo Diaz | North Vancouver, Canada | Handsworth Secondary School | Iowa Western Community College | 6-4 | 250 | R/R | RHP



Indigo Diaz | North Vancouver, Canada | Handsworth Secondary School | Iowa Western Community College | 6-4 | 250 | R/R | RHP
Has played one season at Iowa Western Community College for head coach Marc Rardin, helping the Reivers to a 44-16 record and a No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA final poll ... Posted a 3-1 record in 16 appearances, making two starts, and registering a 5.93 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 30.1 IP, firing 11.57 K/9 ... At Handsworth Secondary School played for head coach Jim Chapman ... Earned first-team All-Province, as well as being named the Provincial Pitcher of the Year and the 2016 Provincial MVP ... Was team captain as a junior and senior ... Was on the Handsworth Honor Roll ... Played summer league for the Coquitlam Reds, posting a 9-1 record with a 1.24 ERA, firing 104 strikeouts in 73 IP ... Son of Omar Diaz and Alix Dunham ... Chose MSU because it felt like home and felt that it is place that he can grow, develop and win ... Intends on majoring in business ... Picked the Spartans over Louisiana Monroe, Nevada, Santa Clara, Texas-San Antonio, Virginia Commonwealth and Washington.

Meade on Diaz: “Indigo is a guy that has real physical presence. He is 6-4, 250 pounds, and carries himself on the field that way. He runs the fastball between 90-94, and has really started to command his two off-speed pitches. We think he has a chance to a be a star at Michigan State because of the way he competes. He will remind some people in East Lansing of Dakota Mekkes with his sheer size on the hill.”

Sikes on Diaz: “As we were looking for junior college pitchers this fall, one of the things we wanted was some power stuff and when I went to see Indigo, he came out 90-94 mph with a 77-80 mph breaking ball. He works fast, knows what he is trying to do and can execute it. He is an impressive guy on the mound at 6-4, 250 pounds and has the stuff to go along with it. Indigo is a good worker, has a high desire level to be good and has a very high ceiling. He comes to us from a very good program at Iowa Western, and we are pumped to add Indigo to our Spartan Family.”


<center><b><i> Jacob Erickson | Allen Park, Mich. | Allen Park High School | 5-11 | 180 | R/R | SS/RHP</center></b></i>
Jacob Erickson | Allen Park, Mich. | Allen Park High School | 5-11 | 180 | R/R | SS/RHP


Jacob Erickson | Allen Park, Mich. | Allen Park High School | 5-11 | 180 | R/R | SS/RHP
Will be a four-year letterwinner at Allen Park High School for head coach Glen Gulliver ... Earned all-league and all-district honors ... Was a team captain ... Posted a 2-2 record with an 0.72 ERA, posting 31 strikeouts while only yielding nine walks in 39.1 inning of work on the mound, while at the plate, hit .323 with 21 RBI, posting 16 walks, nine doubles, two triples and scoring 23 runs in helping the Jaguars to a 25-11 record and winning their second-straight district title ... Played summer league for The D Las Vegas Baseball with fellow signees Reese Trahey and Gabe Sotres ... A two-time Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game ... Rated as the No. 2 shortstop in Michigan by both Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report, along with the No. 9 player overall in Michigan by PBR and No. 12 player overall in Michigan by PG ... Also a two-year letterwinner for the Allen Park basketball team ... Son of Jim and Michelle Erickson ... Chose Michigan State because it felt like the best fit for him academically and athletically ... Intends on majoring in physiology with career ambitions of being in sports medicine ... Picked the Spartans over Bowling Green, Butler, Eastern Michigan, Memphis, Michigan, Nebraska and Western Michigan.

Meade on Erickson: “Jacob is a baseball player. He can run (6.6, 60), throw (91 mph on the mound), and swing the bat all very well. He is going to do a lot of this for us here at Michigan State in his time. It will be interesting to see his career four years from now because there is probably going to be a lot of at bats, positions and innings that he will log.”

Sikes on Erickson: “I have seen Jacob play all over the diamond as we recruited him and he did almost everything well. He will have a shot to pitch and play in the field. He runs well enough to be a dynamic base runner, throws well enough to get it up to 91 mph and has some pop in his bat. It will be fun to see him develop and see where he excels on the field.”


<center><b><i>Brian Martin | Westland, Mich. | John Glenn High School | 6-1 | 200 | R/R | RHP/OF</center></b></i>
Brian Martin | Westland, Mich. | John Glenn High School | 6-1 | 200 | R/R | RHP/OF



Brian Martin | Westland, Mich. | John Glenn High School | 6-1 | 200 | R/R | RHP/OF
Will be a four-year letterwinner at John Glenn High School for head coach Lawerence Scheffer ... A three-time all-district, two-time all-region and all-state selection ... Was team captain ... Hit .400 with 25 RBI and three HR as a junior after hitting .420 with 40 RBI and three HR as a sophomore, as well as posting a 0.96 ERA on the mound ... Plays summer league for 5 Tool Elite ... Rated as the No. 4 pitcher in Michigan by Perfect Game as well as No. 14 player overall in Michigan by Prep Baseball Report ... Also a letterman for the John Glenn bowling team ... Son of Dennis and Kristie Martin ... Chose MSU because Michigan State made him feel a part of a family, which was very important to him ... Intends on majoring in psychology with career ambitions of being a forensic psychologist ... Picked the Spartans over Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Michigan.

Meade on Martin: “Brian is a kid we committed early in the process because he showed a true ability to spin the baseball, but as time went on he became a very high level bat in the area. Every time we went to see him he would hit a home run. He will have a lot on his plate with both pitching and hitting, but I think both will be very good for us in the future.”

Sikes on Martin: “Brian was the first commitment in the 2018 class and since that commitment, he has shown us that his bat could be a real weapon. We have seen him succeed on the mound but have seen him hit a number of home runs as well. I’m not sure if he will eventually be a better hitter or pitcher, but whichever one it is, I think will be really good.”


<center><b><i>Casey Mayes | Wichita, Kan. | Andover High School | 6-0 | 200 | L/R | OF </center></b></i>
Casey Mayes | Wichita, Kan. | Andover High School | 6-0 | 200 | L/R | OF


Casey Mayes | Wichita, Kan. | Andover High School | 6-0 | 200 | L/R | OF
Will be a four-year letterwinner at Andover High School for head coach Chris Weidert ... Earned all-state honors as a junior ... A three-time all-league honoree, collecting first-team honors as a junior after second-team accolades as a sophomore and honorable mention kudos as a freshman ... Posted a .391 average with a .631 slugging percentage, hitting three HR and swiping 19 SB ... Played summer league for Arsenal Stars, winning the 17U Five Tool Midwest tournament, while hitting .340 with a .480 slugging percentage, posting 10 doubles and three triples, to go with swiping 12 stolen bases ... Rated as the No. 2 outfielder and No. 12 player overall in Kansas by Perfect Game as well as the No. 3 outfielder and No. 13 player overall by Prep Baseball Report ... Also a two-year letterwinner in football, earning honorable mention all-state and second-team all-league plaudits as a linebacker ... Son of Craig and Tracy Mayes ... Father, Craig, was a Spartan baseball player from 1989-1992, and was team captain in 1992, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1992, ending MSU career fourth on career hits list with 194 and getting drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 28th round of the 1992 MLB Draft, playing eight seasons in the minor leagues before retiring in 1999 ... Mother, Tracy, was on the Spartan track & field team ... Uncle, Gary Mayes, played football at Tennessee Tech; Aunt Shelley Herbers played volleyball at Friends University; cousin, Kyle Mayes, played baseball/football at Birmingham Southern ... Chose MSU because of the baseball culture, the coaching staff, the beautiful campus that provides world class academics and because both of his parents were successful Spartan student-athletes ... Intends on majoring in kinesiology with career ambitions of being a physical therapist ... Picked the Spartans over Wichita State.

Meade on Mayes: “Casey is a bulldog competitor on the baseball field, who also holds strong Spartan heritage from his parents and his dad playing here, as well as being a Giants draft pick back in 1992. He takes his football prowess onto the diamond, and really shows the kind of grit needed to play at this level. With his speed (6.5 60) and power from the left side, we feel Casey could see immediate action once he gets to campus next fall.”

Sikes on Mayes: “Casey is a kid I have known since he was probably 11 or 12. He would come up to MSU with his dad to do catching clinics and each year he would come up he would be bigger, stronger, faster. One year we realized this kid is the real deal so we went and saw him play and his tools were very impressive. He at least two dynamic plus tools in his speed and power. Casey is one of those throwback type athletes in that he plays linebacker in football and has played all over in baseball. He will bring a tough mentality to campus. Combine that with his tools and work ethic and it is exciting to think about the type of player he can be.”


<center><b><i>Jarret Olson | La Salle, Ill. | Galesburg High School | Parkland Junior College | 6-0 | 190 | R/L | LHP</center></b></i>
Jarret Olson | La Salle, Ill. | Galesburg High School | Parkland Junior College | 6-0 | 190 | R/L | LHP


Jarret Olson | La Salle, Ill. | Galesburg High School | Parkland Junior College | 6-0 | 190 | R/L | LHP
Has played one season at Parkland Junior College for head coach David Garcia, helping the Cobras advance to the NJCAA World Series, finishing fourth, ending the season with a 52-9-1 record ... Posted a 3-0 record with three saves, tallying a 3.18 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 34.0 IP in 15 appearances as a freshman ... Fired 15 Ks in 6.0 IP in win over Millikin ... Played both baseball and basketball in first year at Parkland, helping the basketball team to its third-straight Mid-West Athletic Conference, finishing fifth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, before giving up basketball to pursue baseball full time ... Was a three-year letterwinner in high school, playing at Saint Bede Academy for head coach Bill Booker for his first three years before transferring to Galesburg High School and playing for head coach Arnie Gonzalez ... Earned All-Western Big 6 Conference honors as an outfielder as a senior, seeing limited pitching action due to an injury ... Was an all-state honoree as a junior at Saint Bede, posting a 0.50 ERA and firing 17 Ks in one game, in helping the Bruins to a fourth-place finish at the IHSA Class 2A state tournament ... Also earned all-state honors in basketball at Saint Bede ... Additionally was a three-time all-area and all-conference honoree for the Saint Bede golf team ... Son of Scott and Lynette Olson ... Father, Scott, played baseball at the University of Saint Francis and had a semi-pro career ... Mother, Lynette, played volleyball and basketball at Monticello University ... Sister, Katie, is a senior starting setter on the Grand Valley State volleyball team ... Aunt, Cathy George, is the Michigan State head volleyball coach and cousin, Conner George, is on the Spartan men’s basketball team ... Chose MSU because of he wanted to play at the highest level he could, while being pushed to be the best all-around pitcher he could, as well as the all-around athletic and academic culture for success and because of his family connections ... Intends on majoring in physical therapy with career ambitions of being a physical therapist ... Picked the Spartans over Eastern Kentucky, Illinois State, Liberty, Miami-Ohio, Murray State, North Carolina State, Tulsa and Western Michigan.

Meade on Olson: “We have known of Jarrett a long time because of his connection to Michigan State with Coach George. Jarrett strikes out a ton of guys, 63 in 34 innings in freshman year at Parkland, with a repertoire of a 84-88 fastball and two-plus off-speed pitches. However, what we love most is his competitiveness that seems to come from the hoop court, where he started as a freshman on Parkland’s basketball team. He will see immediate time in the 2019 season.”

Sikes on Olson: “Jarret is a unique guy having played college basketball and baseball. He has a tremendous combination of athleticism, competitiveness and swing-and-miss stuff. His fastball has been on the climb over the past year and his breaking ball and change-up have proven to be elite pitches, leading to his average of 16.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. I am pumped to get Jarret and look for big things from him in the Green and White.”



<center><b><i>Colten Panaranto | Martinsville, Ind. | Roncalli High School | 6-1 | 205 | R/R | RHP/3B</center></b></i>
Colten Panaranto | Martinsville, Ind. | Roncalli High School | 6-1 | 205 | R/R | RHP/3B


Colten Panaranto | Martinsville, Ind. | Roncalli High School | 6-1 | 205 | R/R | RHP/3B
Will be a two-year letterman at Roncalli High School for head coach Aaron Kroll ... Helped the Rebels to a runner-up regional finish as a junior ... Transferred from Terre Haute North Vigo, where he posted a two wins and one save with a 2.80 ERA in eight appearances as a sophomore ... A two-time Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game ... Rated as the No. 13 pitcher in Indiana by Perfect Game as well as the No. 3 third baseman in Indiana by Prep Baseball Report ... Also lettered in football ... Son of Chris Panaranto and Krista Nott ... His great-grandfather played minor league baseball for the Terre Haute Phillies ... Chose Michigan State because of the program’s family atmosphere, as well as the campus environment and their Spartan spirit Intends on majoring in journalism with career ambitions of being a sports broadcaster ... Picked the Spartans over Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Valparaiso.

Meade on Panaranto: “Colten is another potential two-way player that we followed for a while this summer, but he was playing third base predominantly. Then one night we got lucky and he came in to close, as he struck out the side with a 88-89 mph fastball. Next time out he was up to 91, and then in October he was up to 95 in Jupiter. He throws with intent and has a confidence very similar to current Spartan Riley McCauley.”

Sikes on Panaranto: “Colten is another fiery, competitive and athletic kid. Coach Meade saw him pitch one time this summer and saw some velocity and the next time we followed up, there was more velocity and the trend kept happening. He has recently been up to 95 mph with his fastball and we are excited to add another power arm to our pitching staff.”


<center><b><i>Jacob Seipenko | Canton, Mich. | Salem High School | 6-6 | 225 | R/R | RHP</center></b></i>
Jacob Seipenko | Canton, Mich. | Salem High School | 6-6 | 225 | R/R | RHP



Jacob Seipenko | Canton, Mich. | Salem High School | 6-6 | 225 | R/R | RHP
Will be a four-year letterwinner at Salem High School for head coach John Wright ... A two-time all-district and all-conference honoree ... Logged six wins with a 2.20 ERA with 50 strikeouts on the mound, while posting a .361 average with 18 RBI and one home run at the plate during junior season ... Posted five wins with a 1.70 ERA with 33 Ks pitching, while hitting for a .255 average with 17 RBI as a sophomore ... A two-time team captain ... Played summer league for Metro Detroit Athletics ... Rated as the No. 2 pitcher in Michigan by both Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report, as well as the No. 7 player overall in Michigan by PBR and the No. 9 player overall in Michigan by PG ... Also played basketball at Salem ... A two-time KLAA Scholar-Athlete honoree ... Son of Todd and Kimberly Seipenko ... Chose MSU because of the program’s family atmosphere, the coaching staff, facilities and all-around athletic and academic success ... Intends on majoring in business ... Picked the Spartans over Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Purdue, Toledo, Valparaiso, Western Michigan and Wright State.

Meade on Seipenko: “Jacob was a kid we saw multiple times in the summer and he just kept performing better and better each time. His size strikes you first time you see him (6-6, 225 pounds), but his ability to pitch with his changeup is very advanced for a high school right-handed pitcher. He can run the fastball up to 91 already, and there is way more in the tank. He’s going to remind a lot of people of current Spartan Mike Mokma.”

Sikes on Seipenko: “Jacob has tremendous physical gifts with his size and arm strength. At 6-6, 225 pounds, he is an imposing figure on the mound. He has enough athletic ability that he played some shortstop in high school and he also played basketball. Jacob is another guy that is continuing to get better. The first time I saw him in the summer he was pitching in the 84-85 range and by the end of the summer he was in the 89-91 range with his fastball. He comes from a great family, is a terrific student with a 4.2 GPA and has a high desire to be great. There is a bright future for Jacob in East Lansing.”


<center><b><i>Gabe Sotres | Allen Park, Mich. | Brother Rice High School | 5-10 | 190 | R/R | C</center></b></i>
Gabe Sotres | Allen Park, Mich. | Brother Rice High School | 5-10 | 190 | R/R | C



Gabe Sotres | Allen Park, Mich. | Brother Rice High School | 5-10 | 190 | R/R | C
Will be a two-year letterwinner at Brother Rice High School for head coach Bob Riker, where he was a teammate with fellow Spartan signee Reese Trahey ... Earned all-region, all-conference and All-Catholic League honors as a junior after hitting .362 with team-bests of 39 hits and 38 RBI, while adding three HR ... Helped the Warriors to a 28-9 record ... Plays summer league for The D Las Vegas with fellow Spartan signees Reese Trahey and Jacob Erickson, hitting .392 with 28 RBI ... Son of Ricardo Sotres and Teresa Gonzalez ... Chose MSU because of the academic and athletic success and he felt that was the best place that he could improve his baseball skills and provide a great education ... Intends on majoring in business ... Picked the Spartans over Central Michigan, Connecticut and Eastern Michigan.

Meade on Sotres: “Gabe is guy that we watched play a ton over the last two summers. He continued impressing us with his ability to handle different pitchers, throw and hit with some juice. If he continues to work hard he will be able to be a very good catcher here at Michigan State early in his career.”

Sikes on Sotres: “Gabe is one of the later additions to this class but a perfect fit for us. He has a lot of the fine skills that translate into being a great catcher. He has good hands, agility, quickness, arm strength and a presence about him when he catches that is calm yet focused. I’m looking forward to working with Gabe and I have no doubt that he is going to develop into a solid college catcher.”


<center><b><i>Reese Trahey | West Bloomfield, Mich. | Brother Rice High School | 6-3 | 190 | L/R | OF/INF</center></b></i>
Reese Trahey | West Bloomfield, Mich. | Brother Rice High School | 6-3 | 190 | L/R | OF/INF


Reese Trahey | West Bloomfield, Mich. | Brother Rice High School | 6-3 | 190 | L/R | OF/INF
Will be a four-year letterwinner at Brother Rice High School for Bob Riker, where he is teammates with fellow Spartan signee Gabe Sotres ... An all-conference selection as well as a two-time All-Catholic League selection… ... Recorded a .390 batting average with 35 hits and two home runs, while swiping 17 stolen bases ... Helped the Warriors to a 32-10, 30-8 and 28-9 record his freshman through junior years ... Played summer league for The D Las Vegas with fellow Spartan signees Jacob Erickson and Gabe Sotres ... Also a two-time letterwinner in football ... Son of James and Deborah Trahey ... Father, James, played baseball at Eastern Michigan and played two years of minor league baseball for Toronto Blue Jays affiliates ... Intends on majoring in building construction management ... Chose Michigan State for the coaches, the great college atmosphere and for his major ... Selected MSU over Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Western Michigan.

Meade on Trahey: “Reese had been on the radar for many years with our staff, recruiting wise. He had a tremendous 2017 summer, and thankfully he soon after decided to jump on board. Fans will find many similarities in his game to Freshman All-American Bryce Kelley, as a left-handed physical stick (6-3, 200 pounds) but can play the small game as well.”

Sikes on Trahey: “Reece stood out as a freshman on a good Brother Rice team for the way he played the game. He is an outstanding base runner and is very competitive. This past summer he kept performing and kept performing and we were fortunate to be able to land him. He can play multiple positions on the field and can do a lot of things offensively. He is a really good ballplayer and one of the best things I like about him is that he hates to lose.”


<center><b><i>Zaid Walker | Homewood, Ill. | Homewood-Flossmoor High School | 6-2 | 220 | R/R | OF
Zaid Walker | Homewood, Ill. | Homewood-Flossmoor High School | 6-2 | 220 | R/R | OF


Zaid Walker | Homewood, Ill. | Homewood-Flossmoor High School | 6-2 | 220 | R/R | OF
Will be a three-year letterwinner at Homewood-Flossmoor High School for head coach Todd Sippel ... Named all-state, first-team all-area and all-conference ... Recorded a .415 batting average, with 30 RBI and 12 doubles, while also swiping 14 stolen bases ... Played summer league for the Cangelosi Sparks, leading his team to a 17U Pastime National Championship ... Named to the Homewood-Flossmoor Honor Roll ... Son of Marvin and Donyell Walker ... Intends on majoring in supply chain management ... Chose Michigan State because of the exceptional and personable coaching staff, along with the school obtaining the number one supply chain management program in the country ... Selected MSU over Eastern Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Western Illinois and Xavier.

Meade on Walker: “Zaid is one of the more physically talented kids in the country. He has tremendous work ethic and will be ready to play when he sets foot in East Lansing. He has plus power, plus speed (6.4 60), and a plus arm (96 mph). We are excited to add him not only because of all his physical tools, but his character on and off the field is what sets him apart. The kid will be a star.”

Sikes on Walker: “The first thing you notice about Zaid is his physical tools. He can wow you on a baseball field with his speed, power and arm strength. All of those tools are at an elite level already. Since Zaid committed to MSU, he has been very vocal with the other recruits and wants the program to be the best it can be, which shows me that he thinks about things bigger than himself, which is impressive. With his tools and work ethic, Zaid could be one of the more dynamic players in the country.”


<center><b><i>Brandon Williamson | Welcome, Minn. | Martin County West High School | North Iowa Area Community College | 6-6 | 205 | R/L | LHP</center></b></i>
Brandon Williamson | Welcome, Minn. | Martin County West High School | North Iowa Area Community College | 6-6 | 205 | R/L | LHP


Brandon Williamson | Welcome, Minn. | Martin County West High School | North Iowa Area Community College | 6-6 | 205 | R/L | LHP
Has played one season at North Iowa Area Community College for head coach Travis Hergert, helping the Trojans post a 39-19 record, advancing to the NJCAA Region XI Tournament ... Posted a 3.86 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 49.0 IP, logging a 4-1 record with one save in 14 appearances as a freshman, highlighted by a nine-strikeout performance in one game ... Was a three-year letterwinner at Martin County West High School for head coach Todd Schmidtke ... A three-time all-conference honoree ... Two-time all-section honoree ... Set a single game strikeout record with 18 ... Also lettered in basketball and football ... Son of Tod and Twyla Williamson ... Chose MSU because of the opportunity to play baseball in the Big Ten Conference and the opportunity to move on to the next level ... Intends on majoring in fire science ... Selected MSU over Alabama, BYU, Central Michigan, Dallas Baptist, Houston Baptist, Illinois, Indiana State, McNeese State, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Wichita State.

Meade on Williamson: “Brandon was a junior college stud we locked up late in process. He is 6-6, and the weight is climbing, just like his velocity. We have seen him up to 93 mph, and this was from a guy who could barely break 80 in high school. He will have a chance to be a Major League draft selection, and will remind a lot of Spartan fans of Alex Troop, with the angle he creates on the baseball."

Sikes on Williamson: “Brandon is another junior college pitcher who has power stuff. He is big, strong and can run his fastball up to 93. Brandon has a pretty amazing story coming from a very small town in Minnesota. He could throw 80 mph as a high school senior. He decided to go to junior college and has put a ton of work in to develop to the point he is now. The exciting thing is he is not close to reaching his potential. He has an extremely high ceiling and we can’t wait to have him on campus working in our program.”
 

 

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