Nov. 13, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent this week. The Spartans added Trevor Cousineau, Joel Fisher, Jeff Kinley and Zach Wilkerson who will enroll at MSU in the fall of 2010.
"I would like to commend assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Mark VanAmeyde and assistant coach Billy Gernon for their efforts in bringing in not only a very talented recruiting class, but a class with outstanding leadership qualities," said Boss. " As we continue to improve and move the program to the next level, it is paramount that we have young men who are not only very gifted on the field, but exceptional in the classroom, and impressive leaders - this class fulfills each of those needs for our program here at Michigan State. Because of the size of the current freshman class, we knew this recruiting class wouldn't be large, but the quality of these four young men is exactly what we were looking for and I couldn't be happier that each one has decided to represent Michigan State University on and off the field. We will still look to add two or three additional players who will accept admission to Michigan State for next fall, but the early signing class is complete."
Cousineau, a pitcher and first baseman, comes to MSU from Mott Community College after playing one season for Arkansas. He was a four-year letterwinner for coach Timm Rye at Davison High School where he was named to the state Dream Team as a senior in 2008. Cousineau also garnered all-state, all-district and all-league accolades during the 2008 season. He will graduate from Mott in the spring of 2010 and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at MSU.
Boss on Cousineau: "Much like Bryce Jenney and Chad Nielsen, Trevor has decided to transfer back to the state of Michigan to further his degree and his baseball career. He is a tremendous young man who is an outstanding student, and his left handed arm will definitely fulfill a need for us in the 2011 season. Trevor is a hard thrower who has the talent and ability to be a professional draftee for the 2nd time, as he was selected by the Cleveland Indians out of high school. Most importantly, Trevor is a leader who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our pitching staff."
Fisher, a catcher and third baseman, has earned three letters for coach Pete Finn at Farmington High School entering his final season. As a junior he garnered Oakland Activities Association (OAA) All-Association honors and was named to the All-Oakland County honorable mention team. The three-year OAA Scholar Athlete earned academic all-district honors last season as well. Fisher was a part of the Falcons' state runner-up squad in 2007 that posted a 25-9 mark. He will compete this January in the International Power Showcase High School Home Run Derby in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Boss on Fisher: "Joel committed to play here at Michigan State last spring and we are very excited to have him. He is an outstanding athlete who will catch and play third base for us. Offensively, we will look for Joel to have the opportunity to hit in the middle of the order with a great deal of power. He is a physical presence whose leadership characteristics and work ethic are second to none."
Kinley is a left-handed pitcher who has earned two letters for coach Bob Andrzywski at Heritage High School. Last season he was named MVP of the Saginaw Valley League and also earned first team all-league and all-district as a junior. As a sophomore, he earned second team all-conference. Kinley was an all-academic selection as both a sophomore and junior.
Boss on Kinley: "Jeff is a very good athlete who will have a chance to be a two-way player for us both on the mound as a LHP, and in the outfield. He has a frame that will allow for a great deal of growth and development. Jeff is a competitor in every sense of the word and will be looked upon to contribute immediately here at Michigan State."
Wilkerson, a right-handed pitcher, expects to earn his third letter for coach Bill Curtis at Forest Hills Eastern High School this spring. He also earned three letters playing quarterback for the football team and was elected captain twice.
Boss on Wilkerson: "Zach is a young man who continued to get better and better throughout the summer and brings a wealth of potential to Michigan State. He is a RHP with a fastball in the upper 80's and control of both a breaking ball and a changeup. Combined with his work ethic, he will be a major factor on our pitching staff during his tenure as a Spartan. Zach is an impressive young man with his leadership characteristics and will be a big part of taking this program to the next level."