Baseball recruiting is unlike any other. In contrast to football and basketball, Head Coach Dave Van Horn isn't just recruiting against other schools, but also has to take the Major League Draft into consideration.
When Van Horn spoke with the media Thursday, he talked about how successful this recruiting season was.
"I mean you just never know going into the draft if a kid gets scared or decides they don't want to go to school, or they don't want to deal with going to class or whatever, and, you know, we were fortunate that we selected some of the right guys and they stuck to what they told us." says Dave Van Horn, Arkansas Head Baseball Coach.
It's easy for Dave Van Horn to be happy about the new guys he's adding to his roster. of the five Arkansas signees drafted in this years MLB Draft- he's lost only one.
"McKinney- he wanted a certain amount of money, and they offered him a lot, or kept calling him and asking him if he would take a certain number, and he wouldn't back off of it. He called a couple days in and said, 'I'm coming' and you know, it's great to hear that. You know, Bonfield the same way. I mean, he wanted a certain amount and they were a couple hundred short." adds Van Horn.
Even current players like Pitcher Trey Killian realize tis incoming class is going to be special.
"We're super excited, you know, I think this is going to be a good year for us, so. We've got a good class. We didn't lose hardly anybody to the draft, and I don't think anyone left to go to JUCO out of our class, so, we're all excited." says Trey Killian, Arkansas Junior Pitcher.
According to DVH the key to recruiting and getting the right guys in here is all about the relationships.
"We did some in home visits. We did a lot of calling and checking up, and you know, you commit them verbally as you know. Then you sign them. Then you just keep right on recruiting them through the draft, after the draft, and basically until they walk in here and attend class." continues Van Horn.