Illinois baseball announces six letters of intent signed

Coach Hartleb seemed pleased during the press conference where he announced the signing class of 2013 yesterday.  The six ‘athletic’ players that have signed letters of intent to play baseball for the University of Illinois are ‘successful’ and will be ‘impact’ players for the team.

The focus this recruiting year appeared to be pitching and outfield and that came through in the results.  Three pitchers and four outfielders were recruited.  If you think my math is off it’s because four of the signees play multiple positions for their current teams.  Versatility is definitely a key component for this year’s class.


Let’s take a look at the class one player at a time:


Player HS Position Ht./Wt. Comments
Anthony Drago Lake Zurich 1B/OF 6-2 / 210 PBR’s #16 MLB draft prospect in 2013
Alex Greer Fort Osage (Liberty, MO) OF 6-0 / 185 Baseball America’s #8 MLB draft  prospect
Matthew James Normal West RHP/SS 6-1 / 165 Ranked #26 in state in 2013
Ryne Roper Harrisburg RHP/SS 6-2 / 190 Reid’s brother.  ‘nuff said.
Dan Rowbottom St Ignatius (Broadview Hts, OH) OF 5-11 / 180 PBR’s #2 OF in Ohio in 2013
Cody Sedlock Alleman RHP/OF 6-3 / 200 10-3 with 2.91 ERA and hit .377 in 2012


Coach Hartleb gave plenty of credit to Coach Eric Snider and Coach Drew Dickinson for their hard work in the recruiting process this past year.  You can find a full report on the signees at the website.

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2 Responses to “Illinois baseball announces six letters of intent signed”

  1. Wow! It will be great if they all come to the UI! Like the comment about Ryne Roper.

    (If any of them are drafted, can they can get out of their Letters of Intent?)

  2. Good question!
    here is some info:

    it deals with football but I assume it’s pretty similar across most college sports.

    the basic points:
    “By signing a letter of intent, the student-athlete agrees to attend the college or university for one year. The institution also agrees to provide financial aid for one year. Other institutions are prohibited to continue recruiting a student-athlete once he signs a letter of intent.”

    “A signed letter is binding to the university or college, not a coach or team. It is binding for one academic year. It does not guarantee a spot on the team or playing time.”

    I also read it CAN be nullified. Under what conditions, I’m not sure. I’m sure a drafted player is exempt though.

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