EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon baseball head coach George Horton announced the Ducks’ newest recruiting class today.

Oregon inked 12 players during the early signing period, and each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the U of O for the 2010-11 academic year. All 12 newcomers are currently in their senior year of high school.

“Coach Checketts and Coach Kirby have done a great job of identifying and recruiting 12 of the finest baseball players in the country,” Horton said. “These young men are as impressive in the classroom as they are on the playing field. We hope to be lucky enough to survive the draft, and have all 12 of these prestigious athletes join our Duck family for the 2011 season. It is a group that will be the foundation of a very successful era in Oregon baseball. I commend both Coach Checketts and Coach Kirby for a job extremely well done.”

This is Oregon’s third recruiting class since the reinstatement of the UO baseball program, and if history repeats itself, this class should garner national honors like its predecessors.

Of Oregon’s 12 signees, six rank among the top-200 high school prospects for the 2010 graduating class, including three of the country’s top-50 ranked prospects, according to PerfectGame Crosschecker. The class includes seven prospects ranked in the top-70 from the state of California, as well as the second-ranked recruit out of the state of Nevada and the top-ranked recruit out of the state of Pennsylvania.

For two consecutive years, Oregon’s recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. The Ducks’  2009 class, brought in for the program’s first season in 28 years, was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation, and was also ranked 10th in the nation by Baseball America’s evaluation.

The Ducks’ second class, set to begin its first season on Feb. 19, 2010, received the No. 24 ranking in the nation from Baseball America earlier this fall.

Season tickets for the 2010 season are now available. Season ticket holders from the 2009 season, Duck Athletic Fund donors of any kind, and former UO baseball players can secure season ticket renewals and make season ticket purchases immediately by responding to ticket renewal forms via email, GoDucks.com or in person at the Casanova Center ticket office.

The general public with interest in UO baseball season tickets should call the UO ticket office or sign up for baseball information HERE to secure priority for the 2010 season.

2010-11 University of Oregon Baseball Signed Recruits (as of November 18, 2009)

Jesse Biddle
LHP • 6-6 • 225 • Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends HS
Biddle went 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 33 innings during his junior season in 2009 at Germantown Friends High School...surrendered only seven hits and also batted .370...was an all-S.E. Pennsylvania Baseball First Team selection by the Philadelphia Inquirer...was selected as a tryout finalist for USA Baseball’s 18U squad...is Pennsylvania’s top 2010 high school prospect according to PerfectGame Crosschecker, and ranks 46th nationally...played for the New York Yankees Area Code team during the 2009 Area Code Games from Aug. 5-10, in Long Beach, Calif.

Brandon Brennan
RHP • 6-4 • 200 • R/R • San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Capistrano Valley High School
The No. 34 recruit (No. 169 nationally) in the state of California according to PerfectGame Crosschecker...helped lead Capistrano Valley to a 2009 South Coast League title...a two-sport athlete, is the starting quarterback for the Cougars football squad....played for the Milwaukee Brewers Gray Area Code team during the 2009 Area Code Games from Aug. 5-10, in Long Beach, Calif., along with two other Oregon recruits; Brando Tessar and Ryon Healy. 

Ryon Healy
1B/3B/RHP • 6-4 • 205 • R/R • West Hills, Calif./Crespi High School
As a junior in 2009 went 11-0 with a 1.81 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 81 and 1/3 innings on the mound...was named the CIF Southern Section Division II Player of the Year and the Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year as well as the Mission League MVP...helped lead Crespi HS to the Southern Section Division II championship, pitching a complete game while hitting a home run and a two-run single in an 8-1 victory over Huntington Beach HS...at the plate batted .468 with 29 runs and 24 RBIs, earning Cal-Hi Sports all-state first team honors...the No. 55 recruit in the state of California according to PerfectGame Crosschecker...played for the Milwaukee Brewers Gray Area Code team during the 2009 Area Code Games from Aug. 5-10, in Long Beach, Calif., along with two other Oregon recruits; Brando Tessar and Brandon Brennan.

Connor Hoffman
CF • 5-11 • 165 • L/R • San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine High School
Batted .444 last year during his junior year at St. Augustine High School and was a first team all-Eastern League selection...totaled 44 hits with 35 runs scored,17 RBIs, five home runs, four triples and two doubles...his batting average (.444) and slugging percentage (.697) ranked fifth in the Eastern League...played for the SoCal Yankees Scout team this fall.

Aaron Jones
C • 6-2 • 200 • R/R • San Clemente, Calif./ San Clemente High School
As a junior in 2009 was a South Coast League second-team selection after batting .352 with 13 runs scored, 13 RBIs, five doubles, one home run, 13 walks, eight stolen bases, a .448 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage...a two-sport athlete at San Clemente, is a free safety and kicker on the football team.

Nick Kingham
RHP • 6-5 • 210 • R/R • Las Vegas, Nev./ Sierra Vista High School
The No. 2 recruit in the state of Nevada (No. 156 nationally) according to PerfectGame Crosschecker...had to sit out his junior year at Sierra Vista High School after transferring...over the summer played for the Las Vegas Scout Team and recently played at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic in October...played for the Cincinnati Reds Area Code team during the 2009 Area Code Games from Aug. 5-10, in Long Beach, Calif...finished with a 10-1 record this past summer for his Legion team, the Las Vegas Lions.

Tyler Kuresa

1B • 6-3 • 185 • L/L • Roseville, Calif./Oakmont High School
As a junior at Oakmont High School, was an all-Sierra Foothill League selection in 2009....batted .419, drove in 27 runs and hit four home runs...the No. 29 recruit in the state of California (No. 133 in the nation) according to PerfectGame Crosschecker... played for the Milwaukee Brewers Blue Area Code team during the 2009 Area Code Games from Aug. 5-10, in Long Beach, Calif., along with two other Oregon recruits; Aaron Sanchez and Stefan Sabol...also played for the San Francisco Giants at the 2009 Mariners Cup, a baseball tournament for selected high school players, from Aug.17-19, at Safeco Field.

Robby Rowland
RHP • 6-5 • 205 • R/R • Santa Rosa, Calif./Cloverdale HS
Played for the Oakland Athletics Area Code team during the 2009 Area Code Games from Aug. 5-10, in Long Beach, Calif...a two-sport athlete, Rowland was also recruited by several schools to play Division I college basketball...was named the Empire’s Small School Player of the Year on the basketball court, after leading the Eagles to a 28-3 record...averaged 25.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game, and was named to the Cal-Hi Sports all-state Division V team.

Stefan Sabol
C • 6-2 • 205 • R/R • Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niquel High School
A potential Major League Baseball first round draft pick in 2010...the 8th-ranked recruit in the state of California (No. 25 in the nation) according to PerfectGame Crosschecker...was one of just 40 high school players invited to the Aflac All-American game at PETCO Park on Aug. 16, 2009, playing for the West team...also played for the Milwaukee Brewers Blue Area Code team along with fellow 2010 UO recruits Tyler Kuresa and Aaron Sanchez...as a junior hit .350 with 25 runs scored, 14 RBIs, six home runs, three doubles, 10 stolen bases, a .485 on-base percentage and .638 slugging percentage.

Aaron Sanchez
RHP/SS • 6-3 • 170 • R/R • Barstow, Calif./Barstow High School
A potential Major League Baseball first round draft pick in 2010...the 6th-ranked recruit in the state of California (No. 23 in the nation) according to PerfectGame Crosschecker...was one of just 40 high school players invited to the Aflac All-American game at PETCO Park on Aug. 16, 2009, playing for the West team...also played in the 2009 USA-Japan High School Baseball Games held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy...also played for the Milwaukee Brewers Blue Area Code team along with fellow 2010 UO recruits Tyler Kuresa and Stefan Sabol...as a junior at Barstow, batted  .542  and drove in 42 runs en route to first team all-Desert Sky Honors...was also named the 2009 Daily Press Baseball Player of the Year with a .972 slugging percentage at the plate while striking out 74 batters in only 45 and 1/3 innings on the mound.

James Sherfy
RHP/OF • 5-10 • 150 • R/R • Camarillo, Calif./Newbury Park High School
As a junior posted a 7-3 record with 2.32 ERA on the mound en route to second team all-Marmonte League honors...totaled 61 strikeouts in 51 and 1/3 innings on the mound, and held opposing batters to a .207 average...played at Newbury Park High School with current Duck Jack Marder....the 50th-ranked recruit in the state of California according to PerfectGame Crosschecker.

Brando Tessar
RHP/2B • 6-0 •180 • R/R • Simi Valley, Calif./Chaminade High School
The 67th-ranked recruit in the state of California according to PerfectGame Crosschecker...batted .338 with five home runs and 25 stolen bases as a junior in 2009 at Chaminade HS...on the mound maintained a 2.62 ERA and had 40 strikeouts in 40 innings... also played for the Milwaukee Brewers Gray Area Code team along with fellow 2010 UO recruits Brandon Brennan and Ryon Healy...a two-sport star, Tessar plays wide receiver and defensive back for the Chaminade HS football team.