Nov. 26, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Two junior college players and 10 high school seniors have committed to play baseball at East Carolina University in 2013, head baseball coach Billy Godwin announced today. The latest group of standouts will enroll at ECU in the fall of 2012 and will take the diamond for the Pirates in 2013.
This class is made up of four pitchers (Kyle Majette, Andrew Schorr, Justin Taylor and Hayden White); three outfielders (Garrett Brooks, Dylan Brown and Andrew Lamura), two infielders (Joe Brooks and Zach Houchins), two catchers (Luke Lowery and Travis Watkins) and one two-way player (Quinn Carpenter).
"I believe our staff (Coach Schnabel and Coach Roszel) has once again done an outstanding job of bringing high end talent to East Carolina," said Godwin. "We are excited that these young men are Pirates! They will play an integral part in defining and carrying on our great tradition of baseball excellence here at East Carolina. They are coming here to win championships and help get our program to OMAHA!"
Garrett Brooks - Pos: OF - B/T: L/L - HT: 5-8 - WT: 168 - Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, Va.)
Three-year letterwinner and team captain under coach Roland Wright ... 2011 Perfect Game (PG) Preseason Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American ... High school teammate of current Pirate Nick Thompson ... Two-time All-Southeastern District selection (2010-11) ... Helped the Bruins to three consecutive top three district finishes (2009-11) including the district title as a freshman with a record of 19-6 ... During sophomore season guided the Bruins to a 21-6 record, which included the regional crown and a second place finish in the state playoffs ... Named 2010 First-Team All-East Region, First-Team All-Tidewater and honorable mention all-state ... To go along with his second-straight all-district honors, was named Second-Team All-East Region as a junior helping the Bruins to a third place district finish with a 17-5 overall record ... Also earned three varsity letters as a member of the Bruins football team where he was a First-Team All-Southeastern District selection as a corner back and punt returner in 2010 ... Played travel ball for Lee Banks of the Tidewater Orioles ... Has participated in several showcase events including the 2011 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011 East Coast Professional Showcase (Lakeland, Fla.) and the 2011 PG WWBA 2012 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) ... Rated as the 25th best player in the state of Virginia and No. 500 nationally by Perfect Game ... Named to the 2011 Virginia Preps 3A All-Underclass Team ... Scholar athlete ... Personal: Full name is Garrett Lee Brooks ... Born July 26, 1993 ... Son of George and Karen Brooks ... Has one sibling (Rachel) ... Intended major is sports studies.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Garrett is an impact centerfielder with a high level of feel for playing the game. He is a leadoff type guy with outstanding base stealing ability."
Joe Brooks - Pos: INF - B/T: L/R - HT: 5-10 - WT: 175 - Gloucester Catholic High School (Gloucester City, N.J.)
Three-year letterwinner for coach Dennis Barth ... Helped the Rams to consecutive New Jersey State titles (2010-11) ... As a junior his team finished ninth in the country with a 31-2 overall record. ... 2011 club was ranked third by Perfect Gamein the Northeast ... During his sophomore season he batted.446 with 37 hits, 29 RBI, eight doubles, triple, 29 walks, scored 37 runs and stole 13 bases on his way to all-conference honors ... Followed successful sophomore campaign with another impressive season where he batted .444 with 40 base knocks, seven doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 43 RBI, 20 walks, scored 41 runs and swiped six bases en route to all-conference honors and all-city honors ... Named MVP of the POP McKenna Tournament and tied South Jersey single-season record with eight triples, the most since 1997 ... Recorded nine multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games including a career-best five RBI against West Deptford (4/10/11) and Clearview (5/13/11) ... Accounted for eight runs in an 11-3 win over West Deptford (3-for-4, 5 RBI, 2 HRs and 3 runs) ... Played American Legion for Joe "Pop" Barth and Dennis Barth of Brooklawn Senior ... Named 2010 MVP of the N.J. American Legion State Tournament ... Batted .371 with 49 hits, 14 doubles, two home runs, triple 44 RBI, 41 walks, 37 runs and 17 stolen bases ... In 2011 guided Brooklawn Senior to their second-straight N.J. American Legion state title, Mid-Atlantic Regional crown and finished No. 6 in the nation after batting .416 with 74 hits, seven doubles, three triples, three home runs, 55 RBI, 52 runs, 30 walks and 17 stolen bases ... Personal: Full name is Joseph E. Brooks, Jr. ... Born December 4, 1993 ... Son of Joe and Chrissy Brooks ... Intended major is elementary education with a minor in history.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Joe is a throw-back type player that plays the game the right way. He is a solid defender that is very versatile around the infield and has a outstanding feel for hitting."
Dylan Brown - Pos: OF - B/T: L/R - HT: 5-8 - WT: 170 - Gulf Coast State College (Smithfield, N.C.)
College: Currently enrolled at Gulf Coast State College (Panama City, Fla.) under coach Mike Kandler ... Transferred to GCSC from N.C. State ... During the summer (2011) played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs in the Coastal Plain League alongside current Pirate Jay Cannon where he batted .231 (28-for-121) with three doubles, one home run, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored ... Swiped 8 of 13 bases ... Started 34 of 43 games sporting a 1.000 fielding percentage in 64 attempts (56 putouts, eight assists) ... High School: Four-year starter and five time letterwinner at Smithfield-Selma under coach Mike Joyner ... Under Armour preseason All-American after being selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Tournament in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2010 ... Named first-team 4-A all-state as a senior by the N.C. Coaches Association ... Batted .417 (43-for-103) with seven doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 24 games ... Boasted a .757 slugging percentage and a .474 on-base percentage ... Was ranked as the No. 262 prospect nationally and the eighth top prospect in North Carolina in the class of 2010 by Perfect Game ... Named First-Team Atlantic All-Region by Perfect Game in 2010 ... Earned the Sam Narron Award in 2010 for the Spartans ... Academic All-Conference selection as a senior ... Batted .431 (31-for-72) in 23 games as a junior in 2009 ... Had six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 RBIs ... Stole eight bases and scored 25 runs ... Walked 16 times and struck out five ... Had a .539 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage ... A three-time all-conference player (2008-10) in the Greater Neuse River 4-A Conference ... Played travel ball for Andy Partin of the Dirtbags ... Ranked as the fifth-best rising senior in North Carolina by Impact Baseball ... Played for Region 3 at the 2008 and 2009 State Games of North Carolina ... Played for Impact Baseball's 2008 Futures Game ... Named to the Rawlings Top Prospect Team in 2008 and an Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game ... 2010 Perfect Game All-Atlantic Region First-Team selection ... Participated in the 2008-09 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2009 PG National Showcase (Minneapolis, Minn.), 2009 Sunshine East Showcase (Fort Myers, Fla.), 2009 PG WWBA 2010 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) and the 2007-08 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Fort Myers, Fla.) ...Personal: Full name is Dylan Reed Brown ... Born February 18, 1992 ... Son of Doug and Patricia Brown ... Brother Matt is a pitcher at UNC Pembroke ... Intended major is sociology with a minor in communications.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Dylan is very athletic and versatile and can play any of the three outfield positions. He is an outstanding defender with plus speed and also shows power with his bat."
Quinn Carpenter - Pos: RHP/1B - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-5 - WT: 185 - Goshen High School (Goshen, N.Y.)
Participated in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. in the summer of 2011 playing for the N.Y. Yankees squad ... Made lone appearance against the Oakland A's logging 3.1 innings of shutout ball and earned the New Balance "Dustin Pedroia Award" as the Grittiest Player-of-the-Game ... He entered the game in the second inning with two runners on and two outs getting out of the jam and went on two retire the nine of the next 10 batters faced with three strikeouts ... Also participated in the East Coast Pro Showcase in Lakeland, Fla. tossing a pair of scoreless frames ... Listed by Baseball America as having one of the best breaking balls in the Area Code Games ... Two-way player for coach Matt Sass at Goshen where he posted a 3-2 record with a 1.96 ERA in 39.1 innings as a junior ... He struck out 51 batters, an average of 9.1 per game ... At the hot corner, he batted .300 (20-for-71) with six home runs and 20 RBI ... Is also a member of the Goshen football (quarterback) and basketball teams ... Played travel ball for the Frozen Ropes where he also participated in the 2011 Perfect Game WWBA World Championships ... Listed as the seventh-best prep player in New York and 349th nationally by Perfect Game ... Personal: Born March 20, 1994 ... Son of Russell and Patricia Carpenter.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Quinn is one of the top high school pitchers in the Northeast. He has a very loose delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand. He is a tremendous athlete that has a chance to be a two-way player at East Carolina."
Zach Houchins - Pos: INF - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-3 - WT: 190 - Louisburg College (Wilson, N.C.)
College: Currently enrolled at Louisburg College under coach Mike McGuire ... As a freshman batted .349 (60-for-172) with four home runs, 35 RBI, 27 runs, 14 doubles and a triple ... Stole 7 of 11 bases, drew nine walks and slugged .640 ... Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round (pick 475) in the 2011 First Year MLB Player Draft ... Listed by Perfect Game as the 74th-best Junior College player in 2011 ... Blasted a pair of home runs against USC Lancaster (4/3/11) ... Recorded 19 multi-hit games with a career-best four hits against USC Salkehatchie (4/16/11) ... Posted 10 multi-RBI games including a career-best four against Rappahannock CC (2/19/11) and USC Lancaster (4/3/11) ... High School: Four-year letterwinner and team captain for coach Jon Smith at Wilson Hunt ... Two-time Big East All-Conference selection (2009-10) ... Batted .350 as a sophomore and .470 with four round-trippers during his junior campaign ... Earned 3A North Carolina All-State and Big East Player-of-the-Year honors as a senior after batting .537 (51-for-112) with six home runs, 14 doubles, 31 RBI and 37 runs helping the Warriors to a 28-7 record ... Smacked a pair of home runs against Northern Nash in an 11-1 victory (3/30/10) ... Posted 18 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games as a senior ... Scored multiple runs 12 times and had a five game stretch with at least one double ... Started the season with a 17-game hitting streak before going 0-for-3 with a pair of runs against Farmville Central (4/23/10) ... Played travel ball for Jon Smith (Bandits) and Rusty Dail (Post 13 Wilson) ... Personal: Full name is Zach Michael Houchins ... Born September 16, 1992 ... Son of Philip and Deborah Houchins ... Intended major is education.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Zach is a tremendous talent from right down the road in Wilson. We project him to play third and come in and hit in the middle of our order. He has a chance to be a special hitter."
Andrew La Mura - Pos: OF - B/T: L/R - HT: 5-11 - WT: 185 - Red Bank Catholic High School (Brick, N.J.)
Earned a varsity letter as a junior under Buddy Hausmann ... Named senior team captain for the 2012 season ... As a junior batted .413 (35-for-109) with two home runs, nine doubles, triple, 32 RBI and 12 stolen bases ... One of RBC's top clutch hitters, which included three hits, a home run and three RBI in a 13-7 win over NJSIAA Group IV champion Manalapan ... Tripled and picked up three RBI while going 2-for-3 in a 10-9 win over Ocean ... First-Team All-Shore Media selection as an outfielder in 2011 ... Named First-Team Monmouth County selection by NJ.com ... Recorded 19 multi-hit games hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the order ... Earned First-Team All-Shore Conference honors, first-team all-county, first-team all-division and was named Second-Team All-State Non-Public ... Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup Team selection by the coaches ... Helped squad to the 2011 Shore Conference and Divisional titles, which included a school-best 24 consecutive wins ... Three-year letterwinnner in wrestling and senior team captain ... National Honor Society member and three-time Academic Excellence Award recipient ... Played travel ball for Ed Graziano (N.J. Marlins) and Tim Kelly (N.J. 9ers) ... Member of the 2011 Perfect Game WWBA Florida and Northeast Qualifiers ... Participated in the 2011 PG WWBA 2012/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) and 2011 Sunshine Northeast Showcase (West Windsor, N.J.) ... Personal: Full name is Andrew Joseph La Mura ... Born August 21, 1993 ... Son of Al and Jeannie La Mura ... Has three siblings (Chris, Holly and Kate) ... Father was a college quarterback at Missouri Valley and signed a professional contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 1979 ... Intended major is education with a minor in mathematics.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Andrew is a corner outfielder with a solid stroke. He is an average runner and I can see him developing into a middle of the order hitter during his tenure at East Carolina."
Luke Lowery - Pos: C - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-2 - WT: 210 - Cosby High School (Midlothian, Va.)
Three-sport athlete (baseball-3, basketball-2 and football-3) for the Titans ... On the diamond he is a three-time all-district selection under coach Tim Lowery (father) ... As a freshman batted .280 with 13 RBI helping Cosby to the Dominion District tournament title and a Central Regional playoff appearance with an 18-8 overall record ... Followed rookie season hitting .406 with five home runs and 32 RBI ... Guided the Titans to district and Central Regional titles ... Earned First-Team Central Region and Dominion District honors ... Named Second-Team All-Metro and earned honorable mention all-state honors ... Repeated as Dominion District regular season and tournament champions as well as Central Regional champs ... Batted .480 with four home runs and 25 RBI on his way to First-Team All-Dominion District, Central Regional and All-Metro honors ... Named second-team all-state ... Helped the Titans to a share of the district championship on the gridiron in 2011 where he was a tight end, wide receiver, defensive end and long snapper ... Beta Club, National Honors Society, Varsity Club Board of Supervisors ... Named 2011 Perfect Game Third-Team Underclassmen All-America ... Listed as the No. 1 prospect (2012) from the 2010 Mid Atlantic Indoor Showcase (Vienna, Va.) ... Participated in the 2011 East Coast Professional Showcase (Lakeland, Fla.), 2011 PG National Showcase (Fort Myers, Fla.), 2011 PG WWBA 2012 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) and the 2010 Junior National Showcase (St. Petersburg, Fla.) ... Rated as the eighth-best prep player in Virginia and the 295th nationally by Perfect Game ... Played travel ball for Jeff Petty (Canes Baseball) and Bryon Ballard (Post 137 American Legion) where he batted .400 with two home runs, 15 RBI and 10 stolen bases ... Personal: Full name is Timothy Luke Lowery ... Born December 8, 1993 ... Son of Tim and Lori Lowery ... Brother Jake won the 2011 Johnny Bench Award winner as college baseball's best catcher ... Currently plays in the Cleveland Indians organization ... Intended major is undecided.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Luke is one of the top catchers on the East Coast. He is very physical and has a tremendous presence when on the diamond."
Kyle Majette - Pos: RHP - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-0 - WT: 190 - Jamestown High School (Williamsburg, Va.)
Two-time letterwinner for coach Michael Keubler ... Helped the Eagles to s second place finish in the Bay Rivers District, regional champions and the semifinals of the state playoffs as a junior after posting an 8-2 record on the mound ... Sported a 2.54 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 52.1 innings ... Tossed a pair of complete games in back-to-back outings against Grafton (5/3/11) and Tabb (5/10/11) ... Recorded lone save of the season against Tabb (6/1/11) working one-third of an inning ... Had 11 games with four or more strikeouts including a season-high nine against York (4/16/11) and Grafton (5/3/11) ... As a sophomore fanned 30 batters in 38.0 innings going 4-2 on the bump with a 1.50 ERA ... Two-time Honor Roll member (freshman and sophomore) ... Played travel ball for Jeff Petty (Canes Baseball) ... 2011 Perfect Game Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American ... Ranked as the 13th-best prep player in Virginia and 381st nationally by Perfect Game ... Participated in the 2010-11 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011 East Coast Professional Showcase (Lakeland, Fla.) and the 2010 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Fort Myers, Fla.) as a member of the Richmond Braves National squad ... Named to the 2011 WWBA All-Tournament Team along with fellow signee Andrew Schorr ... Personal: Full name is Kyle Majette ... Born November 5, 1993 ... Son of Mark and Kathy Majette ... Has two siblings (Chad and Shannon) ... Intended major is criminal justice.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Kyle is an outstanding pitcher and competitor. He has great mound presence and we expect him to compete for a spot right away."
Andrew Schorr - Pos: LHP - B/T: L/L - HT: 5-11 - WT: 160 - Audubon High School (Audubon, N.J.)
Three-year letterwinner and team captain for coach Rich Horan ... As a junior posted a 1-1 record on the mound with a 0.72 ERA ... Tossed 9.2 innings and struck out 16 in a single outing ... Two-time New Jersey State Champ (2009-10) ... Helped the Green Wave to a 23-5 overall record in 2011 ... Played travel ball for Josh Copskey (Brooklawn) and Dennis Barth (Brooklawn American Legion) ... Along side fellow 2012 ECU commitment Joe Brooks, helped Coach Barth and Brooklawn to the 2010 and 2011 N.J. State Championships ... In 2010 he posted a 1-1 record working 14.0 innings with 14 punch outs ... Last year was 1-1 on the mound with 12 strikeouts in 9.0 innings ... Picked up the championship clinching win against Bordentown working the final 3.1 innings of relief ... Ranked as the fifth-best prep player in New Jersey and 360th nationally by Perfect Game ... Participated in the 2011 PG WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Fla., where he was named to the All-Tournament Team along with fellow signee Kyle Majette ... Personal: Full name is Andrew Christopher Schorr ... Born April 4, 1994 ... Son of Tom and Christa Schorr ... Has two siblings (Eric and Stephanie) ... Intended major is criminal justice with a minor in accounting.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Andrew is an outstanding three-pitch guy that has swing and miss stuff. He is one of the top left-handed pitchers on the East Coast."
Justin Taylor - Pos: RHP - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-4 - WT: 185 - Farmville Central High School (Farmville, N.C.)
Two-sport athlete that has earned five varsity letters (baseball-3, basketball-2) ... Team captain under coach Eddie Rhodes ... Helped the Jaguars to back-to-back Eastern Plains Conference championships (2010-11) ... Tossed a four-hit complete game against Greene Central (5/22/11) during the N.C. State Playoffs that included six strikeouts ... Honor Roll/Principal's List member for six-straight semesters ... Played travel ball for Andy Partin of the Dirtbags ... 2011 Underclassmen High Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game ... Listed as the ninth-best prep player in North Carolina and the 304th nationally by Perfect Game ... Participated in the 2011 PG WWBA World Baseball Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011 PG WWBA 2012 Grads/17U National Championship (Marietta, Ga.) and the 2010 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Fort Myers, Fla.) ... Personal: Full name is Justin Wayne Taylor ... Born April 21, 1994 ... Son of Wayne and Sandra Taylor ... Has two siblings (Amanda and Jennifer) ... Intended major is athletic training.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Justin is a local talent that has really blossomed over the last year. He has a very good fastball with a plus slider and has emerged as one of the top right-handers in North Carolina."
Travis Watkins - Pos: C - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-0 - WT: 180 - Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.)
Two-sport athlete that has earned four varsity letters (baseball-3, basketball-1) ... Three-time team captain for the Chargers under head coach J.D. Vidal ... During sophomore season batted. 410 on his way to South Piedmont All-Conference and team MVP honors ... As a junior batted .408 (31-for-84) with two home runs, 21 RBI, eight doubles and 21 runs scored ... Swiped 9 of 10 base attempts ... Posted a .964 fielding percentage with 76 assists ... Threw out 75 percent of would be base stealers (9 of 12) ... Recorded 11 multi-hit and 8 multi-RBI games ... Collected a season-high three hits against A.L. Brown (3/22/11) and Central Cabarrus (5/5/11) ... Against Mount Pleasant (3/11/11) drove in a season-high three runs in the Chargers 6-5 win ... Earned second-straight South Piedmont All-Conference designation as well as Cox Mill's Offensive Player Award ... Named All-Cabarrus Team by The Charlotte Observer ... Four-year scholar athlete, Beta Club and National Honors Society member ... Played travel ball for Andy Partin and Lee Land of the Dirtbags ... Listed as the top senior prep catcher in North Carolina by Impact Baseball ... Participated in the 2011 PG WWBA World Baseball Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011 PG WWBA 2012 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2009-10 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Fort Myers, Fla.) and the 2008 14U OG BCS Finals (Fort Myers, Fla.) ... Personal: Full name is Travis Alan Watkins ... Born January 1, 1994 ... Son of Alan and Kim Watkins ... Intended major is undecided
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Travis is undoubtedly the best catch and throw catcher in North Carolina. The combination of his physical tools and leadership ability will make him an integral part of our program."
Hayden White - Pos: RHP - B/T: R/R - HT: 6-2 - WT: 210 - Steward School (Richmond, Va.)
Two-sport athlete that has earned five varsity letters (baseball-3, basketball-2) ... Two-time VISAA First-Team All-State selection, two-time VCC Player-of-the-Year, two-time VCC All-Tournament Team, two-time Second-Team All-Metro by the Richmond Times Dispatch and two-time team MVP ... As a freshman batted .535 with 15 RBI ... During sophomore campaign Sported a 7-1 record on the mound with a 1.79 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 47.0 innings ... At the plate batted .506 with a pair of home runs and 26 RBI ... Last year he continued his dominance on the mound going 8-1 with a 0.78 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 54.0 innings ... Also batted .505 with six home runs and 43 RBI ... Played travel ball for Dan Gitzen and the Delmarva Canes ... 2011 Underclassman High Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game ... Listed as the 16th-best prep player in Virginia and the 430th nationally by Perfect Game ... Participated in 2011 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011PG WWBA 20012 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2011 National Showcase (Fort Myers, Fla.), 2010 WWBA Underclassmen Championships (Fort Myers, Fla.) and the 2009 WWBA 2011 Grads/16U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) ... Personal: Full name is Jeffrey Hayden White ... Born August 12, 1993 ... Son of Jeff and Shari White ... Has two siblings (Justin and Tanner) ... Father played baseball at Lynchburg College ... Intended major is exercise physiology.
Coach Godwin's Comments: "Hayden is a durable right-handed pitcher with a good fastball. He has a strong desire to be on the mound when the game is on the line. His stuff, particularly his breaking ball, leads us to believe he can make an immediate impact."
2012-13 East Carolina Recruiting Class
||Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, Va.)
||Gloucester Catholic High School (Gloucester City, N.J.)
||Gulf Coast State College (Smithfield, N.C.)
||Goshen High School (Goshen, N.Y.)
||Louisburg College (Wilson, N.C.)
|Andrew La Mura
||Red Bank Catholic High School (Brick, N.J.)
||Cosby High School (Midlothian, Va.)
||Jamestown High School (Williamsburg, Va.)
||Audubon High School (Audubon, N.J.)
||Farmville Central High School (Farmville, N.C.)
||Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.)
||Steward School (Richmond, Va.)