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2022 College Baseball Recruiting Rankings



College baseball’s signing period opens Nov. 10 and as players around the country formalize their college commitments, Baseball America presents its first iteration of the 2022 recruiting class rankings.

These rankings will be updated and expanded over the next year, as it is a long journey from signing day until players arrive on campus. The draft will have a profound affect on these classes, as well as changes in performance, injuries and more.

Vanderbilt tops the rankings, headlined by righthander Dylan Lesko, the 2021 Gatorade National Player of the Year, and outfielder Druw Jones, the son of former all-star Andruw Jones. The premium talent in the Commodores’ class is unmatched around the country. Louisiana State is close behind Vanderbilt for the top spot, however, as it has perhaps the deepest class in the nation.

The recruiting rankings take into account all players from the high school and junior college ranks and were compiled following many conversations with coaches and scouts. Four-year transfers are not considered for the ranking.

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    Vanderbilt

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Mike Baxter
    Top recruit: Dylan Lesko, RHP


    Overview: Vanderbilt has assembled an unmatched array of elite talent in this class. Led by Lesko, outfielder Druw Jones and lefthanders Brandon Barriera and Noah Schultz, half a dozen players in the class have a legitimate chance to be first-round picks this summer. Signing that kind of talent means the Commodores will be sweating out the draft with many players, but it also means there’s tremendous upside for this group.


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    LSU

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Dan Fitzgerald
    Top recruit: Paxton Kling, OF


    Overview: After Jay Johnson and his staff of Fitzgerald and pitching coach Jason Kelly were hired this summer, they went to work and supplemented what was already a strong recruiting class with some more high-end talent. The result is perhaps the deepest class in the country.

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    Miami

    ACC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Norberto Lopez
    Top recruit: Elijah Green, OF


    Overview: Miami has been recruiting as well as any program in the ACC over the last few years, including landing the top-ranked 2020 class. The Hurricanes’ 2022 group has that kind of potential, particularly with Green and righthander/shortstop Nazier Mule in the mix.

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    Mississippi State

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Jake Gautreau
    Top recruit: Jurrangelo Cijntje, BHP


    Overview: The Bulldogs made a few key additions to this class in the aftermath of winning the College World Series. Those players take a solid class for an SEC team into a premium class with high-end upside.

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    Louisville

    ACC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Eric Snider
    Top recruit: Cam Collier, 3B


    Overview: The Cardinals have put together a big, strong class that ranks among the best in the ACC. The class, which got a boost over the summer when Collier reclassified from 2023 to 2022, has high-end talent both among pitchers and position players.

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    Clemson

    ACC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Bradley LeCroy
    Top recruit: Brock Porter, RHP


    Overview: With Porter and lefthander Tristan Smith leading the way, Clemson is signing a 1-2 punch on the mound that stacks up well with any team in the country. The Tigers have a strong group surrounding them, including several players that have breakout potential.

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    Arkansas

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Nate Thompson
    Top recruit: Jayson Jones, SS


    Overview: The Razorbacks have brought in back-to-back top-10 classes and their 2022 group has similar upside. It’s a well-rounded group that includes some high-impact position players.

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    Duke

    ACC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Josh Jordan
    Top recruit: Cole Young, SS


    Overview: Duke this year shepherded its recruiting class through the draft without losing any players to pro ball and was rewarded with its first top-10 class in program history. If the Blue Devils do so again next summer, their 2022 class could be even better than their 2021 group.

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    Mississippi

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Carl Lafferty
    Top recruit: Jackson Ferris, LHP


    Overview: The Rebels have compiled a strong recruiting class with some high-upside players and a lot of depth. Ole Miss has a veteran roster for 2022, so this class should be well positioned to make an impact in Oxford once it arrives.

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    Florida

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Craig Bell and Chuck Jeroloman
    Top recruit: Luke Heyman, C


    Overview: Florida consistently recruits at a high level and this class is another example of that. The class is deeper on the mound, but the Gators also signed some high-end position players.

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    Oklahoma State

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Justin Seely
    Top recruit: Jackson Holliday, SS


    Overview: Oklahoma State has some top-end talent on the position player side of the class and also went heavy on the mound, as it could lose several pitchers off its current team in the draft. The result is a class that ranks among the best in the Big 12.

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    Texas

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Sean Allen
    Top recruit: Henry Bolte, OF


    Overview: Texas has a veteran roster for the 2022 season and will likely lose several players in next summer’s draft, especially from its lineup. As a result, the Longhorns hit the recruiting trail hard for position players and have compiled an exciting group.

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    Auburn

    SEC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: Karl Nonemaker
    Top recruit: Hayden Murphy, RHP


    Overview: With an older, veteran roster for the 2022 season, Auburn needed to put together a bigger recruiting class to account for all the players it will lose. The Tigers went big on both numbers and talent to sign one a high-upside class.

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    Georgia Tech

    ACC
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: James Ramsey
    Top recruit: Riley Stanford, RHP/OF


    Overview: The Yellow Jackets have a big, deep class as they this summer will likely be looking to replace several key players as they move into professional baseball.

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Recruiting coordinator: J-Bob Thomas
    Top recruit: Travis Sanders, SS


    Overview: The Red Raiders have a big, deep recruiting class that’s especially strong among position players, who stand out for their speed and versatility. It isn’t all about the hitters, however. Texas Tech also adds some exciting talent on the mound.

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