Canton South junior pitcher Logan Bowles committed to Ohio State Saturday, the first player in the Buckeyes 2012 baseball recruiting class.
``Its special,’’ Bowles said of the being the first in the recruiting class. ``It means they are interested me and I want to play there. I am excited for it.’’
Bowles, a 6-foot-3, 175 pound right-handed pitcher, impressed the Buckeyes and first-year coach Greg Beals last weekend at an invite only showcase.
He pitched two innings and struck out five. His fastball was clocked at 87 mph on the radar gun. He also finished 3-for-5 hitting with a double and two RBI.
The Buckeyes first noticed Bowles in a summer tournament at Dayton University, playing for the 17U Stark County Terriers.
Long and thin, Bowles possesses a projectable body type that could easily add bulk and a few more miles an hour onto his fastball.
His priority in Columbus will be to pitch, although the Buckeyes will also give him an opportunity to hit and play first base too.
He cannot officially sign with Ohio State until November of next year.
OTHER AREA BASEBALL VERBAL COMMITMENTS
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CLASS OF 2011
(In alphabetical order)
John Birkbeck, GlenOak
-- Right-handed pitcher, committed to Kent State
Brian Clark, Stow
-- Left-handed pitcher, committed to Kent State
Zac Edwards, Hudson
-- Right-handed pitcher, committed to St. Bonaventure
Matt Ellenbest, Medina
-- Right-handed pitcher/ first base, committed to Cleveland State
Tim Faix, Walsh Jesuit
-- Left-handed pitcher, Committed to Kent State
Jason McPeek, Stow
-- Right-handed pitcher/ outfield, committed to Cleveland State
Tommy Monnot, GlenOak
-- Catcher/corner infielder, committed to Kent State
Joshua North, Barberton
-- Right-handed pitcher, Committed to Youngstown State
Sawyer Polen, Wooster Triway
-- Infielder, committed to Kent State
Lucas Sokol, Hoban
-- Catcher, committed to Toledo
Kyle Vozar, Medina Highland
-- Catcher, committed to Cleveland State