Nov. 16, 2007
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University's baseball team received national letters of intent from 6-foot-2 centerfielder Ryan Curl (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales), 6-foot-1 catcher Jordan Jankowski (McMurray, Penn./Peters Township), 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher Joe Neff (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and 5-foot-11 right-handed pitcher Matt Rosinski (University Heights, Ohio/St. Ignatius), head coach Dan Simonds announced today (Nov. 14).
As a junior, Curl was a first-team all-Ohio selection, a first-team all-district honoree, and was named the MVP of the CABA World Series in Georgia. Curl was recently ranked by Perfect Game USA as the No. 1 player in the State of Ohio and the 194th top high school player in the United States. Curl also earned All-American accolades playing for Travel Ball Select and was named its National Player of the Year last year. Curl was also named an Under Armour Preseason High School All-American.
"We identified Ryan as one of our top priorities during the recruiting process. He is a very talented athlete and possesses two above average tools in his speed and arm strength," Simonds said. "He has an undeniable passion for the game and will certainly have an immediate impact on our program."
Jankowski is a two-time all-Post-Gazette selection, was a first-team all-section recipient and was named the Pennysylvania Almanac Player of the Year in 2007. His sophomore season, Jankowski was voted as a one of Washington County's Top-12 players. Jankowski will provide great depth at the catcher position for Miami.
"Jordan possesses tremendous raw power and potentially can change a game every time he steps to the plate," Simonds said. "Defensively he has a very strong arm and has evolved into a solid defensive catcher. We are looking forward to developing his entire game."
Neff, a three-year letter winner at Carmel High School, was also a member of the elite Indiana Bulls Summer program. His career ERA at Carmel is 1.75 and he has averaged 1.3 strikeouts per game.
"We had several opportunities as a staff to see Joe and we were impressed each time we saw him pitch," Simonds said. "He has an above average fastball and an out pitch in his slider. We truly believe he has only scratched the surface of his potential."
As a junior, Rosinski was voted to the Southeastern Baseball Classic All-Tournament team and he was a Sun Newspaper Northwest all-district selection. Rosinski recently pitched for the premier fall travel team, Mid-West Redbirds .Off the field, Rosinski is a member of the National Honor Society.
"Matt has plus command of three pitches. He got better and better through the course of the summer and has a chance to get impact innings on the mound immediately," Simonds said. "He has been successful at a high level and loves to compete. As successful as he has been on the mound, he has achieved an equal level of success in the classroom".
Miami opens its season Feb. 22-24 in Tempe, Arizona, where the RedHawks will face Arizona State, Vanderbilt and back-to-back national champion, Oregon State.