Nov. 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball received signed national letters of intent from nine high school student-athletes who will enroll next fall and be eligible to begin play during the 2014-15 season for the Rebels, head coach Tim Chambers announced Wednesday.
“Overall it is a really good recruiting class,” Chambers said. “We are super happy with it. We only offered 11 guys and we got nine of them. We got the guys we were going after and that is a real positive for our program. We can’t wait to get them all on campus.”
The class consists of five pitchers (four right-handers and one left-hander), two outfielders and two middle infielders. The class includes Austin Anderson (SS), Blaze Bohall (RHP), Hunter Bross (OF), Gabe Gonzalez (RHP), Jesse Keiser (OF), Christian Myers (RHP), Dan Skelly (RHP), Payton Squier (SS) and Corey Wilson (LHP).
Austin Anderson is a shortstop out of Littleton, Colo., and attends Columbine High School. The standout infielder will enter his third year on the varsity baseball team this spring.
“It’s really awesome to sign with a school like UNLV,” Anderson said. “My mascot in high school is the Rebels so it is cool that I will continue to be a Rebel in college.”
“Austin brings a lot of skills and tools to the plate,” Chambers said. “We have been on him a long time and we were excited to get him. He is going to be a heck of a player."
Blaze Bohall is a right-handed pitcher out of Glendale, Ariz., and attends Mountain Ridge High School. Perfect Game ranked him as the No. 16 player in his class coming out of Arizona, No. 230 at his position nationally and the No. 500 overall recruit.
“It’s been my dream to play college baseball,” Bohall said. “So to make it that far is just an amazing feeling. I am really excited to play at UNLV and start my career next fall.”
“Bohall throws 88 to 91 and he just turned 17, so he is very young,” Chambers said. “He is a very talented pitcher who we think can do some big things for us.”
Hunter Bross is an outfielder out of Scottsdale, Ariz., and attends Notre Dame Prep School. He helped the St. Bernards to a 30-7 record and a Division II state title in 2013.
“I am really excited to play at UNLV,” Bross said. “I want to help the team make the tournament and improve as a player.”
“He is a big 6-3, 6-4 centerfielder,” Chambers said. “His dad played in the big leagues with our assistant coach Kevin Higgins. He is a big time athlete that can really throw from center and is coming into his own as a hitter.”
Gabe Gonzalez is a right-handed pitcher out of Las Vegas and attends Arbor View High School. He was named the Connie Mack Co-Player of the Year last summer and was named to the 2013 Connie Mack All-State team. Perfect Game ranks him as the No. 1 recruit in Nevada, No. 28 at his position nationally and No. 89 overall.
“I’m really excited to take my talent to UNLV,” Gonzalez said. “I want to help the team reach our goals and play for a championship.”
“We found Gonzalez at a camp when he was a sophomore,” Chambers said. “He is a big time prospect and he gets better every single day. He gave us his verbal commitment on an unofficial visit early and he never wavered from it. Everybody was on him and he basically said he was coming to UNLV. He is a good character kid with big potential.”
Jesse Keiser is an outfielder who is out of Las Vegas and attends Liberty High School. As a junior he was named to the all-state first team, all-southern Nevada first team, all-region first team and all-conference first team after hitting .481 with 30 RBIs and three home runs. He joins teammate Dan Skelly as a UNLV signee this year.
“It is definitely a great feeling that I signed with UNLV,” Keiser said. “I’ve grown up around the program and I have always wanted to be a Rebel. I’m excited that my dream will become a reality next fall.”
“Keiser is a left-handed hitting outfielder who is going to hit for power eventually,” Chambers said. “He is a really good contact hitter and is a tough out. He is a local kid out of Liberty High School and is going to be a really good player for us.”
Christian Myers is a right-handed pitcher out of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and attends Rock Canyon High School. He helped the Jaguars to an 11-8 record as a junior. Overall he holds a 3-2 record with 15 saves as a prepster.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to play at UNLV,” Myers said. “I just can’t wait to start and make the most of it.”
“Myers is the son of Mike Myers, who was a sidewinder in the majors for 13 years and played for a number of teams,” Chambers said. “His son is, subsequently, a right-handed submarine pitcher. Everyone is college baseball right now has a guy who can come in and get three right-handed hitters out from underneath. He is going to be a really good one and has a good pedigree.”
Dan Skelly is a two-way player out of Las Vegas and attends Liberty High School. As a junior, he was named to the All-Southeast Region Second Team. He hit .421 as a junior with 30 RBIs and sported a 4-1 record on the mound. He helped his summer squad to back-to-back American Legion titles in 2012 and 2013 and was named the tournament MVP in 2013. He joins teammate Jesse Keiser as a UNLV signee.
“It’s going to be nice to play in the Scarlet & Gray,” Skelly said. “I look forward to starting my road as a Rebel next fall.”
“Skelly is kind of a two-way guy (outfield and pitcher) out of Liberty,” Chambers said. “We think he is going to be a pitcher. He has a young arm and is still developing. We expect him to come in here and do some big things for us eventually.”
Payton Squier is a shortstop out of Glendale, Ariz. and attends Greenway High School. As a junior he hit .538 with 17 doubles and 47 RBIs. He helped the Demons to a 31-3 record as a junior and was named to the Division II all-state first team.
“I wanted to go to a school where I felt like we could win a championship,” Squier said. “I think UNLV is a perfect fit for that.”
“Payton was recruited by some big time schools and we were really excited to get him,” Chambers said. “I don’t know if he will play shortstop or second base, but he bats left-handed and can really hit.”
Corey Wilson is a left-handed pitcher out of Phoenix, Ariz., and attends Sandra Day O’Connor High School. He was all-state honorable mention as a junior after helping the Eagles to a 29-4 overall record. Perfect Game ranks him as the No. 51 recruit out of Arizona and No. 152 at his position nationally.
“It is kind of a dream come true,” Wilson said. “I’ve been working my whole life to play division I baseball and I’m excited for the opportunity to play at UNLV.”
“Wilson is going to come in and hog a bunch of innings as he develops,” Chambers said. “He is a good left-handed pitcher and you always need those.”