- CY SMITH TO APPALACHIAN STATE
- CARSON WHISENHUNT TO EAST CAROLINA
- WILL SCHOMBERG TO DAVIDSON COLLEGE
- MASON GWYN TO UNC-CHARLOTTE
- TALLON FLYNN TO UNC-ASHEVILLE
2021 and 2022 class,
I have been meaning to send an email to our sophomores and freshman about the recruiting process and how the Rockies can help your son. I apologize for the delay, but we have been scrambling the last two weeks with all of the weather related issues.
The Rockies have sent over 100 players to college since 2015. This does not count the kids who received offers to play college baseball but chose to attend their dream college after being accepted. You can view the commit list on our website at www.leaguelineup.com/carolinarockies.
Unlike other competing organizations, the Rockies staff spends a lot of time speaking with colleges on the players behalf. We have several families of committed players that will be glad to share their experience, if needed. I have an extremely experienced coaching staff that have relationships with every school in NC as well as others in surrounding states. I have a great relationship with every school in NC and they call me when interested in our players. With two one of my own who played D1 baseball, I will gladly share my experience and knowledge of the recruiting process.
I have started receiving questions about the recruiting process from several families and will share some of my answers below.
When does the recruiting process take place? It starts during the Fall if your freshman year. The Rockies attend the events at locations that will get your son the exposure needed to start the process. However, understand that unless you throw mid to upper 80’s, there will not be a lot of communication with college scouts to share at this time. The only schools that offer freshman are in the ACC and SEC. These offers are limited to big arms.
When can colleges contact my son? Until your junior year, they cannot contact you directly or speak with you at a tournament until after your junior season. They cannot call or text a player during this time as well. They can send emails about camps only. They cannot return emails unless it has to do with a camp. You can call a coach, but they cannot call you. The Rockies coaching staff routinely sets up phone calls with college coaches for our players so they know you are calling and will make themselves available.
When should I attend college or prospect camps? Generally speaking, it is good to attend a couple of these each year after your sophomore season. They will not spend a lot of time with kids that have not played a high school season. The Volunteer Assistant coaches at colleges are paid by the revenues from their camps. So, they will send mass communications to kids inviting them to their camps. Our coaching staff will gladly help you decide if a college letter is a mass communication or something to take seriously if you want some feedback.
The Rockies Baseball Club is a Showcase Organization based out of North Carolina. The Rockies currently field teams in the 18U, 17U, 16U, 15U, 14U, 13U divisions.
You can view our college commitments and tryout information below.
THE ROCKIES SHOWCASE/TRAVEL BASEBALL FALL 2018 TRYOUT SCHEDULE
Rockies Athletic Club @ Wilson Park
7505 Topsider Drive, Clemmons, NC
Come see our 10,000 sq ft indoor facility. Tryouts will be outdoors (weather permitting) on our high school field. We will indoors,
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested but unable to attend a tryout. We can set up a day/time for a workout in our indoor facilities in NC.
Rockies Athletic Club @ Wilson Park
7505 Topsider Drive
Clemmons, NC 27012
ROCKIES SHOWCASE BASEBALL 2020 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
Cam Clonch, Mooresville HS, East Carolina University
Coby Ingle, Rockingham County HS, North Carolina State University
ROCKIES SHOWCASE BASEBALL 2019 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
Luke Stephens, RJ Reynolds HS, Wofford College
Mason Gwyn, North Surry HS, UNC-Charlotte
Will Schomberg, Forsyth Country Day School, Davidson College
Tallon Flynn, Forbush HS, UNC-Asheville
Alex Hall, Mt. Airy HS, North Carolina A & T University
Cy Smith, West Caldwell HS, Appalachian State University
Carson Whisenhunt, Davie HS, East Carolina University
Skylar Brooks, Wilkes Central HS, East Carolina University
Ried Dittner, Apex Friendship HS, Tulane University
Isaiah Bennett, Pine Forest HS, University of North Carolina
Syncere Pittman, South Central HS, Winston-Salem State
Noah Lea, Dudley HS, North Carolina A & T University
Landen Harris, Gray's Creek HS, UNC-Pembroke
Jason Montague, Southern Nash HS, Coker College
ROCKIES SHOWCASE BASEBALL 2018 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
Colin Best, High Point Christian Academy, UNC-Greensboro
Grant Eidschun, East Forsyth HS, Arizona State University
Carter Foster, Forbush HS, UNC-Charlotte
Dalton Ward, Westchester Country Day, North Carolina Central University
Peyton Winebarger, Forbush HS, North Carolina A&T University
Brett Pope, Alleghany HS, North Carolina Central University
Gianni Smith, West Forsyth HS, North Carolina A&T University
Spencer Claus, West Forsyth HS, William Peace University
Hayes Henderson, Watauga HS, Guilford College
Spencer Treadaway, Reagan HS, Methodist University
Adam Shoemaker, North Wilkes HS, Surry Community College
Blake Winebarger, Forbush HS, Pfeiffer University
Randy Floyd, Fairmont HS, UNC-Pembroke
Brennen Herbert, Jack Britt HS, Appalachian State University
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2017 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
Hogan (Turtle) Windish, Ashe County HS, UNC-Greensboro
Josh Nifong, High Point Christian, Duke University
Brody Lawson, High Point Christian, UNC-Wilmington
Kendal Tucker, North Surry HS, Winthrop University
Adam Hartle, Reagan HS, Queens University
Zach Brinkley, West Forsyth HS, Catawba College
Greg Brown, Central Davidson HS, Catawba College
Will Lancaster, Lexington HS, Catawba College
Josh Robledo, Walkertown HS, Methodist University
Robert Sari, High Point Christian, King University
Will Walker, Person Senior HS, Methodist University
Pierce Cox, Ashe County HS, William Peace University
Gavin Tippett, Glenn HS, Patrick Henry CC
Brendan Emery, East Forsyth HS, Mars Hill University
Keaton Bradley, Northern Durham, Prince George CC
Chris Mauck, West Davidson HS, Wake Tech CC
Max Ruskie, Heritage HS, Wake Tech CC
Matt Moser, Piedmont HS, Pfeiffer University
Tate Wood, West Forsyth HS, Patrick Henry CC
Tyler Campbell, Forbush HS, Catawba Vally CC
Kyndale Martin, West Forsyth HS, William Peace University
Preston Draughn, Calvary Day, Patrick Henry CC
Drew Epling, Calvary Day, Guilford College
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2016 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
Tyler Smith, East Surry HS, East Carolina University
Isaac Campbell, Davie HS, Gardner-Webb University
Brady Watts, North Surry HS, Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
Joseph Lowder, Ashe County HS, Appalachian State University
Andrew Vogler, Reagan HS, UNC-Asheville
Justin Brown, South Granville HS, UNC-Pembroke
Alex Vanderstok, West Forsyth HS, Appalachian State University
Cole Weiss, Mt. Tabor HS, UNC-Wilmington
Carter Williams, Northeast Guilford HS, NC Central University
Mike McHugh, Mt. Tabor HS, Presbyterian College
Jacob Whitley, West Forsyth HS, Gardner-Webb University/UNC-Charlotte
Brett Kellam, Douglas Byrd HS, USC-Sumpter
Bryce McTeer, Walkertown HS, Catawba Valley Community College
Taylor Trahan, West Forsyth HS, Rockingham Community College
Jamaiz Hunt, Pine Forest HS, Wake Tech Community College
Jackson Justus, East Rowan HS, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lee Sells, North Rowan HS, Greensboro College
Andrew Munster, West Forsyth HS, Guilford College
Eli Boles, West Stokes HS, Tusculum College
Ty Walser, North Forsyth HS, Guilford College
Ethan Wilson, Pine Forest HS, Wake Tech Community College
DJ Bishop, Jack Britt HS, Wake Tech Community College
Josh Eubanks, West Forsyth HS, Wake Tech Community College
Tamiris Palmer, Pine Forest HS, Wake Tech Community College
Josh Chunn, West Stokes HS, Brunswick Community College
Paul Davenport, Davie HS, Winston-Salem State University
Corbin Watson, Morehead HS, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Ben Diamond, West Forsyth HS, Guilford College
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2015 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
Joseph Peeler, East Rowan HS, UNC-Wilmington, Seattle Mariners
Aaron Therien, Durham Academy, Duke University
Ty Adcock, South Granville HS, Elon University
Jake Mayhew, West Forsyth HS, UNC-Greensboro
Michael Horrell, Ledford HS, Campbell University
Tanner Routh, Randleman HS, Campbell University
Jeremiah Triplett, West Wilkes HS, UNC-Greensboro
Parker Brann, Roxboro Community School, Western Carolina University
Brad Mize, Heritage HS, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Taylor Williams, Webb HS, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Josh Kent, Mt. Tabor HS, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Zack Moore, South Granville HS, Louisburg College
Troy Polen, Westchester Country Day, Emory & Henry College
Jordan Brooks, Walkertown HS, Surry Community College
DJ Laxton, Eastern Randolph HS, Catawba College
Logan Andrews, Graham HS, North Carolina Wesleyan College
Logan Sheets, East Surry HS, Surry Community College
Ryan McIntire, East Davidson HS, Guilford Technical Community College
Tyler Marion, East Surry HS, Surry Community College
Alston Scott, Lee County HS, Wake Tech CC
Seth Brown, Wilkes Central HS, Montreat College
Ryan Jones, Salisbury HS, Belmont Abbey College
Kerry Rice, Walkertown HS, Greensboro College
Zach Branon, Walkertown HS, Greensboro College
Tyler Kocher, J.M. Robinson HS, Greensboro College
Harrison Bell, East Rowan HS, University of Charleston
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2014 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2013 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2012 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
CAROLINA ROCKIES SHOWCASE 2011 CLASS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
JACOB WHITLEY TO GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY
Jacob Whitley (2016 C) of West Forsyth HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for the Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb University. Whitley has played with the 18U group the last couple years and has been a key performer at the plate. Jacob is one of the best blocking/receiving catchers in the state and will continue to get better at the next level. Whitley has been solid at the plate for West Forsyth HS and with the Rockies as a middle of the order hitter for both programs.
Congratulations to Jacob and his family!
TAMIRIS PALMER TO WAKE TECH CC
Tamiris Palmer (2016 RHP) of Pine Forest HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for Chris Keic and the Eagles of Wake Tech Community College. Palmer is a hard-throwing right handed pitcher that tops out in the upper 80's. Tamiris was a consistent starter on the mound for the Rockies this fall and should compete for mound time immediately at Wake Tech. Palmer was a 2015 South Atlantic Border Battle selection.
Congratulations to Tamiris and his family!
BRODY LAWSON TO UNC-WILMINGTON
Brody Lawson (2017 RHP) of High Point Christian/Carolina Rockies 17U has chosen to play college baseball for Mark Scalf and the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington. Lawson had a great summer and fall with the Rockies 17U. Brody has outstanding command of 3 pitches and a fastball in the upper 80's. Lawson was named to the 2015 WWBA 16U National Championship All-Tournament team this summer after an outstanding complete game win against FTB Mizuno. You can see Brody with the Carolina Rockies 17's Black in 2016.
Congratulations to Brody and his family!
JOSH NIFONG TO DUKE UNIVERSITY
Josh NiFong (2017 RHP) of High Point Christian/Carolina Rockies 17U has chosen to play college baseball for Chris Pollard and the Blue Devils of Duke University. NiFong is a hard throwing right-handed pitcher that is coming off a great summer and fall seasons with the Rockies in 2015. NiFong has been 86-89mph this summer/fall and is the leader of the pitching staff at High Point Christian as well as the Carolina Rockies 17's. You can see Josh with the Carolina Rockies 17's Black in 2016.
Congratulations to Josh and his family!
PAUL DAVENPORT TO WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
Paul Davenport (2016 C) of Davie HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for the Rams of Winston-Salem State University. Davenport is a big hitting catcher and 2015 Davie HS Most Valuable Player. Paul has been a middle of the order hitter the last couple of seasons with the Rockies. Davenport is getting to stay "home" and play in one of the best minor league baseball stadiums in the Southeast.
Congratulations to Paul and his family!
JOSH CHUNN TO MONTREAT COLLEGE
Josh Chunn (2016 OF) of West Stokes HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for the Cavaliers of Montreat College. Chunn is an outstanding LHH with big power at the plate and should compete for playing time immediately in college. Chunn plays a great centerfield with his speed and ability to get a huge jump on the baseball.
Congratulations to Josh and his family!
CORBIN WATSON TO LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY
Corbin Watson (2016 MI) of Morehead HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for Coach Fleenor and the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Watson has been a top of the order hitter for the Rockies over the past year. The smooth fielding shortstop can also play on the other side of the infield at second base. Watson has had a great varsity career at Morehead High School and should excel at the next level.
Congratulations to Corbin and his family!
DREW EPLING TO GUILFORD COLLEGE
Drew Epling (2017 C) of Calvary Baptist Day School/Carolina Rockies 17U has chosen to play college baseball for Coach Black and Guilford College. Epling had a great year in 2015 with the Rockies as a middle of the order hitter with good power. Drew should be a leader at Calvary Day School next spring and should have an opportunity to start early in his career at Guilford.
Congratulations to Drew and his family!
CAROLINA ROCKIES 18'S ARE THE 2015 RIPKEN VETERANS DAY CHAMPIONS
The Carolina Rockies 18's won the 2015 Ripken Veterans Day tournament this past weekend in Myrtle Beach. The Rockies went 4-0 and outscored their opponents by a 37-8 margin to run away with the championship. This was an outstanding team effort as the Rockies dominated the tournament on the mound and at the plate. The Carolina Rockies 18's went 8-0 to win the 2015 Impact Fall Championship and 2015 Ripken Veterans Day Championship in their last two tournaments together. Thanks again for a great 2015 Summer/Fall seasons.
JOSEPH LOWDER TO CONCORD UNIVERSITY
Joseph Lowder (2016 RHP) of Ashe County HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for the Mountain Lions of Concord University. Lowder has had an outstanding high school career as a two-time State Games of NC participant and a Pitcher MVP performance at the App State Battle of the Border Showcase. Joseph was on the Gold Medal winning Region 7 team in the 2014 State Games of NC. Joseph has been a very consistent starting pitcher for the Rockies program over the past two years. Lowder should be able to compete for significant mound time at Concord as a freshman.
Congratulations to Joseph and his family!
CAROLINA ROCKIES 18's BLACK ARE 2015 IMPACT 18U FALL NATIONAL CHAMPS
The Carolina Rockies 18's Black completed a great fall season by going 4-0 to win the Impact 18U Fall National Championship for the 2nd year in a row. This weekend was a total team effort as the Rockies were clicking on all aspects of their game while giving up only 4 runs in the tournament. The Rockies won 11-1 on a walk-off 3 run home run by Josh Chunn in the bottom of the 6th inning. DJ Bishop had a dominant outing on the mound by going 5 innings and giving up no earned runs. Congratulations to this great group of talented players.
ISAAC CAMPBELL TO GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY
Isaac Campbell (2016 LHP) of Davie HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for Coach Rusty Stroup and the Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb University. Campbell joined the Rockies in 2015 and has been a top performer in the starting rotation. Campbell chose the Bulldogs after receiving multiple offers this fall. Campbell was a 1st Team All-Conference performer in the tough Central Piedmont Conference (CPC) in 2015. Gardner-Webb expects Campbell to have an opportunity to pitch on weekends with a fastball that has been 84-88 mph this fall.
Congratulations to Isaac and his family!
CAROLINA ROCKIES 14'S GRAY FINISH IN 3RD PLACE @ THE HOME RUN CLASSIC
The Carolina Rockies 14's Gray played their first tournament ever together this past weekend and finished in 3rd place at the Gate City Sports USSSA Home Run Classic. The Rockies 14's Gray started off 3-0 before losing a tough 1-0 game in the semi-finals. Great defense and timely hitting carried the Rockies throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to the Rockies 14's Gray on an outstanding tournament!
CAROLINA ROCKIES 14's BLACK ARE USSSA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
The Carolina Rockies 14's Black played their first ever tournament together this weekend and brought home the hardware! The Rockies 14's Black went undefeated on their way to winning the Gate City USSSA Beat The Heat tournament this weekend by a convincing 14-0 win in the championship game.
Congratulations to the Carolina Rockies 14's Black on a great first tournament together!
CAROLINA ROCKIES 17's BLACK WIN PERFECT GAME 25 APPALACHIAN BULLPEN INVITATIONAL
The Carolina Rockies 17's Black got off to a fast start to the fall season by winning the PG Super25 Appalachian Bullpen Invitational this past weekend. The Rockies went 4-0 and the pitching staff threw 3 shutouts in the tournament.
Congratulations to the Rockies 17's Black on a great tournament.
BRADY WATTS TO VMI
Brady Watts (2016 LHP) of North Surry HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play for Jonathan Hadra and the Keydets of Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Watts has been outstanding during the past two years with the Rockies as part of a great pitching rotation. Watts threw a one-hitter for North Surry HS in the semi-finals of the NCHSAA State Tournament this year against Randleman. Watts is a two-time State Games of NC selection for Region 7 and got the save in the Gold Medal game last year. Brady was named to the 2015 WWBA All-Tournament team this summer after throwing a one-hitter against the eventual pool winner. VMI is getting one of the best 2016 LHP in NC.
Congratulations to Brady and his family!
BEN DIAMOND TO GUILFORD COLLEGE
Ben Diamond (2016 RHP/MI) of West Forsyth HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for Nick Black and the Guilford College Quakers. Diamond has been in the Rockies program for the past 4 years and has been outstanding on the mound and in the middle infield. Ben will be play a major role in his senior season next spring at West Forsyth HS. Diamond should get a chance to play in the field as well pitch in his freshman year at Guilford College.
Congratulations to Ben and his family!
ANDREW VOGLER TO UNC-ASHEVILLE
Andrew Vogler (2016 MI) of Reagan HS/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for Scott Friedholm and the Bulldogs of UNC-Asheville. Vogler has been rock solid in the middle infield for the Rockies over the past two years. Andrew started getting a lot of attention playing up with the Rockies 18U last fall as their starting shortstop. Andrew had a great summer this year with the Rockies playing both positions in the middle infield and showing the consistency needed at the plate to play at the next level. Andrew will finish his career at Reagan HS in 2016 as a 3-year starter in the middle infield.
Congratulation to Andrew and his family!
ZACK MOORE TO LOUISBURG COLLEGE
Zack Moore (2015 MI) of South Granville HS/Carolina Rockies has chosen to play college baseball for Louisburg College. Moore is an outstanding 2B that can really hit it from the left side. Zack is as good as any player I've seen at 2B. Zack was a key member of the 2A State Championship team this year at S.Granville HS as he was their leadoff hitter.
Congratulations to Zack on the state championship and continuing to play college baseball at Louisburg!
TROY POLEN TO EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE
Troy Polen (2015 LHP/OF) of Westchester Country Day/Carolina Rockies 18U has chosen to play college baseball for the Wasps of Emory & Henry. Polen is the 2015 Triad Athletic Conference MVP. Troy has been an outstanding two-way player for the Rockies the last couple of years. Troy helped lead Westchester to back-to-back state championships during the 2013 and 2014 season.
Congratulations to Troy and his family!