PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper College baseball program welcomed in their first wave of class of 2014 recruits on Saturday afternoon. Six players signed their NJCAA Letters of Intent to play for Harper College and head coach Cliff Brown next season.
James Walthers (Lockport), Ryan Nudd (St. Edwards), Brandon Kaminski (Joliet Catholic), Jonathan Nugent (Huntley), Nathaniel Paprota (Plainfield Central) and Tucker Robinson (Tuscola) will join a Hawks program that was one game away from the NJCAA World Series in 2013 and shows promise in 2014.
|Six recruits signed their NJCAA Letters of Intent on Saturday. (Bill Smith)|
"We are excited to welcome in these six guys into the Hawks family," Brown said. "We look forward to seeing these players grow both academically and athletically once they get here."
Walthers is a senior at Lockport whose primary position is pitcher. He is planning on studying to be an athletic trainer. Nudd, a middle infielder, will complete his senior season at St. Edwards in Elgin this spring and is a four-year varsity starter.
Kaminski was a pitcher on the Joliet Catholic team that won the state title in 2013. He also is a three-year letter winner in football and letter winner in basketball. Nugent, a third baseman, has been a key piece to a Huntley program that went 27-8 in spring of 2013 and won their conference. The Red Raiders also made the summer league state finals in 2013.
Paprota is a senior outfielder at Plainfield Central and a National Honor Society member who has earned two letters in baseball. Robinson, a senior at Tuscola High School, primarily plays first base and can also play catcher. He is a two-year letter winner in baseball and letter winner in golf who was named most improved player.