For the first time in program history, Arkansas has landed the nation’s top-rated recruiting class.
The Razorbacks’ 2023 signing class is ranked No. 1 nationally by both Baseball America and Perfect Game. Previously, Arkansas’ highest-rated class was No. 2 by Perfect Game (2014) and No. 3 by Baseball America (2017 & 2020).
It is the seventh consecutive year that head coach Dave Van Horn, assisted by hitting coach/recruiting coordinator Nate Thompson and pitching coach Matt Hobbs, has brought in a top-10 class in Perfect Game’s recruiting rankings.
12 of Arkansas’ 20 signees are among Perfect Game’s top 100, an all-time high in the publication’s rankings history. Perfect Game’s recruiting class rankings began in 2011, according to its database.
“This year’s signing class is a testament to how hard our staff works on the recruiting trail,” Van Horn said. “Coach Thompson and Coach Hobbs spend a lot of days and nights on the road to find guys that fit our program. We want guys that want to get better, want to develop, and want to work extremely hard alongside highly motivated coaches and teammates. The future is bright for this group, and we’re excited to get them here.”
The Hogs’ 20-man recruiting class features 10 pitchers, eight position players and a pair of two-way players, all coming from the high school ranks. The signees hail from two countries – United States (19) and South Korea (1) – and represent 11 different states – Alabama (1), Arkansas (2), California (3), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Missouri (3), North Carolina (1), Oklahoma (2), Texas (2) and Wisconsin (2).
“Congratulations to all the members of our historic No. 1 ranked 2023 signing class,” Thompson said. “Excited doesn’t begin to describe how we, as a staff, feel about these young men choosing to make Arkansas their home. This is an extremely talented, competitive, and versatile group of position players and pitchers. They’ve performed at a very high level on the national stage and are hungry to make an immediate impact upon arrival in Fayetteville. We can’t wait to see them in Razorback uniforms competing under the bright lights of Baum-Walker Stadium!”
|Name||Position||Height||Weight||B/T||Hometown / High School|
|Jaewoo Cho||RHP||6-3||195||R/R||Seoul, South Korea / IMG Academy|
|Jonah Conradt||RHP||6-3||175||R/R||Greenville, Wisc. / P27 Academy|
|Colin Fisher||LHP||6-3||195||L/L||Noble, Okla. / Noble HS|
|Nate Franco||C/UTL||6-0||170||S/R||Westlake Village, Calif. / Westlake HS|
|Gabe Gaeckle||RHP||5-11||185||R/R||Aptos, Calif. / Aptos HS|
|Kendall George||OF||5-11||165||L/L||Humble, Texas / Atascocita HS|
|Adam Hachman||LHP||6-5||210||L/L||Wentzville, Mo. / Timberland HS|
|Ryder Helfrick||C||6-1||200||R/R||Discovery Bay, Calif. / Clayton Valley Charter HS|
|Tucker Holland||LHP||6-5||240||R/L||Burlington, N.C. / The Burlington School|
|Barret Kent||RHP||6-4||200||R/R||Pottsboro, Texas / Pottsboro HS|
|Walker Martin||INF||6-2||185||L/R||Eaton, Colo. / Eaton HS|
|Tate McGuire||RHP||6-3||205||R/R||Kansas City, Mo. / Liberty North HS|
|Aidan Miller||INF||6-2||215||R/R||Trinity, Fla. / J.W. Mitchell HS|
|Dylan Questad||RHP||6-0||200||R/R||Waterford, Wisc. / Waterford Union HS|
|Diego Ramos||RHP/INF||6-3||185||S/R||Vian, Okla. / Vian HS|
|Jack Smith||LHP||6-3||215||L/L||Moulton, Ala. / Hartselle HS|
|Kade Smith||INF/RHP||6-0||200||R/R||Searcy, Ark. / Harding Academy|
|Nolan Souza||INF||6-3||210||L/R||Honolulu, Hawaii / Punahou HS|
|Ty Waid||C/INF||6-1||210||R/R||Texarkana, Ark. / Arkansas HS|
|Nazzan Zanetello||INF||6-2||180||R/R||Florissant, Mo. / Christian Brothers College HS|