Sign Period - Division 1 Recruiting Class Breakdown: Public Schools

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

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The NCAA made a slight change to the signing period, opening the period on November 14th and keeping it open until August.  They have done away with an early and late period, allowing athletes that commit after November 14th to go ahead and make their commitment binding if they choose.

For the players that committed prior to the November 14 date, the signing period allows athletes to make their commitment binding, by singing their NLI and Financial Aid paperwork.  Because schools can choose to wait to release their signed commitments, the information below on each school’s signing class is unofficial and subject to change.  Having said that, all of the commitments below have been reported by PBR and are on the PBR Commitment Tracker.

Below we continue our look at each Division I school in North Carolina, with the public schools.  Schools are listed alphabetically.  We look to break down the in-state commitments as well as highlighting the entire class of high school commitments.  You can look back at part I, the Division private schools HERE.

Division I Signing Classes - NC Public Schools

Appalachian State

  • Total Commits:  8
  • # of Top 100 Ranked Players in NC: 5
  • Immediate Impact Player: Cy Smith
  • Sleeper in the Class:  Peyton Idol

Coach Kermit Smith and the Mountaineer staff have put together a solid class with several late additions that could make an impact on the mountain very early.  Led by the quick arm of Cy Smith, App State has landed two in-state arms and 5 in-state position players.  Peyton Idol is a high motor middle infielder that may be an advanced defender early in his career.

Noah Hall NC Providence 2019 SS Appalachian State
Peyton Idol NC West Forsyth 2019 SS Appalachian State
Vasili Kaloudis NC Ardrey Kell 2019 SS Appalachian State
Hunter Macomber NC Christ School 2019 RHP Appalachian State
Cy Smith NC West Caldwell 2019 RHP Appalachian State
Patrick Trease NC Holly Springs 2019 3B Appalachian State
Milan Tucker FL Ft Myers 2019 SS Appalachian State
JD Yakubinis NC Providence 2019 C Appalachian State



  • Total Commits:  11
  • # of Top 100 Ranked Players in NC: 6
  • Immediate Impact Player:  Mason Gwyn
  • Sleeper in the Class:  Zach Weston

The 49ers landed two power arms in Mason Gwyn and Tyler Driver.   Each has a high ceiling and should be able to contribute early.  Zach Weston is an interesting prospect who has added strength since his commitment.  A left-handed stroke that produced a lot of barrel began to drive the baseball toward the end of the summer season.  The in-state crop of players are all ranked inside the NC Top 100 and have a median rank of No. 49… a fitting number for the 49ers.

Chase Burroughs MD Chopticon 2019 C Charlotte
Tyler Driver NC Pro5 Academy 2019 RHP Charlotte
Mason Gwyn NC North Surry 2019 RHP Charlotte
Ethan Haislip NC Cuthbertson 2019 RHP Charlotte
Christian Lothes OH Lakewood Hebron 2019 LHP Charlotte
Connor Manco SC Fort Mill 2019 3B Charlotte
David McCabe ON Everest Academy 2019 3B Charlotte
Vito Patierno NC Heritage 2019 1B Charlotte
Dominic Pilolli OH Canfield 2019 OF Charlotte
Jon Schuldt NC Hough 2019 SS Charlotte
Zach Weston NC South Mecklenburg 2019 SS Charlotte


East Carolina

The Pirates and coach Cliff Godwin have to be excited about their in-state crop of players in the 2019 class.  Cody Benton leads the way, a power armed RHP with feel for his secondary stuff.  Carson Whisenhunt is a potential dual prospect with upside as a left handed hitter and on the mound.  Of the six in-state commits, Benton is the top prospect at No. 4 and CJ Mayhue checks in at No. 32.

Zach Agnos VA Battlefield 2019 SS East Carolina
Cody Benton NC West Columbus 2019 RHP East Carolina
Skylar Brooks NC Wilkes Central 2019 RHP East Carolina
Alec Makarewicz FL Lake Brantley 2019 OF East Carolina
CJ Mayhue NC Crest 2019 LHP East Carolina
Nate Nabholz PA Blue Mountain 2019 RHP East Carolina
Kenny Schechter MA Newton North 2019 RHP East Carolina
Carson Whisenhunt NC Davie County 2019 LHP East Carolina
Justin Wilcoxen NC Millbrook 2019 C East Carolina
Bradley Wilson NC Western Harnett 2019 RHP East Carolina
AJ Wilson NC East Surry 2019 LHP East Carolina


North Carolina

  • Total Commits:  12
  • # of Top 100 Ranked Players in NC: 5
  • Immediate Impact Player:  Kyle Smith
  • Sleeper in the Class:  Isaiah Bennett

The Tarheels have continued to take a national approach to their recruiting efforts but that does not mean they are neglecting their home state.  Kyle Smith is an athletic catcher with an advanced bat.  Still raw behind the plate, his athleticism suggests he will mature quickly.  Isaiah Bennett is listed as the sleeper, but is a national name.  Bennett has been out since last spring after under-going Tommy John surgery, but all indications are Bennett will make a full recovery and be ready to roll when he shows up on campus.

Patrick Alvarez NC Myers Park 2019 SS North Carolina
Isaiah Bennett NC Pine Forest 2019 RHP North Carolina
Tyler Causey SC Nation Ford 2019 SS North Carolina
Joseph Charles FL First Academy 2019 RHP North Carolina
Caleb Cozart NC Wesleyan Christian 2019 RHP North Carolina
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