Wake Forest shortstop Johnny Aiello (Aaron Fitt)

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Recruiting Notebook: Part I

Our countdown of the Top 25 incoming classes in the nation is complete, but there are plenty of other strong classes around college baseball that deserve mention. Here’s a look at some other classes that stand out, relative to a normal class in their conference, in their region or at their school. We’ll run through the conferences alphabetically; today’s installment looks at newcomers from the ACC, America East, American Athletic, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big South and Big Ten conferences.

ACC

Top 25 Classes: Georgia Tech (4), Florida State (5), Louisville (8), North Carolina (12), Virginia (14)

Other Strong Classes:

Clemson

Clemson Tigers logoClemson could have had a banner class if top recruits Jackson Kowar and Cal Raleigh hadn’t changed their commitments to Florida and Florida State, respectively, after Clemson’s coaching change this summer. Even so, the Tigers wound up with a sound class highlighted by a trio of impact arms. LHP Jake Higginbotham has touched 94 with a swing-and-miss curveball in the past and could compete for a weekend job right away. Projectable 6-foot-5 two-way talent Brooks Crawford works downhill with a low-90s fastball and the makings of a plus curve, and he also flashes plus raw power potential at the plate. And RHP Ryley Gilliam has reached the mid-90s in the past with another sharp breaking ball that can be an out pitch.


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