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Bisons sign six in the early signing period

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dec. 11, 2007

Five in-state student-athletes and the son of former Bison great Mel Williams, all high school standouts, have signed letters of intent to play baseball at Lipscomb University next year, head coach Jeff Forehand announced this week.

"I am extremely happy about the class that we've signed," Forehand said. "We went into the recruiting season hoping to get some depth in pitching because of who we will potentially lose this year, including one of our weekend pitchers. So a hard focus was certainly made on recruiting guys that we felt could come in here and make an immediate impact on our pitching staff and our team.

"After that, we felt like we were able to get some outstanding potion players, and in particular, three position players, that should give us a lot of depth. All the guys are very versatile enough to play several different positions. Finally, we thought that we needed some help in the middle of the order, and I think that we signed one of the premier hitters in the country."

The recruiting class assembled under Forehand and recruiting coordinator Brian Ryman, includes three pitchers, two infielders, and one outfielder.

"This is a class that will help our program for many years to come," said Ryman. "We can't wait to get them on campus and let them show what they can do.

"These young men will have a big impact on and off the field. As you look at this class, you can see that all of these guys have a great chance of showing up here and playing for us."

Lipscomb's commitments include:

Pitchers:

Davey Hackett (Brentwood, TN/ Brentwood H.S.)

Martin Grude (Franklin,TN / Franklin H.S.)

Josh Cotham (Mt. Juliet,TN / Mt. Juliet H.S)

Infielders:

Tennyson Dodd (Murfreesboro, TN/ Oakland H.S.)

M.L. Williams (Marietta, GA / The Hun School of Princeton, NJ)

Outfielder:

A.J. Dulay (Hendersonville/ Hendersonville H.S.)