Oklahoma State baseball is in the midst of signing the No. 27 recruiting class in the country with talented players from across the country.
Coach Josh Holliday is impressed with how his class came together for the 2021 cycle despite COVID-19 making it difficult to visit the athletes during the final eight months of the recruiting cycle.
“This group, to go with the group that arrived this fall and the kids we’ve got our eyes on in the upcoming years, you really grow to like them and you get to know them, especially in this unique tome through notes, texts and whatever we’re allowed to do with them since we haven’t been able to be in person much in the last eight months,” Holliday told reporters in a Zoom call on Friday. “We feel real good about it and feel good about everything going on with the program.”
Second baseman Roc Riggio of Simi Valley, California, is one of the top recruits in the state, and Holliday said he’s excited to have him on board four months after first seeing him play a couple of years ago.
“Roc Riggio from California is one of the best players in the state of California and certainly one of the best players in the country,” Holliday said. “Couple of years ago, I went to the Underclass Area Code games in California and I watched the tournament. When I came back, I said the best player out there was Roc Riggio, he was the best in the tournament.
“He’s one of the few kids who could play every position on the field and play it well.”
The Cowboys also landed infielder Alex Ulloa from Cutler Bay, Florida. He is listed as the top recruit in the class with a perfect 10 score according to Perfect Game Baseball. A score of 10 means the potential to be a high draft pick or elite prospect.
“You go to the state of Florida with Alex Ulloa and Aiden Meola,” Holliday said. “Those two kids bring more presence to the field, similar talent and also great personalities. So some out of state kids that have really shined.”
The Cowboys also brought in four in-state prospects, which Holliday said he’s excited to see and the importance of keeping the kids from Oklahoma close to home.
“Really strong bunch of kids from the state of Oklahoma,” Holliday said. “Super important to us to stay strong in our state with kids we know can really play and that we have really good relationships with and want to be at Oklahoma State.”