Winthrop welcomed six players for the 2009 season Friday when coach Joe Hudak received a sheaf of signed letters-of-intent.
The new class features another local standout, Fort Mill shortstop Garrett Koster. Koster's prep teammate, pitcher Hamilton Bennett, is with the Eagles this year and Winthrop decided to double up on Yellow Jackets.
Koster was named to the All-Region 3-AAAA team each of his three previous years and is the top-ranked shortstop in the state this year, according to Diamond Prospects. He hit .385 and led Fort Mill in homers last year.
"He is an outstanding athlete who could play just about any position on the field," Hudak said in a statement. "He runs well, has good hands and a great arm."
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The other five are from the Northeast, Ohio and Virginia. Zak Blair, a middle infielder from Jefferson, Ohio; Chas Crane, a catcher/third baseman from Bridgewater, N.J.; Pat Fortunato, a first baseman/second baseman from Stratford, Conn.; Kenny Monteith, a right-handed pitcher from Denville, N.J.; and Mikey O'Brien, a right-handed pitcher from Roanoke, Va., also signed.
Hudak was able to officially discuss his recruits, but said his job wasn't done yet. Winthrop can still add some players before the NCAA's new transfer rules take place in January, meaning the Eagles could have even more new faces for 2008.
The 2009 class could also be labeled incomplete, as Hudak and his staff continue to scour the country for talent.
"While we are very happy with our class, our job is not finished," Hudak said in a statement. "We hope to sign two or three more pitchers in the spring."