BYU baseball: another baker's dozen sign with BYU baseball

By Ralph R. Zobell

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Nov. 25 2013 5:00 p.m. MST

A lineup of MVPs, all-state players and heat-throwing pitchers have inked 13 letters of intent with BYU baseball from the November signing period.

Three junior college players join 10 prepsters signing with the Cougars. The juco players are right-handed pitcher Brady Corless and outfielder Nick Urban from Salt Lake Community College and left-handed pitcher Austin Kamel from Oxnard College in California.

Signing from the Utah preps are pitcher Maverick Buffo from Spanish Fork High, catcher/infielder Colton Shaver from Jordan High. Signing from Arizona are outfielder Ronnie Adair and Cameron Richins — both from Mesa. Signing from Idaho are pitcher/first baseman Bo Burrup from Pocatello and pitcher/infielder Lincoln Clayton from Idaho Falls. Pitchers Jackson Bishop, Seth Huxford and A.J. Jones signed from Missouri, Indiana and Colorado, respectively. Infielder Brian Hsu is from San Ramon, Calif.

Urban played at Dixie College under BYU coach Mike Littlewood and his staff prior to a church mission to Oklahoma. Huxford is currently serving a mission to Florianopolis, Brazil, and Burrup finished high school early to begin serving a Spanish-speaking mission to Baltimore, Md.

Adair is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound outfielder, from Mesa, Ariz., whose school is Mountain View High. He batted .345 with 30 hits, nine RBIs, three doubles, one triple, one homer, went 15-18 in stolen bases and had a .406 on base percentage last season. He's an All-City player, a scholar-athlete and was named 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game. He lettered twice in baseball and has played for the Diamondbacks Elite Scout team the past two summers. Adair's father, Raith, played baseball for Yavapai CC and UTEP. He was also recruited by Stanford, TCU, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Mary’s and Ohio.

“Ronnie is a dynamic athlete that has played at a very high level," Littlewood said. "He should be an impact guy for us when he returns from his mission.”

Bishop is a right-handed pitcher and plays outfield. He's 5-10 and 170 pounds, and he attends Montgomery County High and is from Jonesburg, Mo. He's a 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game and has been First Team All-Eastern Missouri Conference, Second Team All-Area and All-District. He had an 8-1 record with a 1.48 earned run average and 82 strikeouts. Bishop was also a team captain, lettering four years in baseball and football and twice in basketball. He played for the St. Louis Gamers and was also recruited by Missouri State, Missouri, Mississippi State and Creighton.

“Jackson is a high pitchablity guy that has not even scratched the surface of his potential," Littlewood said. "We look forward to getting him back from his mission and competing for us on the mound.”

Buffo is a 6-2, 195-pound, right-handed pitcher from Salem, Utah, who attends Spanish Fork High. He had a 5-2 record last season and was honorable mention all-state for 3A. Buffo played for the Utah Bucks and was recruited by Washington State, Oregon State, Utah Valley and SLCC.

“We are grateful to keep Mav close to home, rated as the top high school pitcher in the state." Littlewood said. "He has a big arm and will come in and help us immediately.”

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