Bishop England senior Will Bastian is the local representative of The Citadel's 12-man signing class that hails almost exclusively from South Carolina.
Ten of the future Bulldogs played high school baseball in the Palmetto State in the Bulldogs' 2018 signing class, announced Tuesday. Eight pitchers, including three left-handers, are part of the first signing class under head coach Tony Skole, who took over the program at his alma mater in June.
"This group of future Bulldogs is an extremely talented group, but most importantly these young men fit into the culture of our program and university," Skole said. "In this class, we believe we found a great blend of players with upside and future growth potential along with a bunch of winners and high level performers. This was an important class, and I could not be more excited about the skill, talent, and toughness that these young men possess."
Bastian starred at catcher for the state champion Bishops last spring but has seen time at pitcher and in the infield. He hit .242 with 15 RBIs, 16 runs scored and hit six doubles as a junior last season. He finished with a fielding percentage of .976 and caught eight runners stealing. He also showed potential in limited action on the mound, striking out 16 batters and allowing nine hits in 12 and 1-3 innings pitched.
"Will personifies what we look for in the makeup of a Citadel baseball cadet-athlete," Skole said. "He is hard-nosed, a fierce competitor, and is a young man that is passionate about doing whatever he can to help the team win. Will is ranked as a top 50 player in South Carolina via Perfect Game playing his summer baseball with the ECBA organization. He is a stand out multi-sport athlete starting on the football team as a wide receiver and safety, won the 2017 AAA state championship in baseball, and has great versatility having the ability to play multiple positions."
Right-handed pitcher/infielder Cameron Reeves (Rock Hill, S.C.), RHP Corbitt Cimadevilla (Newnan, Ga.), RHP/first baseman Jordan Flanders (North Augusta, S.C.), infielder Tyler Corbitt (West Columbia, S.C.), first baseman/LHP Ches Goodman (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), outfielder/LHP Wesley Lane (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), catcher David "Tater" Goodson (Bluffton, S.C.), infielder Joseph Mims (Gilbert, S.C.), RHP Lathan Todd (Sumter, S.C.), OF/LHP Cole Simpson (Columbia, S.C.), and RHP Nathaniel Turner (Anderson, S.C.) comprise the rest of the Bulldogs' class.
"Since we arrived in July, our staff has been very aggressive on the recruiting landscape. One of our immediate goals was to get back on the right trajectory as a program. As a program you want to be trending upward and this summer and fall we felt like we have accomplished that," Skole said. "This group of future Bulldogs is an extremely talented group, but most importantly these young men fit into the culture of our program and university. When we shared our vision and plan with them, they all believed in the excellence of our program and this wonderful institution."
Skole on The Citadel's 2018 signing class:
Cameron Reeves - RHP/INF - Rock Hill, S.C.
Plays for Coach Mitch Walters at Northwestern High School
"Cameron is a talented athlete. He is a two-way player. He runs his fastball up to the low 90's off the mound with life on the ball and can command multiple pitches for strikes as well. In the field, he has fluid actions in the infield, and can really impact the baseball with some strength as a hitter. Playing his summer baseball with the Evoshield Canes, Cameron is ranked by Perfect Game as the fourth best RHP in the State of South Carolina, and the 10th overall best player in the state. Cameron won a state championship at Northwestern, and has winning fibers in his DNA. We expect Cameron to make a positive impact in our program as soon as he steps on campus."
Corbitt Cimadevilla – RHP - Newnan, Ga.
Plays for Coach Todd Herrington at Northgate
"Corbitt is a physical and imposing threat on the mound with a 6'4, 215-lb frame, flashes a low 90's fastball with some downhill tilt, and has wipe out secondary pitches. He plays with the East Cobb Yankees, and is a Top 450 prospect via Perfect Game, while being ranked the 13th-best RHP in the state of GA. We expect Corbitt to come in and immediately compete for innings on the mound."
Tyler Corbitt – INF - West Columbia, S.C.
Plays for Coach Tim Perry at Airport
"Tyler is an exciting infielder, who has shown the ability to play infield defense at a high level, as well as offering an explosive offensive skill set with speed and an above average hit tool. He holds an Airport record for extra-base hits, already has 111 career hits, is an all-state player, and is ranked as the No. 2 second baseman in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects. Tyler is a standout in the classroom as well with all-academic honors and a 4.95 GPA. He will be a great addition to our program and we expect him to enhance the environment here in all facets."
Jordan Flanders - RHP/1B - North Augusta, S.C.
Plays for Coach Matt Branon at North Augusta
"Jordan is a strong, physical, and athletic two-way player. Off the mound he features an upper 80's/low 90's fastball with arm side run & sink from an angled arm slot. He also has the ability to add some real thump and power to the middle of our line up with his bat. He is ranked as the No. 1 first baseman in South Carolina by Perfect Game. Jordan is also a stand out football player as well at North Augusta, who lead his team to a 10-0 record during the regular season this year."
Ches Goodman - 1B/LHP - Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Plays for Coach Johnnie Rhoden at Port St. Lucie
"Ches is a legitimate two-way player, he plays the game with a sense of urgency, has a great bounce in his step & has a positive contagious energy. Ches was a 2016 HSBN All-American, All-Palm Beach County Player, as well as being ranked as the 18th best LHP in Florida by Perfect Game, playing his summer baseball with the Evoshield Canes organization. We expect Ches to add value to our program in more ways than one, and we see him making a positive impact for us as both a pitcher and position player."
Wesley Lane - OF/LHP - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Plays for Coach Curtis Hudson at Socastee
"Wesley is a quick twitch player, his skill set is made up of advanced running speed, and an above average hit tool. He comes from a great program in Myrtle Beach, where a few of our current and past players here at The Citadel have come from, along with playing for the EvoShield Canes in the summer time. Wesley is ranked as the No. 7 outfielder in South Carolina by Perfect Game. We expect Wesley to add some electricity and versatility to the top of our line up."
David "Tater" Goodson – C - Bluffton, S.C.
Plays for Coach Keith Stewart at Mayriver
"Tater has all the intangibles we look for in a catcher, showing great poise, leadership, and command of the defense when he is behind the plate. He receives, blocks, and throws the ball above average, projecting to be a strong defender at a premier defensive position, while adding value to our line up as a switch hitter with above average power and bat speed. He is ranked as the 29th best catcher in Georgia by Perfect Game. Tater has an infectious personality, is a tireless worker, and has winning fibers in his DNA."
Joseph Mims – INF - Gilbert, S.C.
Plays for Coach Ashley Barnett at Gilbert
"Joseph's playing style is similar to his personality, he is dependable, consistent, and will always go all out, giving everything his has for the betterment of the team. He is as sure-handed of an infielder as we have, who excels in making routine plays consistently. He comes from a great program at Gilbert High School along with playing for a great travel organization the Diamond Devils in the summer time. Joseph is another one of 2018 signees who personifies what it means to be a Citadel baseball player, by his relentless hustle and blue collar work ethic."
Lathan Todd – RHP - Sumter, S.C.
Plays for Coach Joe Norris at Sumter
"Lathan is the definition of a strike thrower with the ability to really pitch. He can throw any pitch for a strike at any time, and shows the ability to command the baseball at a high level. His pitch ability makes it tough on hitters to be committed to a certain pitch, and he approaches the game with a bulldog mentality on the mound. Lathan is a dependable arm that you know what you are going to get when he toes the rubber, he will be a terrific addition to our pitching staff."
Cole Simpson - OF/LHP - Columbia, S.C.
Plays for Coach Kevin Durham at Pendelton
"Cole is a strong and physical young man, who projects to be a power hitting corner OF with an advanced hit tool, along with adding versatility and depth for us on the mound as a LHP. Like many of our other signees, Cole is highly ranked by Perfect Game as the 35th best player in South Carolina and plays his summer baseball with the TNT organization in the upstate. Cole has a slow heart beat and a calm demeanor, which will help him make a seamless transition to the level of play for us at the Division 1 level."
Nathaniel Turner – RHP - Anderson, S.C.
Plays for Coach Brian Larsen at Ben Lippen HS
"Nat is an athletic RHP with real pitch ability. He shows the ability to consistently command three pitches for strikes, change arm angles, and keep hitters off balance. His breaking ball is an above average pitch, with depth, tight spin and sharp bite. He is ranked by Perfect Game as the 19th best RHP in South Carolina and plays his summer baseball with the Evoshield Canes organization."