Nov. 14, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville baseball head coach Dan McDonnell announced the signing of catcher J.J. Ethel (Phoenix, Ariz.), outfielder Drew Fitzpatrick (Warren, Ohio) and first baseman Mike Morrison (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to National Letters-of-Intent on Friday increasing the Cards' 2009 recruiting class to nine.
The latest signees join outfielder Jarred Clarkson (Shelbyville, Ky.), shortstop Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo.), right-handed pitcher Matthew Koch (Cherokee, Iowa), right-handed pitcher Curtis McCombs (Louisville, Ky.), third-baseman Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn.) and shortstop Jason Thompson (Germantown, Tenn.), who were announced on Wednesday and Thursday. The Cards' entire 2009 recruiting class will be on campus next fall and eligible to compete in the spring of 2010.
"This is a complete recruiting class with balance across the board," McDonnell said. "Coach Lemonis and Coach Williams did an outstanding job in assembling a group that has speed, power, skill and experience. We have three guys ranked No. 1 in their state respectively, two top 100 players and two potential junior college All-Americans."
Check www.UofLSports.com for daily updates on the 2009 Louisville baseball recruiting class.
J.J. Ethel, C
Phoenix, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC/Mountain Pointe HS)
Ethel is a 6-1, 180-pound catcher in his second year at Scottsdale Community College, where he is coached by Alex Cherney. In his first season at Scottsdale, Ethel hit .346 with 13 doubles and hit .436 with runners in scoring position to earn Arizona Junior College All-Star honors. He also played for the JUCO All-Stars against Team USA in 2008. Prior to enrolling at Scottsdale, he played three seasons at Mountain Pointe HS in Arizona. As a prep senior, he earned All-State and All-Region honors after hitting .415 with five home runs, 16 doubles and scored 40 runs. His brother, Bobby, is a junior outfielder for the University of San Francisco baseball team. Current Cardinal Colby Wark
also played for Scottsdale Community College.
Drew Fitzpatrick, OF
Warren, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney HS)
Fitzpatrick is a 6-1, 180-pound outfielder with good speed for Cardinal Mooney High School, where he is coached by Al Franceschelli. He also plays for the Midwest Redbirds traveling team, which is coached by Brian Hopkins. As a junior for Cardinal Mooney, Fitzpatrick hit .471 with 11 doubles, five triples, 37 RBI and 21 stolen bases to earn All-Steel Valley honors for the third straight season. He was also 6-2 with a 2.68 ERA and 41 strikeouts as a pitcher. As a sophomore, he hit .427 with 27 RBI, 17 stolen bases and scored 29 runs, while he hit .463 with 22 RBI and 28 runs scored as a freshman. He is also an All-Conference selection in football as a defensive back and wide receiver for Cardinal Mooney HS. In the classroom, he is vice president of the Astrology Club and was nominated to the National Honor Society.
Mike Morrison, 1B
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Gulf Coast CC/ Bishop Luers HS)
Morrison is a 6-0, 205-pound first baseman for Gulf Coast Community College in Florida, where is coached by Mike Kandler. Prior to enrolling at Gulf Coast, he played four seasons at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, where he was coached by Gary Rogers, while also playing for the Indiana Bulls traveling team, where he was coached by Quinn Moore. During his first season at Gulf Coast, Morrison was the team leader in doubles (19) and triples (six), was second on the team with 48 RBI and hit .279 overall. He was also selected to play in the Florida Junior College All-Star game earlier this fall. As a prep senior at Bishop Luers, he hit .426 with five home runs, 21 RBI and an .809 slugging percentage. As a junior, Morrison led the team with a .514 average, nine home runs, 35 RBI, 14 stolen bases and 29 runs scored. He is also Bishop Luers' school record holder in average (.514) and home runs (13 as a freshman). He was a three-time All-State selection in high school and was named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American. He was also a three-time All-State honoree in football while playing fullback and inside linebacker.