ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com)- With the loss of 10 players from the 2012 squad, UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney and his staff hit the recruiting road hard this summer to secure 10 newcomers in the 2012-13 class. Now in his fifth season with the program, Rooney announced the new enrollees on Wednesday.
"I am pleased to announce the signing of our 2012 recruiting class," Rooney said. "I would like to thank our coaching staff, along with support staff who did an outstanding job throughout the recruitment process. I am confident that this group will play a significant role in the continued growth of our program."
In the decorated cast of newcomers, freshman Bo Decker and redshirt sophomore Spencer Davis were both selected in the MLB draft out of high school. Decker heard his name called this past June in the 39th round by the New York Yankees and Davis was tabbed in the 35th round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.
Along with seven 2012 high-school graduates, three players from the junior-college ranks look to make an immediate impact. Davis and fellow junior Daniel Davis will bolster the Knights' pitching staff from the right side while Parker Webster can show off his leather in either the infield or outfield.
Daniel Davis Fr. - RHP - 6-3, 185 Brandon, Fla. (Pensacola SC)
Athletic Accomplishments -Named to the all-academic first team at Pensacola State College -Played for head coach Kyle Smith at Treasure Coast High School, serving time as a pitcher and shortstop -Played for head coach Keith Little at Pensacola State College and earned all-conference second team distinction in his second year with the team -Earned four letters in baseball and three letters in swimming at Treasure Coast
Personal -Born in Brandon, Fla. -Son of Michael and Tina Davis - Has a sister, Kayla, and brother, Paul
Spencer Davis Jr. - RHP - 6-5, 225 The Woodlands, Texas (Howard JC)
Athletic Accomplishments -Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft -A three-year letterman in baseball at The Woodlands High School, playing short stop for head coach Ron Eastman -Helped The Woodlands High School reach the playoffs each of the last two seasons during his prep career -Batted .290 as a junior (2009) and followed that with a .300 clip at the plate during his senior season -Named pre-season all-state as well as a member of the 2009 Texas Rangers Area Code Team
Personal -Born in Houston, Texas -Son of Kevin and Diane Davis -Has a brother, Clayton, who plays baseball at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Bo Decker Fr. - OF - 6-2, 180 Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge)
Athletic Accomplishments -Drafted in the 39th round by the New York Yankees in the 2012 MLB Draft -Played for head coach David Bultema at East Ridge High School and was a four-year letterwinner -Finished second all-time at East Ridge with a .352 career batting average -Selected to the Rawlings All-America Second Team -Voted to the All-Central Florida and All-Lake County Baseball Teams -Was the team MVP his senior season after hitting .385 with two home runs and nine doubles -Played summer ball with the Orlando Scorpions and placed second in the 2011 WWBA World Championship game -In 2011, attended the Perfect Game National Underclass Invitational and was named to the Bright House Networks All-Central Florida Team
Personal -Born in Orlando, Fla. -Son of Angela and Daniel Decker -Has two sisters, Whitney and Hannah, and one brother, Gary
Athletic Accomplishments -A right-handed pitcher at Providence High School under head coach Mac Mackiewitz -Also lettered on the football team in high school -Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against P.K. Yonge before finishing with a complete game two-hitter to aid Providence in the 2012 Region 1-3A final -Pitched in the 3A state semifinal contest along with teammate Tyler Martin on their way to winning the 3A title -Amassed a perfect 9-0 record in his senior season
Personal -Born in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. -Son of Chris and Lori Favre -Has two brothers, Grant and Nic, and two sisters, Scarlet and Mariah
Athletic Accomplishments -Lettered four years as a right-handed pitcher under head coach Mac Mackiewitz at Providence High School -Also was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team -In his senior season, aided Providence to a Florida 3A State Championship along with teammate Zac Favre -Went 8-1 in his final season with a 1.15 ERA and 62 strikeouts while earning first-team all-city accolades -A standout in the classroom, earned a spot on the honor roll four times, earned the scholar-athlete award and was named homecoming king
Personal -Born in Jacksonville, Fla. -Son of Jim and Laura Martin -Has one brother, Travis, and one sister, Angela -His dad, Jim, was a point guard at Jacksonville University and his brother, Travis, was played baseball at North Florida
Athletic Accomplishments -A four-year letterman as a pitcher for head coach Frank Permuy at Gaither High School in Tampa -Posted a career record of 21-9 with three saves and 149 strikeouts -A member of three district and regional quarterfinal championship teams at Gaither -Named to the St. Petersburg Times All-Hillsborough County Second Team as a sophomore after producing an unblemished 8-0 record and one save -A Tampa Bay Times Honorable Mention as a senior -Throughout his career, was awarded Rookie of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year honors -A member of the Beta Honor Society, Future Entrepreneurs, Best Buddies Club with special-needs children and served as the Key Club treasurer and athletic counsel vice president
Personal -Born in Rochester, N.Y. -Son of Andrew and Christine Milne -Has a sister, Cailin -His father, Andrew, was a football player for University of Rochester and his grandfather played college baseball for New York State College
Athletic Accomplishments -Played for head coach David Lee at Apopka High School and was a four-year letterwinner playing shortstop and pitching -A two-time captain and all-star of his team, named All-Orange County and All-Metro Utility Player of the Year -Was a Perfect Game All-American and Under Armour All-American -His senior year, batted .320 with eight doubles, two triples, a homer and 18 RBI -While on the mound, went 7-3 with a 1.09 ERA, 54 strikeouts and just seven walks in 58 innings pitched -Won four AAU and USSSA National Championships while a member of the Central Florida Express and Apopka Black Sox
Personal -Born in Apopka, Fla. -Son of Lori and Tim Petree -Has two sisters, Kaylie and Analyse -His father, Tim, played baseball at Florida Tech
Ryan Reilly Fr. - OF - 6-2, 175 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Calvary Christian)
Athletic Accomplishments -Four-time letterwinner playing center field at Calvary Christian Academy under head coach Greg Mucerino -Also lettered in football, soccer and track & field and earned first-team all-county on the pitch his junior and senior years -On the diamond, he hit nearly .400 his junior season (.396) and stole a total of 29 bases his final two years combined -Was also a member of the Palm Beach PAL 16U, South Florida Bandits and Florida Pokers squads -Stayed active in student government while making the honor roll and the president's educational award
Personal -Born in Boynton Beach, Fla. -Son of Leo and Barbara Reilly -Has two brothers, Sean and Jonathan -His father, Leo, played baseball at West Chester and his brother, Jonathan, played at Lynn and Emory
Athletic Accomplishments -Named to the all-conference second team both seasons at College of Southern Idaho while playing for head coaches Boomer and Skip Walker -A two-sport letterman at Alta High School, playing left field and second base for baseball head coach Barry Harrington and wide receiver for football head coach Les Hamilton -A two-time all-conference and all-state selection for both baseball and football his junior and senior years of high school -Named the football and baseball teams' MVP his senior year -A member of the two-time state championship football team -Made Dean's List both years at Southern Idaho and was named to the all-academic region team twice
Personal -Born in Salt Lake City, Utah -Son of John Webster and Lisa Whiteley -Majors in psychology and aspires to pursue a career as a pharmacist -Has one brother, Jeremy, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1999, and one sister, Janel
Athletic Accomplishments -Played for head coach Mike Boswell at The Bolles School in Jacksonville and was a three-year letterwinner playing first base, outfield and also pitched -Helped the baseball team win the state championship as a sophomore while hitting at a .415 clip with four home runs and 30 RBI -Hit a career-best five homers as a junior while hitting .405 -Also played linebacker for three years, helping Bolles to the 2009 and 2011 state championship titles -As a freshman, posted a .429 batting average at Eagles View High School, who advanced to the State Final Four
Personal -Born in Jacksonville, Fla. -Son of Tracy and Susan Wildes -Has two sisters, Haley and Taylor -His father, Tracy, played baseball for Georgia