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Trapasso signs 8 high school seniors for 2014

By Billy Hull

LAST UPDATED: 01:58 p.m. HST, Nov 21, 2012

Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso has received letters of intent from eight recruits for the 2014 season during the early signing period over the last week.

Left-handed pitchers Michael Echavia of Amador Valley (Calif.) High School and Blake Taylor from Dana Hills (Calif.) H.S. join Trapasso's quintet of local prospects — Waiakea's Kean Wong, Mid-Pacific's Marcus Doi, Saint Louis catcher Iolana Akau, Kailua pitcher Bryce Ah Sam and Hilo's Chayce Kaaua — and Marina (Calif.) High School first baseman Jake Bauers, who committed before his junior year, to make up arguably Trapasso's best recruiting class yet.

Baseball America singled Hawaii out on Wednesday as one of its seven teams it praised for one of the top early classes.

UH has never had a recruiting class ranked by Baseball America in its 13-year history of doing them.

Doi (ranked No. 49) and Akau (No. 97) were ranked in Baseball America's top 100 high school prospects rankings while Wong, Taylor and Bauers were listed in the top 150.

All eight prospects are seniors in high school.

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lowtone123 wrote:
Still remains how many will honor their committment or sign a contract after they are drafted. Right now this means very little. If they all make it to Manoa then it will be a great recruiting class for Coach Trap.
on November 21,2012 | 01:14PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Coach Trap seems to quietly go about his business running the baseball program and generlly putting a good product on the field. We will see how many go pro, but signing them is a good start.
on November 21,2012 | 01:47PM
usahwn wrote:
Big West conference with top baseball teams make for getting top calif.recruits.
on November 21,2012 | 04:19PM