ATLANTA — Jake Burnette, a Buford High senior, was among 10 high school players who signed letters of intent to play baseball at Georgia Tech, coach Danny Hall announced Friday.
Burnette is one of three highly touted pitchers in the recruiting class standing at 6-feet-4 or taller. The other two are Josh Heddinger of Suwanee and Cole Pitts of Moultrie. All three pitchers were named Rawlings Underlcass All-Americans in 2010.
Burnette is the brother of former Tech outfielder Chase Burnette (2008-2010), who currently plays in the Cleveland Indians organization.
“We’re very excited about our 2011 recruiting class,” Hall said. “I feel like it’s a very good class with some balance of different positions.”
Eight of the 10 student-athletes who have inked with the Yellow Jackets during the early signing period, which began Wednesday and continues until Nov. 17, are ranked as top-30 prospects in Georgia by Perfect Game Crosschecker.
Leading the way is 2010 Under Armour All-American Dwight Smith from Peachtree City. Smith, the son of former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dwight Smith, Sr., is ranked No. 2 in Georgia and No. 22 overall in the 2011 class.
Also signing with Georgia Tech were catchers Conner Lynch of Marietta and Andrew Murry of Westfield, N.J.; infielders Tyler Gibson from Stratford Academy in Macon and Charles Sheffield of Columbus High; and outfielders Michael Hodorowski from Harrison Academy in Acworth and Cameron Gibson from Salem High in Conyers.