The new Texas baseball coaching staff suffered their first big recruiting miss on Saturday night, when No.3 overall 2017 prospect Alex Scherff committed to Texas A&M. The Colleyville, Texas right handed pitcher with a fastball in the upper 90s would’ve joined recent commit Cole Quintanilla as just the second right handed pitcher in Texas’ eight-man 2017 class.
Scherff originally committed to Arizona State in 2014, but reopened his options after he decided he wanted to stay closer to home. He ultimately pledged to the Aggies over TCU and Texas.
“Honestly, right now TCU is the Rice of the mid-2000s and A&M is the Texas,” David Pierce told Ryan Autullo of the Austin-American Statesman on Wednesday. “Here in the last four or five years, they’re dominating the recruits and have kind of dominated the state. It’s important for us to get back in the game.”
However, though Scherff is a huge get for the Aggies, his commitment is likely only a moral victory — the 6-2, 205 pound pitcher will almost certainly forego the college game for the pros.
Still, the Longhorns have ground to make up if they want to catch up with their in-state rivals. Even without Scherff updated to their class, Texas A&M is currently ranked as the 22nd best recruiting class for 2017, while Texas sits at 48th. Scherff is the Aggies’ third commitment in the past four days.
The Longhorns will likely not add many more players to their 2017 class as the team will only be graduating four seniors next year. Currently, Texas’ eight-man class is a well-rounded group which most importantly includes only one major draft risk. Ronald Washington, Jr. is a home run launching top 100 recruit who is eager to begin his professional career, but otherwise, Texas has signed prospects who should make it to campus.