The good news continued for the future of David Pierce's Longhorn program Monday, as 2018 right-handed pitcher Justin Quinn announced his commitment to Texas. Quinn was the second right-handed pitcher to pledge to the Longhorns today, as 2017 prospect Cole Quintanilla committed earlier in the day. All three of Pierce's Texas pledges have come within the past four days.
Quinn has nice size already, as he is 6-1, 180 pounds at only sixteen years old. In addition to pitching, he also plays third base and shortstop, but the mound is where his rare talent lies. Like Texas' earlier commitment Quintanilla, Quinn has a fastball pushing 90 miles per hour. He also has a deadly curveball, as Perfect Game's Brian Sakowski wrote July 14th that it "is sharp and a weapon pitch, with sharp downward break and great spin, missing bats with ease on the pitch."
Quinn is currently a member of the elite Texas-based AAU team the Houston Banditos. Many Longhorn commits have played for the organization over the years, including third baseman Kody Clemens, and former Texas pledge Conner Capel. Quinn was also named to the Under Armour Underclassmen All-American honorable mention team.
The Calallen High School rising junior is Texas' third commitment for 2018. He joins shortstop Jordan Groshans and LHP Thomas Burbank, a top 100 recruit. Like the 2017 class, Pierce has serious ground to make up, especially because many elite programs already have full 2018 classes (such as Vanderbilt with 20 commits). As it stands, Texas has the 34th ranked class in 2018.