SEATTLE – (Nov. 10) Head Coach Donny Harrel announced the signing of eight players who will join the Seattle University baseball program next fall. The collective group, which includes four pitchers, a pair of catchers, a shortstop and a centerfielder, is perhaps the best recruiting class the Redhawks have compiled during the nine years since the rebirth of the program.

Check out the scouting report on each of the eight by both Head Coach Donny Harrel and Associate Head Coach Elliott Cribby:

Matt Boissoneault - Catcher, 6-4, 195 lbs, Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island HS)
“Matt gives us a very diverse player within the system due to his athleticism. He can play first, third and help us behind the plate. His long frame will generate great leverage throughout the swing process and as he gets stronger, he has a chance to be a true long ball hitter within our system.” Coach Harrel

"Matt is a vital piece for us in this class as he has the tools to catch the type of arms that we have. If you look at Matt, you can quickly understand why we liked him so much a couple years ago. His 6-foot-4 frame will be fun to build and work with. Matt possesses the comfort and trust that every pitcher is looking for when he is behind the plate. He is a professional in how he carries himself on and off the field. Knowing Coach Woody at Mercer Island High School, Matt will be ready to come in and make an immediate impact on our roster." Coach Cribby

Damon Casetta-Stubbs - RHP, 6-4, 200 lbs, Vancouver, Wash. (Kings Way Christian)
“Damon can have an immediate impact on our club and be a weekend starter based on the skill set he already possesses. His maturity is outstanding and has Friday night stuff in his arm and within his brain. He can truly be a difference maker in the program.” Coach Harrel

"We are very excited for Damon's future. His ability to throw three pitches for strikes and the uncanny understanding of how to pitch is what makes him stand out among the crowd. Damon really showed well at the Area Code Games this summer. He has always been the guy who wants the baseball in the biggest moments. He is without question a guy that pitches on Friday nights. Damon could be a very high draft pick in the years to come and I personally could not be more excited to work with him as he is a true leader on and off the field." Coach Cribby

Ethan Christianson - LHP, 6-3, 175 lbs, Meridian, Idaho (The Ambrose School)
“Ethan can be the next 'big time' lefty to come through the system. He has a tremendous body that has room to grow and a looseness in his arm that will allow for dynamic stuff to come out of his release point. The ceiling for him is truly limitless.” Coach Harrel

"We see Ethan being the next big left-hander to come out of Seattle U into Major League Baseball. He is well on his way already. He was the Idaho Gatorade State Player of the Year and he could make the case for that on the basketball court as well. He is an incredible athlete who is very regimented. Ethan also showed extremely well for the Northwest at the Area Code Games this summer and turned a lot of heads. He is a true gem out of the state of Idaho. I am very excited for Ethan's career as Redhawk!" Coach Cribby

Travis Hagan - Catcher, 6-0, 205 lbs, Lynnwood, Wash. (Meadowdale HS)
"Hagan can really shut down the running game behind the plate with his arm strength. He is truly untapped on potental and his work ethic will allow him to become a real force in our conference." Coach Harrel

"Travis gives us great depth behind the plate. He is a physically-skilled battery mate that has already developed tremendous relationships with our incoming pitchers. I am excited for his growth in our system." Coach Cribby

Jason Harayda - SS, 5-11, 165 lbs, Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge HS)
“Another true shortstop to add to our roster, Jason can be a tremendous defender for us and cause a lot of problems with opposing defenses due to his ability to handle the bat. He is a truly a skill player and will develop tremendously within the system.” Coach Harrel

"We dipped back into Arizona for Jason and we feel as if we found another diamond in the desert. Jason is smooth on defense and provides the left-handed stick we were looking for. He will be anchoring the shortstop position on a big stage this spring as Mountain Ridge High School always competes for state championships. Jason loves to play defense and it's an invaluable trait to have. Combined with his instinctual ability to hit and steal bags makes him an interesting prospect to follow the next few years." Coach Cribby

Gavin Rork - OF, 5-11, 155 lbs, Marysville, Wash. (Arlington HS)
“This kid becomes a huge part of our 'run-prevention defense.' He will go gap-to-gap in the outfield as good as anyone we will play against. Our pitching staff will love this guy. At the plate, Gavin will be a table setter for sure and become a stolen-base threat right away within our running game. No doubt – this kid will be fun to watch!” Coach Harrel

"Gavin can flat out run. Without question he is the fastest kid out of the box to first base in the state of Washington. I have not seen 3.8 seconds on my stopwatch before. This was something we were looking for and he was in our backyard all along. Gavin is a true center fielder that plays extremely aggressive. His wrestling mentality will allow him to take on the rigors of Division I baseball. Gavin and his family are a big pickup for Seattle U Baseball!" Coach Cribby

Will Smith - RHP 6-7, 210 lbs, Shoreline, Wash. (Edmonds Community College)
“Will is an important sign because he will come in with college experience and help replace those older guys we have in the system who we are expecting to lose in the Major League Baseball Draft. Our guys really enjoyed him when he was on his visit, so he should mesh right in right away and have an impact.” Coach Harrel

"Will finalized our recruiting class this year and we know he is going to plug right in for us next year. We followed him a lot this fall and he was the same guy every time out. He's 6-foot-7 and throws from a very difficult slot that complements his fastball/slider combo. Will makes this recruiting class one of the best that we have brought in over the last five years and he will be a leader by example after having one year of college baseball under his belt.” Coach Cribby

Josh Thompson - RHP, 6-2, 165 lbs, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch HS)
“Coach Cribby put a lot of work into getting Josh. Through video, I can see the fluidness in his motion and the ability for him to really progress on the mound. I really enjoy his demeanor and his make-up shows he will be a tremendous workhorse in the system.” Coach Harrel

"Josh has an incredible amount of upside on the mound. His long, lanky frame is only going to get stronger while he is here. I personally think Josh will have Major League Baseball knocking on his door very soon. You just don't see very many 87-89 type guys with the amount of power sink he can create. The one thing that really caught my attention when recruiting Josh was that he is not scared to spin a breaking ball in any count. Josh will be a great fit here as a Redhawk and we are ecstatic for him!" Coach Cribby

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