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Gifford, Kevin

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University of Alabama Baseball Team Announces 11 Early Signees
Posted by Donald J. Boyles, on November 17th, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball announced the signing of 11 student-athletes in the Nov. 12-19, 2009 early signing period, Crimson Tide head coach Jim Wells announced today. The signing class will enroll at UA in August, 2009 and first compete for the Tide during the 2010 season.

The Tide added nine high school signees and two junior college standouts. The high school list, which features four from the state of Alabama includes: Brett Booth, Danny Collins, Kevin Gifford, Tucker Hawley, Andrew Miller, Trey Pilkington, Matt Taylor, Adam Windsor and Taylor Wolfe. The two junior college transfers are Jason Townsend and Brett Whitaker.

All nine high school players are rated in the Top 500 by Perfect Game Crosschecker, which is the national rating system for prep all-stars.

“We have added a quality recruiting class, with some outstanding and talented players,” Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. “(Assistant coaches) Mitch (Gaspard) and Dax (Norris) worked really hard and did an outstanding job in signing this group. I think they are all excellent players that can help us continue the success of our program.”

Booth, Miller and Pilkington all played with each another at the 2008 East Coast Professional Showcase in Lakeland, Fla. Hawley, Gifford and Taylor all played on the same summer league, The Chain, this past summer in Georgia.

Gifford (INF/RHP, 5-9, 180) is a two-way star at Northside High School in Warner-Robbins, Ga, where he plays for Coach Kevin Kinsler. Gifford batted .536 with four home runs, 27 walks and scored 43 runs as a prep junior. He was named to the Georgia Top 100 in 2007 and 2008. He is a three-time All-Houston County selection (2006, 2007 and 2008). Gifford has tons of showcase experience, participating in the Perfect Game Crosschecker 2007 16-and-under National Championship, 2007 National Underclass Championship, 2008 18-and-under National Championship and the 2008 WWBA World Championship. He played this summer for Chain Baseball, along with current signees Hawley and Taylor.

2009-10 Alabama Baseball Signees
Name Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. Hometown (School)
Brett Booth C R-R 5-10 190 Northport, Ala. (Tuscaloosa County HS)
Danny Collins INF INF 6-2 180 Niceville, Fla. (Niceville HS)
Kevin Gifford INF/P R-R 5-9 180 Warner Robbins, Ga. (Northside HS)
Tucker Hawley RHP R-R 6-2 210 Aiken, S.C. (South Aiken HS)
Andrew Miller OF L-L 6-1 190 Citronelle, Ala. (St. Paul’s HS)
Trey Pilkington RHP R-R 6-2 205 Anniston, Ala (Oxford HS)
Matt Taylor LHP L-L 6-0 170 Midland, Ga. (Columbus, Ga.)
Jason Townsend RHP R-R 6-3 190 Albany, Ga. (Chipola JC)
Adam Windsor LHP L-L 5-9 160 Pinson, Ala. (Clay-Chalkville HS)
Brett Whitaker RHP R-R 6-1 190 Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Shelton State CC)
Taylor Wolfe LHP L-L 6-2 176 Fortson, Ga. (Columbus HS)

High School Information
School: Northside HS, GA Class Of: 2009
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Academic Records
College Choice or Signed with: U. South Carolina-Aiken / University of Alabama
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