RHP caleb putnam accepts scholarship to DIVISION I JUCO hill college (TX)
becomes second lpg class of 2019 prospect to commit
October 2018 has been a month to remember for the Luce Prospect Group. The first month of the final quarter of 2018 saw yet another commitment from the Class of 2019 with RHP Caleb Putnam accepting a scholarship to attend Hill College in Texas. "We're very excited to see Caleb pitch at the Division I JUCO level," said LPG CEO Jake Luce. "He will be an asset the minute he steps on campus because he embodies what we look for in all our Prospects at LPG. His character and work ethic both in the classroom and on the field are two of his many strengths, along with the quality of his family and the way he treats others." Putnam is the second Class of 2019 Prospect to accept a scholarship. He joins SS Cade Medellin (Newman University), who accepted a scholarship just a few weeks prior. For more on LPG, view the links below.
medellin commits to newman university
becomes first lpg class of 2019 prospect to commit
The month of August 2018 was one of significant progress for the Luce Prospect Group. Recently, Class of 2019 SS Cade Medellin (Celina High School--TX) has committed to Newman University. "Cade has earned this opportunity to play on scholarship at the next level," said Luce Prospect Group CEO Jake Luce. "He's a natural leader, and has the skillset to help a program win at the college level." When asked what advice he would give to younger Prospects, Medellin said: “If what you did yesterday was great then you haven’t done anything today.” For more on LPG, view the links below.
four years and counting!
luce prospect group completes fourth year of 100% success rate, adds top prospects to 2019/2020 class
The month of June 2018 was one to remember for the Luce Prospect Group. LPG wrapped up it's 4th year in a row of 100% of Luce Prospects accepting scholarship opportunities to compete at the collegiate level. There were 9 total scholarships accepted in the LPG Class of 2018, including two Division I commits (Brian Hamilton & Chase Spinning), who both signed with Division I University of New Mexico.
Additionally, LPG added three high school Prospects in the last 6 weeks, including Ryan Ahearn (Leon HS, TX), Zach Rumley (Incarnate Word Academy, TX) and Garrett Shannon (Prosper HS, TX).
"All three of these Prospects bring different things to the table," said LPG CEO Jake Luce. "Ryan is a young catcher with all the right tools, he's a Class of 2020 kid that will help someone win at the college level. Zach and Garrett are in the Class of 2019, with Zach being an infielder that can really swing it; Garrett is a left-handed pitcher with big-time upside. Our scouts think he can get outs right now at the collegiate level. Most importantly, all three of these kids have top-notch grades, high-quality character, and are from good families. They will fit right in to our culture here at LPG."
LPG Class of 2020 Catcher
LPG Class of 2019 LHP
lhp chase spinning commits to university of new mexico
foster, putnam, and prosper high school (tx) advance to round 5 regional final AT DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
That Round 5 Feeling 🤫
Luce Prospects CF Kendall Foster and RHP Caleb Putnam of Prosper Athletics (TX) are on their way to the 5A Round 5 Regional Final vs Forney High School (TX) beginning Thursday, May 31st. All games set to be held at Dallas Baptist University.
michael shulze has committed to richland college!
Shulze is the fifth Luce Prospect in the LPG Class of 2018 to accept an offer to play college baseball.
"After speaking with Michael and his family, as well as the Richland coaching staff, there's no doubt this is a win for everyone involved." said CEO Jake Luce.
Luce prospect qb gavin hardison has Accepted a FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP offer from New Mexico Military Institute
Hamilton NAMED TO 2017 SMALL SCHOOL all-american TEAM by maxpreps
Class of 2018 Luce Prospect Brian Hamilton has been named to the 2017 Small Schools All-American Team by MaxPreps.
The 6'2, 185 lb power right-hander went a PERFECT 13-0 in 2017 while leading Albany High School to the Texas 2A State Championship.
MaxPreps announced the All-American teams this week on their website. You can read the full article HERE.
You can watch Brian's latest videos by clicking the links below!
VIDEO 1 | ON-FIELD BP
VIDEO 2 | GAME FOOTAGE
the class of 2017 is complete.
herndon and gibson commit ON SAME DAY!
brescia university and Panola college pick up pair of luce prospects TO close out LPG CLASS OF 2017.
McClain Commits to grayson!
Becomes 14th Luce Prospect to Accept Scholarship in 2017
Jared McClain, a member of the LPG Class of 2018, has accepted a full-ride scholarship to attend Grayson College beginning this fall.
McClain signed with LPG on September 12th, 2015. One year, 9 months, and seven days later, McClain has officially accepted his scholarship. The newest Grayson Viking announced his decision via Twitter, thanking LPG and his longtime summer organization, Frozen Ropes TX.
"It's another great day for another great kid," commented LPG CEO Jake Luce. "Jared has continued to progress physically and mentally as a player and person, and we could not be happier for him and his family."
This is the 14th Luce Prospect to accept a scholarship in 2017.
There are now only two remaining unsigned Prospects in the LPG Class of 2017, Brandon Gibson and Blake Herndon. "I'm excited for Blake and Brandon," continued Luce. "Both of these kids, like Jared, will help a college program win. They both come from top-notch families and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has in-store for both of them."
The Luce Prospect Group has learned from the Better Business Bureau BBB in Dallas, TX that it has earned an "A+ Rating."
"We're very happy to have learned of what the BBB thinks of LPG," said CEO Jake Luce. "We received a call yesterday afternoon informing us of the rating. Our plan is to move forward and become an 'accredited business' with the BBB."
The process for a business becoming accredited usually takes several weeks.
LUCKY number THIRTEEN!
HEBRON HIGH SCHOOL'S starting varsity 2B JAKE TIDWELL has agreed to a scholarship offer from Austin College.
PHOTO CREDIT: @JTSschoenemann
Tidwell, who signed with the Luce Prospect Group on November 21, 2016, is the 13th Prospect to sign a scholarship to move on to the college level to play baseball this year.
"There aren't many kids who can match the work ethic of Jake Tidwell," said LPG CEO Jake Luce. "Jake's character, family, and quality values are the reasons for him receiving this opportunity to play college baseball. I believe he will aide in the development of the program they're building at Austin College."
There are now only 2 UNSIGNED Prospects remaining in the LPG Class of 2017.
Tidwell expressed his gratitude via Twitter immediately following the announcement.
Michael Shulze, a two-sport athlete (baseball & football), is coming off his most productive varsity seasons to-date. In 2017, Shulze hit .362 and stole 13 bases for Leonard High School (TX). Shulze also showed power and speed at the plate, collecting 6 doubles, 4 triples, and posted an OBP of .467.
"I can't wait to get rolling," said Shulze in the days leading up to signing with LPG. "I'm extremely excited to see what I can accomplish with LPG, and I'm proud to be part of The Elite."
In addition to performing well on the diamond, Shulze showed productivity on the gridiron, as well. The junior wide receiver hauled in 29 passes for Leonard High School for 317 total yards, and averaged 10.9 yards per reception.
"There's no doubt we're excited to add Michael to an already talented Class of 2018," commented CEO Jake Luce. "I knew Michael would be a great fit after the first time I saw him play. His work ethic is off the charts, and he takes care of his business off the field and in the classroom. College coaches love multi-sport athletes. I'm interested to monitor his progress over the next several months."
When asked what sport he wants to play in college, Shulze did not hesitate. "Baseball," he said. "Baseball is my first love."
Shulze joins the LPG Family along with his mother, Cindi Kent.
Nick Lorenzoni has accepted a full-ride scholarship to attend Olney Central College in Illinois.
OCC, a Division I-JUCO program, currently holds a record of 35-7 for the 2017 Regular Season.
"I'm really excited," commented Lorenzoni. "Baseball is baseball no matter where it is in the country. I definitely couldn't have done it without LPG's help." Lorenzoni signed with LPG on February 15, 2016. Now, almost 16 months later, he will be able to continue his education and playing career on a full-ride scholarship beginning in the Fall of 2017.
"We're very excited for Nick and the Lorenzoni Family," said LPG Founder Jake Luce. "Nick called me and told me multiple times how he couldn't have done it without us. I stressed to him that he was the one that put in the hard work. I'm just glad LPG was able play a role in helping him carve out his future."
This is the 12th Luce Prospect in the Class of 2017 that has accepted a scholarship to play at the next level.
Only four Prospects in the Class of 2017 remain unsigned. All four have received interest from college programs.
NUNEZ COMMITS TO NAIA POWERHOUSE WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERISTY
EL-PASO JUCO (TX) OUTFIELDER BRYAN NUNEZ HAS SIGNED A FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP WITH WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, WILL JOIN CLASS OF 2016 OUTFIELDER REED MCDONALD
When the 6'4, 195 lb. Bryan Nunez first signed with the Luce Prospect Group in 2015, he not only needed a scholarship. He needed a passport, too.
"I remember signing Bryan out of the Dominican for $200," said LPG Founder Jake Luce. "Our normal investment is $7500 from parents. Bryan signed on with LPG for $200, and now he will have earned about $60,000 in college scholarship money."
Nunez visited Wayland Baptist earlier in the week and committed while he was on campus. "He did the little things right," said Recruiting Coordinator Todd Weldon (@TWeldon25). "In particular, we liked how Bryan communicated very well in the outfield. We look for guys that know how to do the little things right. Bryan showed us what we needed to see. Coach Bass and all of us on staff are excited to get him on-board."
This is the eleventh Class of 2017 Prospect to sign a scholarship for LPG.
Nathaniel Haynes, who signed with LPG in February 2016, has officially accepted a scholarship to continue his education and playing career at Southwestern University (TX).
The news comes on the heels of Luce Prospect Joey Leondike accepting a scholarship to William Jewell (MO) earlier this week.
"Needless to say, we've had a busy week here at LPG," commented Founder/CEO Jake Luce. "When Nathaniel called and told me, I couldn't help but smile. This kid has worked extremely hard over the past 14 months in order to put himself in a position to be successful. That phone call sealed the deal; he's earned it."
Haynes announced his commitment on Twitter earlier this week, and included the following message...
"I am super excited and blessed to announce that I have committed to play baseball for Southwestern University next year! I have to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity, and the ability to keep playing this wonderful game every day. Thank you to my parents for always being there for me and being my #1 fans my whole life. Thank you to Jake and the Luce Prospect Group. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for his help, and I am proud to be part of The Elite! Go Pirates!"
Leondike Commits! Becomes 9th Luce Prospect To Accept Scholarship in LPG Class of 2017
William Jewell College (MO) has snagged another Luce Prospect pitcher. This time, it's right-hander Joey Leondike.
Leondike, a product of The Colony High School (TX) spent the last two years at Redlands JUCO in Oklahoma. Leondike signed with LPG on June 6, 2016 and, less than a year later, will have the opportunity to further his playing career and education at the next level. While at Redlands, Leondike maintained a GPA of 3.8.
"I couldn't have done it without LPG," commented Leondike. He is the ninth Luce Prospect that has accepted a scholarship in 2017, raising the total scholarship dollars earned for this class alone to over $300,000.
"We let our results speak for us," said LPG Founder Jake Luce. "Our Prospects are the ones putting in the work. Joey's consistent work ethic on the field and in the classroom has paid off. I've worked out with him several times; he is the definition of what a Luce Prospect is. He's kept his head down, worked extremely hard, and has earned this terrific opportunity to play at the next level."
"We're definitely excited to bring Joey in," said William Jewell College Recruiting Coordinator Jason Middleton. "We think he will be a great fit."
Leondike came to LPG while on the mend from a previous injury and regularly attended the LPG Elite Training Program last summer (see interview below) in order to get to full strength. He will join fellow Luce Prospect Brandon Valentine, who accepted a scholarship to William Jewell earlier this year. "It's really great news," said Chris Valentine, Brandon's father. "It's really good that (Joey and Brandon) will both know someone going up there now."
There are now six remaining Prospects available in the Class of 2017, most of whom already have offers on the table.
"I think college coaches are starting to realize the type of talent we have at LPG from top to bottom," said Luce. "I'm looking forward to seeing where our final six Prospects end up. These next few weeks should be very exciting."
BREAKING: CLASS OF 2017 RHP PEPPER JONES COMMITS TO NAVARRO ON baseball scholarship
The last few months have been a whirlwind for Luce Prospect Pepper Jones. For now, things will calm down as the 2017 season gets underway. Jones has committed to Navarro JUCO (TX) on a baseball scholarship.
"I talked with Pep last night," said LPG Founder Jake Luce. "I told him that this is the best part about my job: receiving that phone call when one of our Prospects commits. I couldn't be more happy for him and the rest of his family. It's very exciting."
Jones' consistent fastball is what has separated him from his peers; a pitch that has touched 91 mph on several occasions. "Pep compliments his velocity by throwing a hard slider and good changeup," continued Luce. "He keeps hitters off-balance and hides the ball well. When he's on, he's very tough to beat."
Pepper also sports a 4.0 GPA at McKinney High School, and is slated to be at the top of the rotation and the starting shortstop for the Lions in 2017.
This is the SIXTH Luce Prospect to commit in the last 6 weeks, bringing the total scholarship dollar amount to over $265,000.
BREAKING: JUCO CATCHER AUSTIN METTICA HAS COMMITTED TO TAYLOR UNIVERSITY (IN)
VALENTINE COMMITS TO WILLIAM JEWEL
ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, LHP BRANDON VALENTINE (2017) BECAME THE FIRST LUCE PROSPECT TO COMMIT FOR 2017. VALENTINE COMMITTED TO DIVISION II POWERHOUSE WILLIAM AND JEWELL (MO) (@JEWELL_BASEBALL) ON A BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP AND WILL BEGIN CLASSES THIS FALL.
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO BRANDON VALENTINE, HIS PARENTS CHRIS AND ANGELA, AND THE ENTIRE LPG FAMILY. YOU CAN FOLLOW BRANDON ON TWITTER @BRANDONVALENT10.