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FSU baseball picks up 2023 commitment from Texas shortstop

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Meat and staff pick up two commitments on Sunday night

Newest FSU commit Tristan Russell (left) and 2022 commit Ryan Dennison (right)
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No this is not the same article you read late last night, Mike Martin Jr. is back at it. Meat and his staff picked up two commits in the span of just two hours Sunday night. Junior’s prospect camp is already bringing in studs at a quick rate and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more commits to come in the coming days. After getting a commitment from the #1 2023 OF in FL, the Seminoles picked up their second 2023 commit of Sunday evening from Tristan Russell.

Russell is a shortstop out of Cypress, Texas and Cypress Woods high school. The 15-year old has a projectable frame, standing 6’0 and weighing 165 pounds. With four seasons of high school baseball ahead of him, Russell will have plenty of time to grow into his frame and put on some muscle. Despite weighing just 165, the shortstop already has a good bit of pop from both sides of the plate. Russell is currently ranked the number eight shortstop in Texas by Perfect Game.

The shortstop has a simple stroke from both sides of the plate, using a short stride to create momentum and power through his swing. From the right side of the plate, I see a lot of Mike Salvatore in his swing. Not so much movement or flash, but a simple bat-to-ball approach. Russell has also thrown on the travel ball scene, topping out at 83 while sitting in the low 80’s.

Russell told me, “Coach Martin, Coach Metcalf and the entire baseball staff and support team are incredible. I look forward to doing all I can to help the team bring multiple national titles to FSU.”

FSU now has six 2023 commits and two out-of-state commits in the class. The Seminoles’ new staff made a point to get out early on the recruiting trail when they were put together, and so far they’re following through. Getting out early and making long-term relationships with players is key to getting players on campus in college baseball.