We are one day into 2020 and Mike Martin Jr. already has a commit. Since prospect camp ended this past Sunday, FSU has picked up four commitments. The ‘Noles are back to the 2022 class after picking up three 2023 commits in the last few days. When Junior was promoted, the 2022 class had just one commit, it now has 11 and is ranked the sixth best class in the nation after the commitment of Brett Barfield. FSU’s 11 commits is the third most in the 2022 recruiting cycle.
Excited to announce my commitment to Florida State University! Thanks to all my coaches, teammates, and friends who made this possible! I would also like to thank my parents for their sacrifices to let me play this game! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/QpuRxbNNrz— Brett Barfield (@BrettBarfield5) January 2, 2020
Barfield is a LHP out of Cumming, Georgia and North Forsyth high school. The Georgia-native is currently ranked the 61st best player and 4th rated LHP in the 2022 class. Barfield boasts a lanky 6-foot, 170-pound frame. The frame allows lots of room to grow and add muscle over the next three years, making him an extremely projectable pitcher with a high ceiling. The 15-year old has lots of room to develop throughout the next three years before reaching FSU.
The lefty has been up to 86 MPH on the mound with his fastball. With three years left in high school and a lanky frame to grow into, the velocity will come over time. Barfield can drop in a hard-biting curveball for strikes and is a pitch that will only get sharper as he grows. Barfield also has a changeup to top off a three-pitch mix and keep right-handed hitters off balanced.
Barfield was at prospect camp this past weekend and was impressed, “They made every camper feel welcomed and gave everyone an opportunity to show their skills.” The new coaching staff is using the prospect camps to not only scout players, but to now show off the school and recruit players hard. The coaching staff made Barfield feel at home on his visit to FSU, “The coaching staff at FSU is amazing in making you feel at home and their love for the game and school shows.” Being from GA, FSU wasn’t a dream school for Brett, but he knows how prestigious the program is, “FSU has been a top tier team for decades and even having the opportunity to talk with them is a blessing.”
FSU has a real chance to notch top 10 classes in 2021, 2022, and 2023 if they continue to recruit like this. If the staff continues to use the prospect camp as a recruiting tool, the direction of the program is on the right path. Kids who show up to the camp want to be Seminoles and FSU has a scout to pick out the right players now. The staff has about five to seven spots left in this class to fill with nearly three years of the cycle left and already a top-10 class in hand.