Mike Metcalf and Mike Martin Jr. are back at it on the recruiting trail just before the start of the regular season. FSU’s recruiting classes currently rank #17 in 2020, #8 in 2021, and #7 in 2022. The 2020 class is getting stronger tonight with the JUCO commitment of Casey Asman out of South Florida State College. Asman makes it four JUCO commits in the class and two incoming OF transfers. The outfielder is from Martin County, Florida and stands 6’2, 198 pounds.
The JUCO transfer has put up solid numbers through a year plus in the JUCO ranks. The left-handed hitter posted a .299 batting and .782 OPS in 53 games throughout the 2019 season. He also had 13 extra base hits and 12 stolen bases on the season. The outfielder only committed one error while posting 12 assists in his freshman season. So far this season, he’s seen an untick in power and been nearly impossible for pitchers to get out. Through 7 games this season, he’s hitting .500 and has an OPS of 1.555. He’s struck out just twice while walking seven times. He’s also produced four extra base hits in just seven games.
Despite growing up in Pennsylvania, the LHH had FSU as a target school since moving to FL, Asman told me, “Well originally I grew up in Pennsylvania and lived there for 15 years, but when I moved down to Florida, I instantly knew that FSU was the school I wanted to follow. I’ve dreamt about becoming a seminole over the past 5 years and i’m blessed to now say I’m apart of this family.” Asman is ecstatic at the opportunity to play for the historic FSU program, as he told me, “When a school like Florida State reaches out to you, it’s an opportunity too good to look away from. I’m beyond excited to get to work with such an elite and historic organization. I feel that the program is one of the best in the nation and proves it year in and year out.” The JUCO transfer has the athletic ability to play all three outfield positions as well as first base. With FSU looking to fill holes in those spots with athletic guys, Asman told me that Metcalf told him he would fit what they were looking for, “Coach Metcalf and myself spoke about my role in the field and he felt that my ability to play three positions in the OF and also play 1B would fit in well with Florida State and what they’re trying to accomplish.”
Asman will join Rook Ellington as the second JUCO-transfer in the OF for the ‘Noles next season. FSU could possibly lose Reese Albert and Elijah Cabell to the 2020 draft, so the commitments of these experienced outfielders is important to the success of FSU in 2021. The Seminoles will be bringing in a loaded class of outfielders as Florida State also has the 2020 commitments of outfielders Anthony Shaver, Trey Carter, and Colin Apgar.