Without being able to get out and scout, the ‘Noles have been a bit quiet on the recruiting trail the last couple weeks. Now, the staff is back to starting off their 2024 class in a big way. After picking up their first ‘24 commit, Talan Bell, five weeks ago, Mike Martin Jr. and Mike Metcalf have added Kale Fountain to the class.
Fountain is a 14-year old out of Lincoln, Nebraska. The 8th-grader already stands 6’3 with lots of room to grow, weighing 180 pounds. The Nebraska-native is a corner infielder who can also man the bump. The right-handed hitter is already rated the top player in all of Nebraska and the 7th-rated 3B in the entire class.
Despite being just 14, Fountain is already an imposing figure in the batter’s box. He’s short to the ball and creates power with quick bat speed. He’s already consistently hitting balls 300+ feet and 90+ MPH. With so much room to fill out, it’s no wonder that the ‘Noles jumped on this one early.
With the 2020 and 2021 classes basically completed, the focus will now be on the long term future of FSU. The ‘22 and ‘23 classes are already loaded, and the ‘24 class has two of the best prospects in the country to build on.
I had the chance to ask the newest commit some questions this afternoon.
Q: Being from Nebraska, how did you come in contact with the FSU staff?
“It was a long process of sending letters first to colleges and going to camps. I had a lot of help from the Nebraska Prospects and Coach DeLaet who helped get me in touch with Florida State. My dream was always to go to a big division-1 school and come back to my home state and play in the CWS! After around 4 months of talking week by week with Mike Metcalf at Florida State, we built a great relationship. We did a virtual tour online and I later got offered and took the offer and committed! A lot of videos of me playing ball and other people’s opinion about my abilities helped me the most!”
Q: What was it about FSU that made you so confident to commit so early in the process of your recruitment?
“Florida state is obviously a top program in division 1 baseball and for my family it was a no-brainer. We were very comfortable with the decision we made because when I get to college we know that Florida State will develop me to be the best player I can be!”
Q: It’s a while away, but what’s the #1 thing you’ll bring to Florida State when you reach campus?
“The biggest thing I want to bring is work ethic and dedication to getting better each day. I also want to thrive as being a student-athlete, that’s the goal, to be the best student-athlete I can be!”
Q: You hit on this a little bit before, but coming from Nebraska, home of the CWS, how special would it be for you to make it to the CWS?
“It would mean the world to me, especially for my family and friends who have all supported me. It shows that everyone’s support and hard work has payed off and I want to thank them by playing for them in the CWS with Florida State!”