NEWARK, Del. – University of Delaware baseball head coach Jim Sherman
has announced the signing of six high school standouts, including two
in-state products, who will join the Blue Hen program and compete for UD
High School standouts Jeremy Ake, Aaron Briggs, John Geffre Kevin
Milley, Diaz Nardo, and Doug Trimble have each signed NCAA National
Letters of Intent and will join the Blue and Gold next fall.
Ake, a native of Flemington, N.J. (Hunterdon Central High School),
finished his junior campaign with a .400 batting average with seven
doubles, three triples, five home runs and 29 RBI. During his third
season at Hunterdon, Ake was named first team All-State, all-area,
all-county and all-conference while being named Hunterdon Central Player
of the Year. The infielder/outfielder was also named New Jersey Player
and Athlete of the Week in addition to earning ESPN North East Regional
Player of the Week accolades.
"Jeremy comes from a great baseball background and we are very excited
to have him," Sherman said. "He is extremely athletic and has a lot of
power at the plate. We expect him to fit right in with our offensive
philosophy and have a great career here."
Briggs, a native of Camden, Del. (Caesar Rodney HS), is a three-sport
star playing football and basketball in addition to baseball for the
Riders. The infielder/outfielder is a three-time, all-conference
selection in addition to garnering All-State honorable mention status in
2012 when he hit .300 with 11 stolen bases and 22 runs scored. A member
of the National Honor Society, Briggs was a Delaware Scholar-Athlete
Award winner and played summer baseball for the Delaware Warriors and
head coach Rob Niggebrugge.
"When you think of an athlete, you think of Aaron Briggs," Sherman
remarked. "Aaron has shown that he can handle multiple positions and
play them at a very high level. It is going to be very exciting to watch
him play and we expect him to continue that level of success here with us."
Geffre, a native of Newtown Square, Pa. (Penncrest HS), is a three-year
starter for head coach Steve Silva. During his junior season, he posted
a 4-1 record with a 1.70 earned run average and 29 strikeouts and was a
Central League honorable mention and WWBA All-Tournament Team selection.
Geffee participated in the Carpenter Cup for Delaware County in addition
to playing summer and fall baseball at the All-Star Baseball Academy
under coach Mike Manning.
"John is your prototypical big bodied power arm," said Sherman. "John
has a fastball that he can run up into the low 90's and very good
secondary stuff to go along with it. We feel that he has a very bright
future here at Delaware and think he can contribute to the team's
success sooner rather than later."
Milley, a native of Mount Laurel, N.J. (Lenape HS), tallied a 5-2 record
with 56 strikeouts and a .195 opponents batting average in 10 starts en
route to second team all-county and all-conference laurels last spring.
A Carpenter Cup champion, Milley also played fall baseball at the
All-Star Baseball Academy under Manning.
"One of the biggest things we like about Kevin is his competitiveness on
the mound," said Sherman. "You are not going to find another player more
competitive than he is and Kevin has tremendous stuff to go along with
the moxie. We are very excited to see how his career progresses."
Nardo, a native of Harbeson, Del. (Cape Henlopen HS) and four-year
varsity player was a first team All-Henlopen Conference and second team
All-State selection, earned team Most Valuable Player honors, and was a
state ESPN High School Gatorade Player of the Year candidate after he
hit .458 with six doubles, two triples and three home runs.
During his sophomore season in 2011, the shortstop collected a .404
batting average in addition to seven doubles, two triples and six home
runs. He is a three-time Carpenter Cup participant and played for the
Tri-State Arsenal National Team out of Voorhees, N.J. during the summer.
"Delaware has always been known as a power-hitting, offensive-minded
program," stated Sherman. "Diaz will be the next in line to follow that
tradition. He is a big-bodied, very physical player who can drive the
ball to all fields. We think he has the potential to be extremely
successful here at Delaware."
Trimble, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pa., is a three-time Shouvlin/Crockett
Scholar-Athlete and three-sport athlete (soccer, squash and baseball) at
The Episcopal Academy. A first team All-Inter AC League and All-Main
Line selection as team captain in baseball, he finished his junior
season with a .351 bating average and .543 slugging percentage while
leading the team in hits, average, doubles, home runs, and RBI.
He a was an All-Delaware County honorable mention and Carpenter Cup
All-Independent selection along with being a two-time Eddie Collins Bat
Award winner for having the most hits on the team and the Class of 1914
Gold Baseball Award winner for having the team's highest batting
average. Trimble also played his summer baseball for the All-Star
"Doug is another player who we consider to be extremely athletic," said
Sherman. "We have kept close tabs on Doug for quite a while now and he
has only gotten better and better every time we see him. The sky is the
limit for Doug and we think he has a great chance to reach it."
The Blue Hens will open their 2013 schedule on the road, traveling to
the Cary, N.C. to play in the Wright State University Tournament for a
four-game, three-day set beginning on Friday, Feb. 15. Delaware's home
slate starts on Friday, March 1 as the Hens welcome Monmouth for a
three-game tilt at Bob Hannah Stadium.