Chase Saldate photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
It was not a case of the Mooonday’s yesterday on the recruiting front. Lots of notable names make the college choice public, just none at the level of last week’s commitments to Oklahoma State. Here are some of the prominent names that gave verbals yesterday and over the weekend.
Michigan State got a big commitment from the 48th ranked junior in the Class of 2020, Chase Saldate (Gilroy, CA). I don’t have the answer, but I am wondering when was the last time the Spartans got a verbal from such a highly ranked Junior. Most of the time the school that are getting seeing juniors commit are the ones in the top-ten in the nation, ones with a track record of competing for national championships. Obviously, Head Coach Roger Chandler and his staff are doing something right for such a highly sought-after recruit like Saldate to buy into their system and their program at this point in time. Chandler is entering his third season as the Spartans Head Coach and is already off to a good start with recruiting the Class of 2019 and a verbal from #26 Jordan Crace (Elyria, OH).
Saldate was mentioned in the high school roundup yesterday after capturing a title at the Grappler Fall Classic at 140 lbs. Last year, as a sophomore, Chase was fourth in the state of California at 126 pounds after winning the Central Coast Section. After the high school season, he took home a title at NHSCA Sophomore Nationals. Currently, Saldate is ranked ninth in the country at 138 lbs.
Another top 138 lber that committed to a DI school was eighth-ranked Mosha Schwartz (Ponderosa, CO). After spending his first three years of high school at Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania, Schwartz has moved back home to finish high school in Colorado. He will also remain in the state for college as he gave a verbal to Northern Colorado. Mosha joins an impressive recruiting class that Head Coach Troy Nickerson and crew have assembled with three top 50 recruits, all from Colorado, all pledging to stay home and wrestle for the Bears. Though he did not wrestle for Wyoming Seminary in the high school postseason, Schwartz jumped in a competed at NHSCA Junior Nationals, where he was third at 138. Later in the spring, he would go on to win FloNationals. Due to upsets at Fargo, Schwartz ended up wrestling the number current number two (Keegan O’Toole) and number three (Jadan Abas) ranked wrestlers in the nation and did not place in Junior freestyle.
Old Dominion continued to add to an already solid class after getting a verbal from Florida runner-up Shannon Hanna. This weekend at the Grappler Fall Classic, Shannon finished in fourth-place at the 135 lbs weight class. Like the two wrestlers mentioned before him, Hanna went to NHSCA Junior Nationals last spring and was a runner-up at 126 lbs. Shannon joins an ODU recruiting class that already has four commitments from Illinois natives.
Stanford has continued to add to their recruiting class. Within the last week, they have received three verbals, the latest coming from New Jersey’s 170 lb fourth-place finisher Nick Addison (Rumson, NJ). Two years ago Nick was eighth at NHSCA Sophomore Nationals. Nick joins Georgia state champ Logan Ashton (Buford, GA) and Colorado state champion Fabian Santillan (Grandview, CO) as recent commits to the Cardinal.
A second junior made a verbal commitment yesterday, and that was Peyton Hall (Oak Glen, WV), who pledged to state in-state and wrestle for Tim Flynn West Virginia squad. Already a two-time state champion Hall has also had his share of success on the national level. After his freshman year, he went out and won NHSCA Freshman Nationals. In 2017-18, he placed at FloNationals, NHSCA Sophomore’s, and the Walsh Ironman. Hall, who wrestled at 132 during the 2018 season, could project at 149 or 157 for the Mountaineers.