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Seven of Dave Serrano's new Tennessee baseball signees are in-state products, including Farragut teammates Kyle Serrano and Cameron Strickland.
Teammates were a theme in the 10-man class.
From Walters State Community College come pitchers Will Carter of Johnson City and Josh Peterson of Elizabethton.
Memphis University School contributes slugging outfielder Andrew Plunkett and infielder Jordan Rodgers.
Pitcher Bret Marks played at Wallace State Community College last spring, but previously teamed with third-baseman Nathaniel Maggio at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in suburban Atlanta.
The other pair are pitchers Hunter Martin of Murfreesboro Blackman and Ralph Ramirez from Serrano's hometown of Torrance, Calif. Ramirez also has junior college experience at El Camino College.
"Our entire coaching staff, led by recruiting coordinator Bill Mosiello, did a wonderful job of recognizing and finding players that fit our needs as we continue to develop this program," Serrano said. "This class is filled with power bats, great athletes and some much-needed power arms. If we can get all of these guys on campus, those power arms will add nicely to the returners from this year's squad and give us the makings of a good, deep and quality pitching staff.
"The additional offensive firepower, speed and pure athleticism the rest of the players in this class provide will give us a very well-rounded team with great depth. We are extremely excited about this group of young men and feel that they will play a big role in helping us keep this program moving in a positive direction."