Hawkeyes Sign 14 for 2024 Class

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Fourteen players — nine from the Hawkeye State — have signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of Iowa baseball program in the fall of 2023, it was announced Wednesday by head coach Rick Heller. The class is ranked as the 15th-best nationally by Baseball America, the highest ranking in program history.

“This is an outstanding recruiting class and a fantastic group of young men,” said Heller. “The balance between pitching and hitting is excellent. Associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Marty Sutherland continues to do a fantastic job year after year. Pitching coach Sean McGrath hit the ground running and has done a super job helping our recruiting efforts. This new group of Hawkeyes is talented and has a chance to be special. Our current roster has several potential MLB draft picks and the same can be said about this recruiting class. We feel that we are in a great place with our roster heading into the 2024 season, but we will likely need to sign a few more players this spring and summer.”

The class consists of 10 position players: Kyle Alivo (UT, Milwaukee, Wis.), Cash Campbell (3B, Lombard, Ill.), Colin Coonradt (SS, Cedar Falls, Iowa), Myles Davis (SS, Marion, Iowa), Karson Grout (UT, Wellman, Iowa), Carter Geffre (C, Ames, Iowa), Tyler Guerin (1B, Shoreview, Minn.), Miles Risley (OF, Johnston, Iowa), Kooper Schulte (SS, New London, Iowa) and Caleb Wulf (C/UT, West Liberty, Iowa).

Iowa also signed four pitchers: Joey Oakie (RHP, Ankeny, Iowa), Nick Heitman (RHP, Mt. Vernon, Iowa), Liam Roche (LHP, Overland Park, Kansas) and Jaron Bleeker (RHP, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa). Newcomers Alivo, Guerin and Geffre will also pitch for the Hawkeyes.

Eleven recruits are top 500 rated players nationally by Perfect Game and five are inside the top 500 by Prep Baseball Report.

The Hawkeyes bring in the top rated recruit in the state of Iowa (Oakie) and Minnesota (Guerin), according to Perfect Game. Alivo, Davis, Geffre and Grout are also ranked in the top-10 of their respective states by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report.

2024 Recruiting Class
Position Players
Name Ht. Wt. B/T Pos. Hometown Last School (Coach) Club Team
Kyle Alivo 6-1 170 R/R UT Milwaukee, Wis. St. Thomas More (Tim Shultz) Prospect Training Academy
Cash Campbell 6-1 215 L/R 3B Lombard, Ill. Montini Catholic (Eric Scott) Cangelosi Sparks North
Colin Coonradt 6-0 200 L/R SS Cedar Falls, Iowa Cedar Falls (Brett Williams) Iowa Select
Myles Davis 6-0 200 R/R SS Marion, Iowa Marion (Steve Fish) AB3 Academy
Carter Geffre 6-3 220 R/R C Ames, Iowa Ames (Nick Steenhagen) Spects National
Karson Grout 6-0 195 L/R UT Wellman, Iowa Mid-Prairie (Kyle Mullet) Spects National
Tyler Guerin 6-6 205 L/R 1B Shoreview, Minn. Mounds View (Nik Anderson) MN Blizzard
Miles Risley 6-0 190 R/R OF Johnston, Iowa Kirkwood CC (Todd Rima)
Kooper Schulte 6-1 200 R/R SS New London, Iowa Central Arizona CC (JoJo Howie)
Caleb Wulf 5-9 195 R/R C/UT West Liberty, Iowa Southeastern CC
Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Hometown Last School (Coach) Club Team
Joey Oakie 6-3 200 RHP Ankeny, Iowa Ankeny Centennial Canadian National Team (Greg Hamilton)
Nick Heitman 6-3 190 RHP Mt. Vernon, Ind. Mt. Vernon (Brad King) Indiana Bulls
Liam Roche 6-0 200 LHP Overland Park, Kan. Shawnee Mission South (Bryce McElroy) Mac N Seitz
Jaron Bleeker 6-3 195 RHP Sergeant Bluff, Iowa Bishop Heelan (Andy Osborne) Wow Factor 712

Kyle Alivo
6-1, 170, UT/RHP, R/R
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
St. Thomas More (Tim Shultz)

  • 2023 Team Captain
  • 2023 State Runner-Up (St. Thomas More)
  • 2023 First Team All-Conference/District
  • 2023 Second Team All-State

Heller on Alivo:
“Kyle will bring the potential to impact the program both as a pitcher and an infielder. He has always demonstrated high level pitchability on the mound as his velocity has taken off. We’re excited about his ability to defend as a middle infielder and bat-to-ball skills at the plate. Kyle led his high school team to a state runner-up finish in 2023, which speaks to his competitiveness and leadership qualities.”

Jaron Bleeker
6-3, 195, RHP
Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Bishop Heelan (Andy Osborne)

  • 5-2 record with a 0.68 ERA in 2023
  • 64 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched

Heller on Bleeker:
“Jaron brings a high-upside arm from Western Iowa to Hawkeye Nation. He has always been a guy who has shown great command with three pitches. The velocity has been up to 92 MPH with a whole lot more in his future. He is a multi-sport athlete who was the Player of the Year in his conference this past summer. We are excited to have Jaron at Iowa.”

Cash Campbell
6-1, 215, 3B, L/R
Lombard, Illinois
Montini Catholic (Eric Scott)

  • Two-Time All-Conference (Chicago Catholic League)
  • Two-Time Team Captain
  • 16U/17U Team USA (Prospect Development Pipeline)
  • 2023 Perfect Game First Team All-Central Region
  • 2022 WWBA Prospect Meadows MVP
  • Three Year Honor Roll Member
  • Grandson of semi-retired KCRG sports anchor John Campbell

Heller on Campbell:
“Cash brings a powerful left-handed bat to our program and can play both corner infield positions. He has always shown great ability to drive the baseball and we expect him to do that in a Hawkeye uniform, as well. Cash comes from a family of Hawkeyes, and we are extremely excited he chose Iowa.”

Colin Coonradt
6-0, 200, SS, L/R
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Falls (Brett Williams)

  • Nine home runs and 45 RBIs in 2023
  • Drew 40 walks and scored 50 runs in 43 games played

Heller on Coonradt:
“Colin had one of the best offensive summers of anyone in the state of Iowa. He led Cedar Falls to the State Tournament in 2023. He showed tremendous leadership and production during that run. Colin is a multi-sport athlete with great leadership skills and is a hard-nosed competitor on the field. We’re excited Colin will be a Hawkeye.”

Myles Davis
6-0, 200, SS, R/R
Marion, Iowa
Marion (Steve Fish)

  • No. 2 ranked player in Iowa by Perfect Game
  • Ranked as the No. 60 player in the nation by Perfect Game
  • Seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 26 games played in 2023
  • Led the team with a .415 batting average

Heller on Davis:
“Myles has been the starting shortstop at Marion high school since he was in eighth grade. His maturity at a young age was evident when we watched him early in his high school career. Since then, Myles has made a splash on the national scene with his high-level hitting ability and production. He helped lead his high school team to a State Championship as a sophomore. We feel Myles will step in with tremendous energy and the ability to lead early in his career. Iowa Baseball is excited to see him in Black and Gold.”

Carter Geffre
6-3, 220, C/RHP
Ames, Iowa
Ames (Nick Steenhagen)

  • 2023 First Team All-State
  • 2023 First Team Elite (4A) – Des Moines Register
  • 2022 Third Team All-State
  • Two-Time First Team All-Conference (CIML)
  • 2023 First Team All-District
  • Two-Time All-Academic Honors (CIML)
  • Three year varsity starter
  • Led team to State Runner-Up Finish in 2023

Heller on Geffre:
“Carter is a physical presence who has a chance to impact the program behind the plate as well as the mound. We’re excited about Carter’s zone skills and ability to drive the ball offensively. After fighting through the first half of the season with some injuries, Carter settled in and had a great second half on the mound. He led Ames High School to a State Runner-Up finish. Carter is a tireless worker with tons of baseball savvy. We’re very happy Carter is a Hawkeye.”

Karson Grout
6-0, 195, UT
Wellman, Iowa
Mid-Prairie (Kyle Mullet)

  • First Team All-State (2A)

Heller on Grout:
“Karson brings a physical, left-handed bat to the Hawkeye offense and the ability to defend on the infield. He has been an All-State performer at Mid-Prairie and helped lead them to a state tournament appearance in 2022. Karson plays middle infield and has the potential to be an impact for us there, as well. We love Karson’s make-up and how he has represented himself on the field. We’re excited to add Karson to the Hawkeye Family.”

Tyler Guerin
6-6, 205 1B/RHP
Shoreview, Minnesota
Mounds View (Nik Anderson)

  • Two-Time All-Area Selection
  • Two-Time All-Conference
  • 2023 All-State Member
  • No. 1 Ranked Player in Minnesota by Perfect Game
  • Brother of current 1B Blake Guerin

Heller on Guerin:
“Tyler will come to Iowa with the ability to contribute both on the mound and at the plate. Tyler is a left-handed first baseman with a frame to be a middle-of-the-order presence. On the mound, Tyler possesses a ¾ arm slot. Paired with his size, this gives him incredible deception. The fastball has been up to 94 MPH with great ability to command the zone. We couldn’t be happier to add Tyler to Hawkeye Nation.”

Nick Heitman
6-3, 190, RHP
Mt. Vernon, Indiana
Mt. Vernon (Brad King)

  • All-Conference Selection
  • 62 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings pitched
  • .223 batting average against

Heller on Heitman:
“Nick fits the mold of several of the successful arms we have had in our time at Iowa. He has demonstrated ability to fill up the strike zone with three pitches, which includes an advanced ability to spin the slider. There is a ton left in the tank, which makes it exciting to picture him in an Iowa uniform. Nick’s competitiveness and character make it really exciting that he chose Iowa.”

Joey Oakie
6-3, 200, RHP
Ankeny, Iowa
Ankeny Centennial (Mark Hey)

  • 2023 All-State Super Team
  • 2023 All-State Team Captain (4A)
  • 2022 First Team All-State (4A)
  • Two-Time First Team All-Conference (CIML)
  • Two-Time First Team All-District
  • 2023 Perfect Game All-American and All-American Game Participant
  • 2023 18U Team USA
  • Ranked as the top player in Iowa by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report
  • Ranked as the No. 10 player in the nation by Perfect Game

Heller on Oakie:
“Joey is without question one of the most decorated players from our state in the last 30 years. He brings electricity across the board with his FB/SL combo. As good as the physical traits are, we’ve always been more impressed with his work ethic and how humble he is. Through all the accolades — including Team USA this fall — Joey has stayed humble and continues to put his head down and work. It meant something to Joey and his family to stay home and Iowa Baseball is elated he will be a Hawkeye.”

Miles Risley
6-0, 190, OF
Johnston, Iowa
Kirkwood CC (Todd Rima)

  • 2022 Iowa HS Player of the Year
  • 2022 All-State Super Team
  • 2021 Second Team All-State

Heller on Risley:
“Miles has been a winner his whole life. He has been lucky to play at two outstanding programs (Johnston HS/Kirkwood CC) prior to getting to Iowa. On the field, Miles brings a highly athletic outfielder with ability to drive the baseball. He is a tremendous leader and plays with a ton of energy. We expect Miles to step in and help continue to build the culture at Iowa. We are very excited to have Miles in Iowa City.”

Liam Roche
6-0, 200, LHP
Overland Park, Kansas
Shawnee Mission South (Bryce McElroy)

  • All-Sunflower League
  • Appeared in 10 games, making nine starts
  • 67 strikeouts over 35 innings pitched
  • 3.00 ERA

Heller on Roche:
“Liam has all the stuff present to have a role early on in his Hawkeye career. He has great stuff, presence and pitchability, plus he competes. The fastball has been up to 92 MPH with a great ability to spin the slider. His character and work ethic are also what drew us to him during the recruiting process. He will add a much-needed lefty arm to the staff. We’re lucky to have Liam heading north to Iowa City.”

Kooper Schulte
6-1, 200, SS
New London, Iowa
Central Arizona CC (JoJo Howie)

  • First Team All-State Selection in 2022
  • Led New London to 2022 State Championship
  • Hit .373 with eight doubles for the Burlington Bees (Prospect League) in 2023
  • Son of Justin Schulte, head coach at Southeastern CC and former Hawkeye pitcher

Heller on Schulte:
“Kooper brings several intangibles with him to Iowa City. We’ve been around Kooper since he was a young kid so we couldn’t be happier to get a chance to coach him. He is a high-level defender who shows incredible toughness and leadership whenever he plays. Kooper was the leader of his New London team that won a state championship in 2022. He will bring those winning qualities to the Hawkeye uniform.”

Caleb Wulf
6-0, 195, C/UT
West Liberty, Iowa
Southeastern CC (Justin Schulte)

  • 2023 Second Team All-Region (ICCAC)
  • Led team to National Runner-Up Finish in 2023 (NJCAA II)
  • Fourth in the nation in hits in 2023 (NJCAA II)
  • Tied for seventh in the nation in doubles in 2023 (NJCAA II)
  • Broke school record for hits (101) in 2023
  • Son of Troy Wulf, Iowa Athletic Academic Advisor and former Hawkeye pitcher

Heller on Wulf:
“Caleb is the definition of a ball player. His work ethic and focus on being great is what stood out during the recruiting process. He will bring a left-handed bat with the ability to play all over the field. Not only will Caleb impact us on the diamond, but we expect him to be a leader the minute he steps foot on campus. We’ve watched Caleb for a long time, so we are excited to see him in Black and Gold.”