Consider Logan Sauve something of an anomaly, even in the strange world that is college baseball recruiting.
In a system that recruits early in high school and is increasingly competitive, it is still not often that a player lands a scholarship before even swinging a bat in a varsity game.
But that’s what Suave did this summer, committing July 10 to West Virginia with a 50-percent scholarship offer before he even stepped foot in Cumberland Valley High School.
“I liked the coaching staff at West Virginia ever since I stepped on the campus,” he said, adding that he is not a “city boy.” “It reminded me of home, and it’s less than three hours from my home.”
Sauve also had interest from Virginia Tech and Clemson, but they were either not the right fit in his mind or didn’t offer scholarships to rising freshmen.
He said he decided to commit this early rather than weigh his options and take his time for a few years because recruiting was already becoming a daily chore.
“I was starting to get to that point … where I would call coaches day to day to day,” he said.
“I felt comfortable. I liked the recruiting coordinator at West Virginia a lot.”
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And he was “shocked” at the amount of the offer.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound freshman said the Mountaineers coaching staff said they don’t typically like to offer players his age (15), but felt he was advanced for his age and will continue to grow.
WVU also has sophomore Isaiah Kearns, a Mifflin County grad who gave CV fits for several years — the two won’t play together, though.
The Mountaineers are coached by Randy Mazey, a Johnstown native who led the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 (the first in 21 years) and has coached there for six years.
Sauve may consider a major in engineering or accounting, his dad said.
He is the son of Jeff Sauve, who grew up in Cumberland County, played at Clemson and was drafted into Major League Baseball by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round in 1995, spending two years in the low minors. Jeff Sauve now runs the Keystone War Eagles, the travel team his son plays on.
Sauve, who has worked with GoWags instructor Kyle Wagner, Jeff Sauve said, will give Cumberland Valley another four years of security at backstop as he will replace slugger Drew Baughman, who is now at Liberty University.
So if all goes well, the Eagles will go eight years with just three catchers used (Baughman played corner infield for part of his high school career), a rare bit of stability at a crucial position.