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Hurricane’s J.T. Rogoszewski will play for North Carolina.

HURRICANE, W.Va. — With Hurricane rising senior J.T. Rogoszewski committing last week to play baseball for North Carolina, it added another Division I commitment to the Redskins’ talented rising senior baseball class.

“It just seemed like the right place for me,” Rogoszewski said. “It’s an amazing campus, team and school. It’s top class in everything I can think of.”

Rogoszewski’s Hurricane teammates, shortstop Trey Dawson and catcher Tate Brock, have committed to Randy Mazey and his coaching staff at WVU. Both of them pledged to the Mountaineers last summer. Dawson had Virginia Tech high on his list before he eventually made the call to stay in-state.

“What really made me choose WVU was just playing for my home state and the coaching staff. I really wanted to play for WVU once I started talking to the coaches,” Brock said. “The way Coach Mazey has turned that program around, you couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m extremely excited to play for him.”

Brock batted .340 this past season for the Class AAA state-champion Redskins. Dawson hit .402 with 35 RBIs.

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Hurricane catcher Tate Brock will play for WVU.

“I had Ohio State, Texas A&M and a couple of other SEC schools (in the mix),” Dawson said. “With West Virginia’s program improving, the new facilities coming in, the way things are going up there and the way Coach Mazey is doing things, I just really like it.

“I just need to get up there and earn my spot. There will be other guys there that are looking to play and I’ll just have to do my best and see what happens.”

Rogoszewski, who finished the past year with an 8-1 record and 1.53 ERA on the mound, will join the pitching staff for North Carolina.

“I’m hoping to come in, throw a lot of strikes and get outs,” Rogoszewski said. “They told me if I can get outs, then I can get playing time.”

Rogoszewski visited Chapel Hill this past September where he talked with former Nitro standout Korey Dunbar who just completed his sophomore campaign with the Tar Heels.

“That’ll help a lot to have him down there,” Rogoszewski said. “He knows where I came from and what he had to go through, making the change from West Virginia to North Carolina. He knows the competition and everything I’m going through.”

Rogoszewski was also recruited by Virgina Tech, Georgia Tech, Pitt and WVU throughout the recruiting process.

“WVU gave a good offer and was in contention,” he said. “I just felt like North Carolina was a better fit for me.”

And as for the reaction from his Hurricane teammates?

“It’s a great opportunity for him,” Brock said. “Of course I wanted him to come up to Morgantown with myself and Trey – I was on him pretty heavy about it before he committed. But Carolina is a great place for him and I’m extremely excited for him and the opportunity he has.”

“It’s awesome for him—he deserves it,” Dawson said. “I’ve grown up with him my whole life and he’s a great player, a great pitcher. I’m sure he’ll fit well in that program and we talked about it the other day how we might bump into each other and I’m sure we’ll see each other down the road.”

Brock and Dawson, meanwhile, will be able to continue their careers at the next level together in Morgantown following their upcoming senior seasons.

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Hurricane shortstop Trey Dawson has committed to West Virginia.

“Trey and I are like brothers—we’re best friends and grew up together,” Brock said. “Another four years with him will be awesome. He’s my shortstop, we have the same mind and work back-and-forth great on the field together.”

For now, though, all three players will return in 2015 with a chance to end their high school careers as back-to-back state champions.

“This past year was a fun year, we played more together,” Dawson said. “Hopefully we can get one more before we all head off to college.”

“We’re obviously going to try to go back-to-back and then head off to the next level,” Brock said. “We’re going to make the best of our senior year, no pressure on us and we’re just going to go out and have some fun.”

“I’m glad we’re returning so many people. We’ll try to come back even better than last year,” Rogoszewski added. “Everything clicked at the right time for us this past year. It was a great time and a great experience.”

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Comments

  • any major dude

    Silly or not I'm with richard on this one. Only the best of luck to young Mr. Rogoszewski at UNC but you can't blame the WVU fans for wishing he had committed to WVU instead. I don't think that's a load of crap!

    Welcome Trey and Tate in 2016! You're gonna love playing for Coach Mazey, a fine coach and even better man.

    Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend
    Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again
    When the demon is at your door
    In the morning he won't be there no more
    Any major dude will tell you....

  • richard

    glad to see 2 of them were faithful to their home state. good luck to the other young man, but would have liked for him to went to WVU too.

    • really

      "faithful to their home state" what a load of crap. If the kids are talented enough to leave the state and play for other schools I say great for them. They don't owe WVU or Marshall for that matter anything post high school. what a silly comment.

    • 'Eer to Heel

      There are a lot of former WV residents in NC. UNC has a record breaking football player starting his sophomore year who came from WV.

      • Jim Kinzer

        Switzer thought himself better than WVU and the state of West Virginia..... his family as well.

        At no time did he entertain the idea of actually attending WVU. He was destined for Penn St until the scandals there, and when the Southern Miss coach, who he knew well, got the UNC job, he ran down south.

        • roger

          Jim - check your facts sir. . .unless you Ryan Switzer and his family, I suggest you're just another internet troll. Based on actual facts and substance nothing you say is supported. Folks like you give West Virginians a bad name because you spew inaccuracies about young kids. Throwing rocks at a family because a kid decides what may be best for him is very juvenile. Moreover this was an article about some VERY deserving young men from Hurricane, so why taint it with your sour grapes. None of your above statements are supported with truth. Better luck next time.

        • Lake Norman Guy

          With the NCAA back on campus at UNC it's highly likely that the death penalty is coming for UNC in both FB and BB. Switzer might be wearing the blue and gold after all.

          • roger

            . . . not so fast my friend. . .LOL