In late October, Ryan Bakes committed to South Carolina. Bakes is a Class of 2023 catcher at Pro Player, having played at the 15U level for Coach Deain last summer.
Bakes is a top rated catcher nationally and is ranked the No. 6 player overall in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report. He attends Huntley High School.
South Carolina is perennially one of the best programs in the SEC and in the country. Since 2010, the Gamecocks have advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times with six regional titles and two national championships (2010 and 2011).