The recruiting process for the class of 2014 is underway and there are no signs of it slowing down soon. Oregon football has already landed eight players, which include a 5-star running back and a 4-star cornerback among others. Now it’s time for Ducks’ baseball to step up to the recruiting plate and swing away.
Catcher/outfielder Slade Heggen is the most recent prospect to announce his future with Oregon. The 6-ft, 188-lb Heggen will have one final season with the Class AA Missoula Mavericks, which is part of American Legion Baseball, before joining the Ducks on campus in 2014. The Missoula-native has posted an amazing .448 batting average with five home runs and 65 RBIs this season. The catcher also shows great speed on the bases recording 11 triples for the Mavericks.
As a dual positional threat, Heggen was also receiving high interest from Oklahoma State, Duke, and Notre Dame before ultimately choosing Oregon. The future Duck told AJ Mazzolini of The Missoulian he expects big things during his time in Eugene, “I made the decision, called coach (Mark) Wasikowski from Oregon and told him I want to win a national championship; I want to do it as a Duck. It felt great.”
Oregon baseball finished with an overall record of 48-16 last season, which was impressive by any standards, but saw their national championship dreams fall short after a loss in the regionals to Rice University. The Ducks assistant and recruiting coach Wasikowski is only in his second season, but it is clear he’s already making a name for himself and Oregon baseball on a national level.