Six Lions Commit to Saint Leo During Early Signing Period

Six Lions Commit to Saint Leo During Early Signing Period

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Shortly after the NCAA early signing period, Saint Leo head baseball coach Sean O'Connor has announced the signing of six newcomers to join the Lions' squad for the 2014-15 year.

After losing 16 players at the end of the 2013 season and gaining 23 for the 2013-14 year, Coach O'Connor is continuing to build his program and solidifying his lineup by bringing in top recruits for the 2014-15 season.

Brenden Overton
6-1, Infield, Fr.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Clearwater Central Catholic HS

Originally from Dunedin, Fla., Overton attends Clearwater Central  Catholic High School in Clearwater, Fla. where he competes under head coach Todd Vaughan.  A two-time All-Suncoast team selection, Overton has also been selected to the All-Pinellas County First Team and Second team during his tenure as a Marauder. In addition, he was named his team's offensive MVP for his performance at the plate. Along with his high school team, Overton also competes with the GTC Storm under head coach Steve Chewcaskie.

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts: Solid 3B with power. Big bodied and athletic. Has good hands and can stay at 3B while hitting for power. Brendan brings power to our line-up in the freshman class. Brendan should have chance to be middle of line-up type hitter.


Derek Gibree
5-8, Utility, Fr.
Largo, Fla.
Clearwater Central Catholic HS 

Born in Clearwater, Fla., Gibree comes to Saint Leo by way of Clearwater Central Catholic High School, where he currently plays under head coach Todd Vaughan. A three-year letter winner and starter, Gibree received Defensive Player of the Year honors and was selected to the All-Pinellas County Second Team. As a junior, he led his team in hitting with a .425 batting average and helped the Marauder squad advance to the State Semifinals. Gibree also competes with the GTC Storm under head coach Steve Chewcaskie, a team that competed in the IBC State Championships in 2012 and 2013. He also led the Storm in steals.

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts: Exciting player that brings tools to the table with speed and hit ability. Will show some versatility and play a couple of positions. Son of former Lion great Bob Gibree. Derek is hard-nosed and plays the game the right way. We look to Derek to be a leader in the future.  


Carrington Boniske
6-2, Infield, Fr.
Davie, Fla.
Coral Springs Christian Academy 

Raised in Miami, Fla., Boniske competes at Coral Springs Christian Academy under head coach Matt Cleveland. A three-year letter winner so far, Boniske received the team's Gold Glove Award as a freshman. After his sophomore season, he earned the squad's Road Runner Award.

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts: Carrington has all the tools to be a great player down the road. He loves the game and plays like it. Has chance to fill out and be a big middle infielder who can run,  throw and hit. We are excited about having Carrington with us for next season. 


John Thomas
5-11, Outfield, Fr.
Campton, N.H.
Plymouth Regional HS

Hailing from Campton, N.H., Thomas currently attends Plymouth Regional High School where he plays baseball under head coach Tom Underwood. Though he also plays football and was named to the All-State Team three times, Thomas is a two-time All-State baseball selection for his success as an outfielder. In addition to his high school team, Thomas also competes with the New England Ruffnecks club team under head coach Kevin Casey.

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts: John comes to us from NH and brings a strong hitting approach with him. We expect John to be able to hit right away here at Saint Leo University. Will more than likely play a corner OF spot. Good athlete, football player. 


Robbie Cook
6-2, RHP, Fr.
Tampa, Fla.
Chamberlain HS

Raised in Tampa, Fla., Cook attends Chamberlain High School. He currently plays for the Score International club team where he competes under coach Sam Marsonek. In addition, he has also competed with the Tampa Bay Warriors under coaches Nick Drangle and Brian Dubose and was invited to the USA U17 National Team Development Program in Cary, North Carolina.

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts: Robbie has a good frame that will fill out. He has chance to be a top of line pitcher for us in the near future. Live arm with very good velocity. We are excited about having Robbie with us next season. 


Lane Stancil
5-11, Outfield, Fr.
Ridge Manor, Fla.
Pasco High School 

Hailing from Ridge Manor, Fla., Stancil competes at Pasco High School where he plays under head coach Pat Fortunato. Boasting a batting average above .430 for all three seasons of play, Stancil is a two-time First Team All-SAC selection, a Second Team All-SAC selection, First Team All-North Suncoast Team selection, and a Second team All-Tampa Bay Area Team selection. In addition, he has received a selection to the Second Team All-Pasco County Team and Second Team All-North Suncoast Team. As a junior, he was also a 2013 All-Tampa Bay Area Honorable Mention. Along with his high school successes, Stancil competes with the Tampa Bay Warriors under coaches Nick Drangle and Brian Dubose, where he was named a 2014 Perfect Game Top 1000 Player and made multiple Perfect Game All-Tournament Teams in 2013.

Coach O'Connor's Thoughts: 

Lane is coming from down the street at Pasco HS. Very good athlete with speed and some power on the way. We are looking forward to Lane bringing his good work ethic and approach to the game. Lane is younger brother of current Lion standout Cole Stancil.