Men's Golf Signs Six to National Letters-of-Intent
Nov. 19, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golf coach Rick LaRose announced Wednesday that six student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play golf. The group will report to the school in the fall of 2004.
Trey Denton, Travis Esway, Jake Hermes, David McDaniel, Tyler Neal and Justin Silverstein each inked letters-of-intent during the November early signing period. Each players has amassed an impressive playing resume.
'This is a very solid recruiting class, one that could turn out to be one of the top 10 in the country,' said LaRose. These guys are good. They have the potential to step in and help us immediately. I believe this recruiting class will turn out to be something special.'
Denton, a native of Canton, Miss., earned Mississippi Junior Player of the Year honors in 2003. He has one top-five finish to his credit in junior golf events and qualified for match play at the 2003 United States Junior Amateur. He attends Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison County, Miss.
'Trey always felt like Arizona was where he wanted to be,' said LaRose. 'We're very fortunate to get a player like him. Trey is a great kid, an excellent student who is extremely dedicated to his game.'
Esway, a top junior golfer from Granite Bay, Calif., has four top-10 and five top-20 finishes in his American Junior Golf Association career. He finished fourth at the NGCA/CIF 2003 High School Championships for Granite Bay High School.
'Travis is one of the top players in the state and might be the best player in Northern California,' said LaRose. 'He is a hard worker who is very focused on what he wants to accomplish. Travis should be able to step in and play right away.'
Hermes, a native of Durango, Colo., was the 2000 Colorado 5A state champion and the 2003 state runner-up at Durango High School. An AJGA Polo All-American, Hermes has one win, four top-10 and five top-20 finishes on the junior golf circuit.
'Jake is an athlete in the Ricky Barnes mold,' said LaRose. 'He's an AJGA All-American who will get a lot better. Jake is going to be a good one.'
McDaniel, a Tucson, Ariz., product, currently preps at Canyon del Oro High School. One of the top players in the state, McDaniel has one victory and four top-10 finishes to his credit. He is the grandson of M. Paul Capp, the former University of Arizona Faculty Athletics Representative (1992-99).
'I think that David is the best player in the state,' said LaRose. 'He hasn't played golf for very long, but he has a huge upside. He is a big, smart kid who will get better because of his mindset.'
Neal, another Tucson product from Sahuaro High School, is an up-and-coming junior golfer with a wealth of ability. He earned first team all-Southern Arizona accolades from the Arizona Daily Star last season. Neal's father, Wendell, is the director of equipment operations for Arizona athletics.
'Tyler might be the best athlete of the group,' said LaRose. 'He is a competitor with a lot of heart. When he's on the course, he's out there to win. Tyler should develop into a really solid player.'
Silverman, a native of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., qualified for the 2003 Unites States Amateur championship. He has two top-10 and five top-20 finishes during his junior career. He attends Torrey Pines High School.
'Justin really blossomed this summer,' said LaRose. 'He really likes the U of A. He is the type of player who always works hard on his game and that should help him become a really good player for us.'
The Arizona men's golf team, currently ranked 18th nationally in the Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll, has completed its fall team schedule. The Wildcats open spring competition Feb. 2-3 in Tucson at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate.