SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hunter Tidwell, an outfielder from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for San José State University's baseball program beginning with the 2016 season. San José State head coach Dave Nakama made the announcement.
"He's an athletic outfielder that has a little bit of pop and he's going to add another right-handed bat to our lineup," said Nakama. "I think he's definitely going to contribute to our program right away."
As a junior in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 177-pound Tidwell hit .391 with seven doubles, a triple and eight RBIs en route to first-team All-Southwestern League and second-team All-CIF honors.
Tidwell was also a unanimous selection for Vista Murrieta's only award, the C.L.A.S.S. (Character, Leadership, Attitude, Scholarship and Service) Award, in 2014.
His sophomore season in 2013, he hit .346 with four doubles and 17 RBIs and was a second-team all-league honoree.
"He played center field in high school, he runs well and he's just a good baseball player," Nakama said. "He comes from a great baseball program down in that area and he's a very good baseball player that's going to add a lot to our program."
The Broncos, led by head coach Matt Mosiello, compete in the Southwestern League, perennially one of the nation's top high school baseball conferences in the country. Last season, MaxPreps rated the league as the toughest in the nation.
Tidwell joins a class of four other signees -- Brendt Citta, Joe Balfour, Aaron Pleschner, and Cal Koga -- who will join the Spartans for the 2016 season.