Smith commits to S. Carolina baseballPublished 4:10pm Thursday, August 2, 2012
Hartselle High School baseball pitcher Jackson Smith has made a verbal commitment to play for the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2014.
The senior right-hander, who throws a 90-92 mph fastball, made the decision last week after completing a summer-long baseball camp at East Cobb, Ga., near Atlanta.
“It’s my dream school and I’m thrilled to be going there and being a part of their national championship caliber baseball program,” Smith said. “Playing summer baseball turned out to be a real blessing for me. I was around talented players, outstanding coaches and was under the watch of both college and pro scouts.”
Smith said he was recruited by the Gamecocks after his sophomore season and made a visit to the campus in October 2011. But it was his amazing success on the mound in June and July that really got the attention of recruiters.
Smith played on a Cobb team that complied a 76-5 record and captured championship honors in a Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. It also won championships in two other major tournaments.
Smith was a standout player on the mound compiling a 12-0 record while allowing only one earned run all season. He was named to two all-tournament teams.
Deacon Aldridge, another all-star Hartselle football and baseball athlete, was a member of the same Cobb team.