You can teach a lot of things, but there are others that are simply God-given.
Simply put, just call St. James infielder Jake English ‘blessed.’
As of this past weekend, the local baseball standout has yet another reason to be counting his blessings, having committed to play at the University of South Carolina.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” said St. James baseball coach Robbie Centracchio. “He started getting a lot of attention this past summer, and it just kept coming. All of it is the product of hard work, though, as you don’t go from being off the map to being on it magically.”
As a sophomore last season, English batted .243 with eight runs batted in. Over the summer, however, he received rave reviews from a number of in-state schools, in part due to his ability to speed around the bases.
“Like his brother (former South Carolina baseball player Tanner English), he has fast twitch muscles,” Centracchio said. “You can’t teach speed, though. He runs a 6.4 (in the 60-yard dash) and batted ninth last year for us, and was quite a solid bunter. Over the summer, he showed he could be a good hitter as well.”
Clemson, Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston, in addition to South Carolina, came knocking at English’s door. But it was the Gamecocks program that inevitably got the nod, the St. James standout following in his older brother Tanner’s footsteps.
“It’s big for him, and it’s big for this program,” Centracchio said. “We’re excited for him and happy he could receive this type of opportunity.”
Carolina Forest pitcher Caleb Vaught also made a choice related to his future last week, committing to Charleston Southern.