LA VERGNE – Jake Hammon caught the eye of Morehead State’s baseball coaching staff over the summer while playing in Atlanta.
The Eagles’ staff never let up on their recruitment of the La Vergne middle infielder.
Hammon, a senior, has committed to the OVC school becoming the third Rutherford County senior to verbally pledge to an OVC program to play baseball.
“(Morehead head coach Mike) McGuire talked to me a lot, and I knew he really wanted me there,” Hammon said. “I went up to take a visit, and I had a really good offer. I liked the campus a lot.
“But it’s going to be all business. When I get up there I have to get to work.”
Riverdale senior Dylan King (Belmont) and Oakland senior Justin Wilson (Austin Peay) also have committed to teams in the same conference.
Hammon said he believes he will be able to compete for playing time as a freshman because of players graduation after next season.
Commitments are non-binding for the athlete and the school Hammon cannot sign until Nov. 12.
Hammon also had an offer from Trevecca, and Austin Peay had been recruiting him.
“It’s nice to commit now and get the stress over,” said Hammon, who wants to study physical therapy. “I don’t have to worry about where I’m going to college.”
Hammon hit .406 this past season with five doubles and three triples for the Wolverines. He was on The Daily News Journal’s All Area Baseball Team as a closer after going 5-1 with four saves. He struck out 27 with five walks and had a 1.89 ERA.
Hammon said there is a chance he could throw out of the bullpen at Morehead State, but he is concentrating on playing at shortstop.
La Vergne coach Dean Darnall said Hammon will do well at Morehead.
“I think Morehead State stole a Tennessee player,” Darnall said. “I think he will be a tremendous player for them. He has a good work ethic. I expect to hear a lot of good things about him next year when he goes up there.”
So far there are seven Rutherford County seniors to commit to Division I baseball programs. Joining Hammon, King and Wilson are Siegel’s Blake Benefield and Carson Lester along with Riverdale’s Drew Huff who have all committed to MTSU and Siegel’s Collin Stoecker (Notre Dame).
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