Jacob Jablonski knows enough about Arkansas State that he doesn’t need to see the place to commit to the baseball program.
The switch-hitting middle infielder from Lancaster, Calif., made a pledge to the Red Wolves on July 4. He plans on visiting the campus in August.
“I can’t wait to get there,’’ he said. “I’m excited about that..”
Jablonski, who plays at Paraclete High School and for the SGV Arsenal travel team, is in Georgia with his team playing at the Perfect Game facility where the Red Wolves have played the past two years.
A rare high school player who winds up on the Red Wolves’ radar, Jablonski’s recruiting started with Red Wolves’ pitching coach Caleb Longshore, who spent three seasons coaching in California.
“Coach Longshore saw me played for Arsenal and I sent him some film,’’ he said. “And coach (Noah) Sanders came out to watch me play and they liked what they saw.
“I really like all the coaches at Arkansas State. I can’t wait to get there and help wins some games.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder earned first-team All-Coastal League honors this past season.
Jablonski said he started batting left-handed because of his father, who pitched in the Yankees’ minor league system. “He wanted me to so that is what I did. I started when I was around 3.
“When I got older I started batting right handed and it just came natural to me. When I was around 12 I started switching-hitting again.”
He said he was getting heavy recruiting interest from UC Santa Barbara and UC Long Beach and had an invited unofficial visit from USC. Kentucky and Utah were also staying in contact, he said.
In high school Jablonski said he only played shortstop.
“My dad never would allow me to pitch,’’ he said
Jablonski is the fourth commit for the Red Wolves’ 2017 class. RHP Noah Stone from St. Louis Lutheran North, middle infielder Andrew Leggo from Canada and speedy outfielder Pierce Mitchum.