Just getting into the recruiting process as a sophomore at Christian Academy, Riley Thompson already knows where he's going to college.
The hard-throwing right-handed pitcher said he "really wasn't" considering any other schools when he decided he wanted to give U of L the commitment.
"I just really liked all of the coaches, everything about it seemed so welcoming," Thompson said of U of L. "It really seemed like the perfect fit for me."
Thompson started playing baseball at Christian Academy in the sixth grade and has been pitching on the varsity level since the eighth-grade. He said one of his biggest memories was pitching in the All "A" State Tournament at Applebee's Park in Lexington as an eighth-grader.
While he wasn't sure of his statistics for his sophomore season, Thompson was 8-2 with a 2.08 ERA as a freshman for the Centurions.
"I've been pretty good," he said. "I think this year, my maturity on the mound and my composure were a lot better. Just being out there and knowing what to do and especially when things go bad, things don't always go your way.
"I feel like I am going to get a lot better."
Thompson has a fastball that been clocked at 89 or 90 miles per hour but he said he's also already throwing a change up and curveball.
"When my fast ball is not on, I will try to get ahead with my curve ball," he said. "And in some different situations I will use the change up. Usually, I will go to my curve ball as the second option."
Thompson has two more years of high school and said he knows he must "keep progressing and get strong," noting that he also believes with more maturity that his mental game will grow before he gets to U of L.
But he's already pumped about attending U of L, especially because his freshman season will be the second season in the ACC.
"The program is already pretty strong right now," Thompson said. "I see a lot of things in the future that are bight. The stadium expansion and moving into the ACC and playing at better places. It's all just great."
Cardinal Authority will keep you up-to-date on Thompson's progress.
U OF L RECRUITS IN STATE TOURNEY
A pair of U of L recruits had big nights in the opening round of the State Baseball Tournament in Lexington on Tuesday.
Signee Drew Harrington struck out 15 batters and allowed just four hits as Central Hardin beat Lone Oak 2-0. The state's No. 1 team, Central Hardin will play Harrison County in Thursday night's quarterfinals.
St. Xavier catcher Austin Clemons, who is a 2014 player and U of L commitment, scored the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Logan County. Clemons is hitting over .550 for the Tigers this season.
St. X will play PRP in a quarterfinal game on Thursday.