Vincent Smith, a Scout.com two-star linebacker was getting interest from a number of schools for football. In fact, Vanderbilt was very interested in the possibility of playing him at safety.
However, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Camden County, has decided to take a different route in college.
"I signed with Georgia Southern to play baseball on November 8th," said Smith. "It's just one of the things Dad and I talked about for a long time and we felt that I had a better chance of playing professional ball in baseball. Plus I love the sport a little more than football."
Smith chose Georgia Southern over Army and Mercer.
"Georgia Southern is closer to home," he said. "Mom and Dad can come and watch me play. I like coach (Rodney) Hennon. I talk to him a lot. I like the campus and I like the facility."
In his junior season, Smith hit .412 while playing centerfield for the Wildcats. Last summer, Smith played for the Savannah Chain traveling baseball team. He batted .350 and had over fifty stolen bases to lead the Chain to a national championship.
Smith is glad to put the recruiting process behind him. Now he can concentrate on his team's success and fine tuning his baseball skills for play at the next level. He is very fast (4.58) and should continue to improve as he focuses solely on baseball.
"I want to start hitting the ball a little bit more for power and still keep on improving my ability to steal bases," Smith said. "I want to keep on improving my fundamentals, like my arm strength and stuff like that."
Vincent Smith chooses Baseball over Football
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