Highly touted prospect and rising senior Jordan Scott has made his decision on where he will play college baseball after verbally committing to the University of Georgia.
Multiple big-name schools were courting Scott, including Georgia Tech, The Citadel and West Virginia. It was the area, the program and the coaches that pushed him to want to be a Bulldog, Jordan Scott said.
Scott said that he researched the area and when he went it just felt like home.
"We're happy with his decision," Dr. David Scott, Jordan Scott's father, said of he and his wife's thoughts on Jordan choosing UGA. "Me and my wife, we both really admire Jordan for sticking to [baseball]. He started out a little rough academically initially but he actually fought back to have a great GPA. There's no where we go that they don't say something positive or great about my son and that's the most fulfilling thing about being a parent."
"It kind of alienates me because I'm the one that's always giving him a hard time," David Scott said laughingly. "People really think he's a wonderful guy and I do agree with them."
Despite the team's 10-16 record, former Salem baseball coach Chad Kitchens, was proud of Jordan Scott's season individually.
"Jordan Scott had a great season," Kitchens said.
Scott put up tremendous offensive numbers last season. He hit over .500 in region play and over .400 overall throughout the season. He's a two-sport athlete - he plays slotback/wide receiver for Salem - and a Perfect Game Pre-season Second Team Underclassmen All-American.
"I think the sky's the limit as far as his potential in what he wants to do with baseball. I think he had a great season this year," David Scott said.
His season was equally successful on defense. He seamlessly transitioned from second base to the outfield to accommodate one of his teammates, and he did it without complaining.
As he prepares for college, Jordan Scott said that he will start out in the outfield as a freshman and later attempt to move back in the infield as a sophomore.
"Just keep pushing harder, it's one step closer," Jordan Scott said, as he knows not to get too comfortable and diminish his chances in his final season at Salem.
"[I'm going] to try to make the SEC freshman team and at least bat .300," Jordan Scott said. "I gotta have the highest fielding percentage of the team as a freshman."
When asked how proud he was of his son choosing UGA, David Scott was hesitant to praise the school. He paused and said jokingly, "I'm a little bit biased there."
David Scott, who got his Ph.D from Georgia Tech but also went to school in Alabama before graduating from CAU, said he was going to have to get a friend who's a UGA alum to teach him how to bark.
"Jordan wants to be a veterinarian. They have a veterinarian school there. So it all came together. It's great," David Scott said. He added that he thinks it was the trip when UGA invited Jordan and his family up to attend a game against the University of South Carolina that sealed the deal on Jordan Scott's decision.
"At the end of the day, Georgia is a great school. Great athletics, great academics, you can't go wrong. I really enjoyed the atmosphere when Georgia played South Carolina," David Scott said. "Aww, man, it was electrifying."