University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell and his staff will sign several of the top in-state prospects in the Class of 2014, including a couple from Lexington.
One of those players is Lexington Catholic catcher Riley Jackson, who is ranked as the No. 4 player overall in the Bluegrass State.
“What intrigued me most about Louisville is that you get to play with some of the best players in the country and learn from a great coaching staff,” Jackson said. “The facilities, to go along with the winning environment.”
Jackson will be switching positions – into the outfield – when get gets to college but that won’t be a big deal for the all-around standout player.
“I’m going into Louisville to play the outfield and throughout my high school career my primary position has been catcher” he said. “I just need to refine my outfield skills, and keep getting better as a player in order to compete at the college level.”
Jackson, who is signing with the Cardinals on Wednesday and will be part of a top recruiting class, said he’s been gearing up for his senior season.
“I work out every day with weightlifting three times a week and then speed training three times a week and then after that I’ll either hit or work on defense” Jackson said.
Jackson also considered Tennessee and several Ivy League schools before opting to sign with the Cardinals. Now, he’s a member of the U of L family but has some business to take care of in high school before he gets to the Cardinals.
“To win state, just because last year we did not do as well as planned, and usually we are one of the more dominant teams in the state, so hopefully things will work out better” Jackson said.