Athens Academy senior left-handed pitcher Jack White made his college pick official on Monday morning at the Spartan Center.
White signed his national letter of intent to pitch for the University of Michigan, picking the Wolverines over Cal and Penn State.
“It is great finally getting the signing on paper. It has been a great ride and I am so excited to be here,” White said. “I went up to a camp there and they invited me back. When I saw the facilities and campus, it was amazing. When I sat one-on-one with the coach, it brought it up to the top of my list.”
White started visiting schools at the end of his junior year of high school.
“I looked at Penn State and Cal but when I went up for the visit at Michigan, that is when I really knew Michigan is where I wanted to go,” White said.
White’s father played at Cal.
“He also worked there for a while so he knew a few people there. He thought we could go out there and meet up with some friends and attend a camp there. It was great they were able to see me,” White said. “His help has been amazing. He has helped with along the way knowing what to do, how to act, how to talk to coaches. It has been really helpful.”
White went 3-3 with 63 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched as a junior for the Spartans. He had a 2.86 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP.
White said the colder temperatures Michigan gets won’t be a bad thing.
“I am from Northern California so I like the cold. It is a little hot here in Georgia,” White said. “I felt right on the campus there.”
White said his goal is to reach Major League Baseball but is taking things “one step at a time” and added it will be “amazing” to step onto the field at Ray Fisher Stadium for the first time.
“I can’t wait to get up there,” White said. “That has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I can’t wait.”