Four-star defensive tackle De'Asian Richardson wasn't the only verbal commitment West Virginia picked up on Monday. Outfielder/pitcher Jordan Sergent of Atlantic Shores Christian (VA) gave his pledge to Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers baseball team.
Assistant coach Derek Matlock.
"West Virginia is getting a top. Of. The. Line. Player.," said Joe Agreste III, an assistant coach with the Seahawks prep team. "He's got great speed and covers a lot of ground, especially in centerfield. He hits for power and average."
Although he's described as an excellent outfielder, there is some debate as to where he will play in college because he excels at multiple positions at the high school level.
"He also pitches some and consistently throws in the low to mid 80's," said Agreste, whose father - Agreste, Jr. - is the head coach for the team. "He can bump it up to the high 80's and even touched 90 with some scouts watching."
Speaking of MLB scouts, Sergent is described as "most likely a draft guy," but he will still likely enroll in Morgantown next fall depending on exactly which round he is taken.
"It's every kid's dream to get drafted, but school is really big on his mind," said Agreste, who actually played for the Mountaineers himself back in 2008 and 2009. "Both parents are alum of West Virginia and I played there... he's surrounded by West Virginia people, which is great."
For the 6-foot-1, 185-pound left-hander, offers and interest had been pouring in from nearby Old Dominion and ECU, but as far away as Air Force. Still, after an unofficial visit to West Virginia, Sergent was sold. One of the major selling points was the new coaching staff.
"Coach [Randy] Mazey is an amazing coach," said Agreste. "And [assistant] coach [Derek] Matlock was great, too. They really hit it off and I think they are going to do big things there."
And, again, Jordan Sergent may just be a big part of that turnaround for the Mountaineer program.
"I'm telling you, he's just one of those guys you don't run across very often," said Agreste. "He's just a difference maker. He plays the game hard. He's a very strong kid. He may only be a rising senior, but he's developed enough to play in college right now."