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Former South Carolina commit discusses flip to Clemson

Spartanburg Methodist College sophomore first baseman/outfielder Sheldon Reed, who committed to South Carolina in April, has flipped his commitment to Clemson.

The former Emerald High School standout graduated in 2015 and enrolled at Spartanburg Methodist. Instead of continuing his collegiate career with the Gamecocks, he will be a Tiger.

Clemson head coach Monte Lee reached out to Reed after former South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook resigned earlier this month.

“It was about a week ago (when I flipped), and I flipped because coach Holbrook left and I didn’t feel comfortable not knowing the new coaching staff,” Reed told The Clemson Insider.

Playing at Clemson is an opportunity Reed couldn’t pass up after the coaching change in Columbia.

“I grew up a big Clemson fan, but at the time during my junior college season they never offered,” he said. “So they offered after Holbrook left, and I felt like it was the right place for me.”

Clemson had nine players selected in this month’s Major League Baseball draft — including former starting outfielders Chase Pinder and Reed Rohlman — and that was a factor in his decision as well.

“They lost two starting outfielders and their starting first basemen (Andrew Cox),” Reed said. “So, I feel like I have a good chance at coming in and playing.”

As a sophomore last season, Reed had a team-leading .448 batting average and 47 RBI, and a team-tying-high 11 home runs.

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