Before this week’s baseball draft Clemson signee Clate Schmidt, one of the top pitchers in the South, had already decided he planned to enroll at Clemson and be a Tiger. Clate and his family let the scouts know of his plans.
“We had talked to a lot of the teams. I was very fortunate to be able to talk with them. It was a good thing that we had talked about the decision as a family and already decided our heart was set on Clemson. We felt it was the best place to go and mature, get a degree and play some ball at the same time. I felt it would be smarter to forgo the draft and go to Clemson. I am officially a Tiger,” said Schmidt.
With the exception of Lucas Sims the Tigers look to have the rest of the class enroll.
“It feels great. We are all a tight nit group. On our official visit we all got along so well. I am really excited. It is unfortunate for us that Lucas got drafted but it is great for him. We would have liked to have him join us but we wish him the best. We have a great group coming in and we have a great shot to put some damage on some other teams,” said Schmidt.
Clate helped lead his team deep into the playoffs this season.
“We just finished up the season. We did really well and made it to the Elite 8. We kind of had a rough way to end the season because of the two games we got swept in but I couldn’t have asked for any more from our team. Everyone gave it their best effort,” said Schmidt.
The top right hander was disappointed to see the Tigers lose to South Carolina in the regional.
“I was so bummed we lost to South Carolina in the 12th inning. That was a heartbreaker,” said Schmidt.
Clate has already built a strong relationship with one of the current Clemson pitchers.
“Goose (Gossett) and I got very close. It was cool to watch him flourish this year,” said Schmidt.
In just a month Clate will move in to Tigertown.
“I will go in for second summer session,” said Schmidt.