Earlier this week right handed pitcher Austin DeCarr visited Clemson. Before leaving campus Austin knew he wanted to be a Tiger and gave a verbal commitment to head coach Jack Leggett.
“I was planning to come visit on Monday. Clemson watched me throw on Sunday against a really good team. There were a lot of college and pro scouts there. After the game I called caoch Pepicelli and me and my dad visited Monday morning. We went around campus and six hours at Clemson. They gave me a real good offer and I couldn’t turn it down,” said DeCarr.
Why did the prize recruit commit to the Tigers?
“I knew it was a great program. I knew coach Leggett was from Maine and coach Pepicellli was from New York. They have a good tradition,” replied DeCarr.
Austin selected the Tigers over two other top programs.
“My top three were North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Clemson. I always liked Clemson a lot,” said DeCarr.
The Foxboro, MA standout has really impressed this summer and Clemson has seen him perform several times.
“I was with my team down in Georgia. We are in Florida now. We are down here for a couple of weeks. Clemson saw me in early June and then again at the Perfect Game National in June. They saw me pitch in New Jersey and then again in Georgia,” said DeCarr.
Austin has impressed this summer and been bringing the heat.
“I have touched 93 a few times in Florida. Hopefully I will be hitting 94 or 95 later this year,” said DeCarr.
Austin could have enrolled this year, but plans to enroll for the 2014 season.
“I am going to do a post graduate year at Salisbury this year. Clemson wanted me to come in this year, but I have played football and baseball my entire career. I just needed some down time. Coach Pepicelli and coach Leggett are fine with me coming in next year. They think I can come in and be a starter early,” said DeCarr.
Clemson will have to survive next year’s MLB draft, but Austin makes it clear he plans to be a Tiger.
“I would never turn down a place like Clemson. I am going to get the college experience which is something I want to do. Play for coach Leggett and winning a national championship is what I want to do. I wouldn’t get that opportunity in the minors. I think I can develop a lot more at Clemson than in the minors. I absolutely plan to go to Clemson,” said DeCarr.