To say it has been a busy week for Bo Gobin might be an understatement.
On Wednesday, May 18, the senior right-handed pitcher from Summerville High School took the mound and helped his team stay alive in the second game of the three-game Class AAAA state championship series against J.L. Mann. On Friday, Gobin and his team claimed the state title.
That Saturday, Gobin de-committed from The Citadel, where he had been committed since December 2015. The next day, he visited Clemson and met with head coach Monte Lee and his staff.
Then, on Thursday, after a few days of contemplation, Gobin committed to Clemson.
“He went up to Clemson on Sunday, had an awesome visit and fell in love with the place,” Summerville head coach Banks Faulkner said during a conversation with The Clemson Insider. “He loves Coach Lee and the way that he runs his program, and the type of individual he is. He’s excited about being up there and getting to work.”
Gobin has gobbled up hitters en route to gaudy numbers the last two seasons at Summerville. In 2016, Gobin was 9-1 with a 0.68 ERA across 72 innings pitched. As a junior, he recorded a 1.00 ERA in 21 innings.
“He chews right into hitters,” Faulkner said. “He loves to compete, he throws a bunch of strikes and his defenders play well behind him because he pitches with a rhythm and tempo.”
His final pitching performance in high school may have been his finest. In the aforementioned elimination game against J.L. Mann, Gobin threw 142 pitches over 10 innings and allowed only one earned run.
“It was the best performance I’ve ever seen,” Faulkner said, “especially on that stage against what I thought was the best high school lineup I’ve seen in my 13 years of coaching, and that’s why I think he’s got a chance to be really successful up there because he’s just a winner.”
Gobin, who employs a three-pitch mix, will likely develop into an innings-eating bullpen arm at Clemson.
Faulkner believes that Gobin’s unique, side-armed delivery — which makes him especially effective against right-handed hitters — should enable him distinguish himself at Clemson.
“I have no doubt that he’ll go there and he’ll jump right in that mix,” Faulkner said. “I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t help Clemson win games immediately next year in the middle of their bullpen.”
Gobin chose Clemson over South Carolina after re-opening his recruiting process, and will be a preferred walk-on. Faulkner thinks that Gobin may enroll in the second session of summer classes at Clemson in order to get a head start on his academics.
“He loves the coaching staff and the facilities,” Faulkner said. “The campus is a big thing for him. It’s a big school, but at the same time, the campus is right there and everything’s close together. I think all those things were big factors for him in making his decision.”