NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Wolves baseball team has one high school senior lined up to play next school year.
Jontrai Jackson, a senior from Lower Richland High, signed Nov. 21 to play baseball with the Wolves. Jackson received a full athletic scholarship and will play shortstop, the position he’s played since eighth grade, the same year he started playing varsity baseball.
“It’s just something I’ve been doing since I was little,” Jackson said. “I just enjoy playing.”
Jackson, who is currently ranked in the top 25 percent of his class, said Newberry College was his first choice after he visited and met with the team and coaches.
While at Newberry, Jackson plans to study sports medicine and wants to go into the physical therapy field.
“Jontrai made his early commitment in baseball so he could focus totally on football his senior year,” said Jackson’s dad, Avery Jackson. “By doing so, he left several offers on the table and plenty of interest from many programs.”
Jackson played football for three years from 10th grade through his senior year. He was a wide receiver.
Jackson’s baseball career includes playing for the Palmetto Game in 2013, four years as Letterman in baseball, two years as Letterman in football, National Gatorade Rookie of the Year 2012 and Mid-Atlantic USA Team 2011 as well as All Region in baseball his junior year.
Avery Jackson said his son has played baseball as a youth for East Columbia Dixie Youth, Columbia Heat, S.C. Smokers, WTTBL and Upstate Mavericks.