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Southern Miss baseball receives 4 verbal commitments

PHOTO BY GATHER LACEFIELD/NW MISS. CC 
 Northwest Mississippi Community College pitcher Colt Smith has verbally committed to play baseball at Southern Miss.
PHOTO BY GATHER LACEFIELD/NW MISS. CC Northwest Mississippi Community College pitcher Colt Smith has verbally committed to play baseball at Southern Miss.

The Southern Miss baseball program has recently received verbal commitments from three junior college prospects and a high school pitcher.

The four players are Meridian Community College infielder/outfielder Jaylon Keys, Northwest Mississippi CC right-hander Colt Smith, Eastfield (Texas) CC shortstop Casey Maack and Northlake Christian (La.) left-handed pitcher Sean Tweedy.

Smith, a Myrtle native, was second-team All-MACJC as a freshman last year for the Rangers.

Smith, who stands 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, was 6-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 14 appearances, including 12 starts, last season. He had two complete-game shutouts, struck out 49 and walked 26 in 65.2 innings. Smith was 7-3 with a 1.32 ERA and 85 strikeouts in his senior season at Myrtle High School.

Maack announced his commitment Tuesday on Twitter after having a big season at the plate for Eastfield College in the Dallas area. He batted .441 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs to earn NJCAA Div. III First-Team All-American.

According to EastfieldNews.com, Maack's family has quite the baseball background. His father, Mike, pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization. His uncle, Wade Rowdon, was a utility infielder for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. His grandfather, Glenn Rowdon, played for the New York Yankees as an infielder.

Keys, a native of Bay Springs, batted .254 with six homers and 30 RBIs in 173 at-bats last season at Meridian CC, which announced his commitment to USM on Oct. 8.

Tweedy, who also plays first base, has a fastball that tops out at 89 miles per hour, according PrepBaseballReport.com. He stands 6-foot-1, 225 pounds and is headed into his senior campaign at Northlake Christian in Covington, La. The Louisiana Knights, Tweedy's select team, announced his commitment on Monday.

Gulfport right-handed pitcher Alex Nelms and Pearl River CC right-hander Jordan Hayes are among the players who previously committed to play for the Golden Eagles.

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