Trevor McDonald has played at South Alabama for several years with his travel club.
When the Jaguars offered the George County junior back in August, he had a hunch he might end up committing.
Sunday he made his decision official, calling up USA assistant Chris Prothro to share his good news.
“I pretty much knew South Alabama is where I wanted to go. Me and Coach Prothro talk once a week on the phone. I called him Sunday night and told him I was ready to be a Jag,” McDonald told the Sun Herald on Tuesday. “He seemed pretty excited about it.”
McDonald said a number of factors played into his decision.
“It started a couple summers ago when we played there (with the Deep South Reds),” McDonald said. “They showed interest in me then and stayed interested.”
Mobile’s proximity to Lucedale was also a big plus.
“Being so close to home played a big role,” he said. “I like my family and friends can come see me play.”
He also touted head coach Mark Calvi and his staff as being one of the best in the country.
“Calvi and the rest of the coaches have them going in the right direction right now,” McDonald said.
McDonald pitches and plays in the outfield for George County. He said the Jaguars envision him as a starting pitcher — perhaps as soon as his freshman season.
“I wanted to go somewhere I could make an impact,” he said. “They said it's up to me but they expect me to be an impact player my freshman year.”
With a three-quarters delivery, McDonald said he utilizes a four-pitch mix with a fastball, curveball, changeup and a slider that serves as his out pitch.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound right-hander said his velocity bumped 87-88 miles per hour as a sophomore last season but he said he hit 90-91 as recently as this fall.
After posting a 4-2 record with a 2.62 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings as a freshman, McDonald was 2-7 last year with a 3.58 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 43 innings.
Perfect Game currently ranks McDonald as the 24th best Mississippi prospect in the 2019 signing class. The site also lists him as the No. 7 right-hander in his class.
McDonald reported an offer from Nicholls State, where his brother, Jason, was recently added to the coaching staff. He said Southern Miss and Ole Miss had also been showing interest.
McDonald’s pledge came one day before fellow GCHS junior Logan Tanner committed to Mississippi State.