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2018 RHP/1B Jack Neely commits to the Longhorns

The 6’8 Churchill high school product is another solid addition to the growing class

Jack Neely is a Longhorn!
Jack Neely — @JackNeely00

David Pierce’s unique recruiting trends are officially not a coincidence. While Augie Garrido signed blue chip prospects, Pierce scavenges for diamonds in the (relative) rough who aren’t MLB draft risks out of high school. I’ve said it before, but the new Longhorn skipper also seems to love raw, large frames who both pitch and play in the field.

See: right handed pitcher/first baseman Jack Neely, the most recent addition of Texas’ growing 2018 class.

The San Antonio native isn’t rated by Perfect Game USA, but he’s a whopping 6’8, 210 pounds at barely 16 years old. His height advantage is clear in the image above, where he towers over Pierce and two other grown men.

Here’s a shocker — Neely is also a center on his high school basketball team (Pierce has also signed dual-threat QB’s Kamron Fields and Alec Carr to focus on baseball for the ‘Horns). However, on the baseball field is where he truly excels.

Neely’s Churchill Charger’s performed well in their 2016 campaign, notching a 28-9 record.

Neely has been clocked at a 87 mph fastball, which isn’t blazing, but is still in the 93.77 percentile for his class. He also has a curveball and a change in his repertoire.

In this Hudl video, Neely’s stature on the mound is imposing and evident, even as a freshman against varsity competition. His off speed stuff appears deadly in addition to his fastball. Interestingly, the highlight film shows a few occasions where the 16-year-old misses his target, but if there’s a pitching guru who could help a young pitcher find the zone, it’s Pierce.

Neely is the fifth addition to the 2018 class, and the fourth listed primarily as a pitcher. He joins LHP Thomas Burbank, RHP Thomas Quinn, RHP Coy Cobb, and SS Alec Carr in a group currently ranked 51st in the nation.

For Texas, being outside of the top 50 may sound like uncomfortable territory, but the team has zero asterisk commitments for 2018 who will bolt for the pros, and five players whose best baseball appears well ahead of them.