Texas Longhorns baseball program made two significant additions on Wednesday by landing commitments from Lampasas left-handed pitcher/outfielder Ace Whitehead and Humble Summer Creek middle infielder Jayden Duplantier.
Whitehead is a 5’10, 180-pounder who also starts as the quarterback for Lampasas, earning recognition as the AP Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year as a junior after passing for 4,259 yards and 54 touchdowns while adding 723 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. He also punts and serves as the place-kicker for Lampasas.
Due to his height, however, Whitehead’s future is in baseball. As a sophomore, he was the district Newcomer of the Year before earning the Offensive MVP award last season.
Duplantier is the younger brother of right-handed pitcher/third baseman Andre Duplantier. Here’s the scouting report on the 6’0, 165-pounder from Perfect Game USA:
Medium frame with slender, athletic build; ran 60 yard dash in 6.98 seconds. Hits from low-handed set, loads feet back, longer stride into swing, shows some whip to barrel through the zone on line drive plane, can get barrel out and pull the ball, projectable hitting tools. Worked out in the infield, moves well to both sides and has flair to actions, fields cleanly and shows good hands, stays low to the ground with clean funnel, shows good arm strength, clocked up to 84 mph on throws. Named to 2019 Main Event Showcase Top Prospect List, very good student.
Texas has also landed three other commitments in the last several days — with the MLB Draft complete, Pierce and his staff are clearly hard at work on the recruiting trail.