Even before the start of his second baseball season, Central Hardin High School pitcher Zak Spurrier was already generating major college interest.
On Saturday, Spurrier, who finished last season 5-2 with a 0.95 ERA, announced on his Twitter account that he was verbally committing to the University of Kentucky.
He said UK and head coach Nick Mingione had been recruiting him “probably for about six months”.
“It’s always been a dream to play for a school near my home,” said Spurrier, a right-hander and No. 2 All-State selection this season. “After many discussions with my family and the coaches, they ticked all the boxes and everything went well.”
Last season, in 59 innings pitched, he had 71 strikeouts and allowed eight earned runs. He made 14 appearances, including 11 starts.
Spurrier said “being able to attend a very distinguished college close to home” was part of his selling point in Kentucky, along with top-notch facilities and an opportunity to play in the Southeastern Conference that produced the last three national champions – Mississippi last year, Mississippi State in 2021 and Vanderbilt in 2019. There was no tournament in 2020 due to COVID-19.
He allowed 39 hits and walked 11 batters last season and pitched a full game to three hits in a 2-1 victory over Corbin in the first round of the state tournament as Central Hardin finished 29-10.
As a rookie, he went 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA as a rookie when he finished with 45 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings.