GAME DAY Youth Sports Magazine Upstate SC - February 2012 : Page 20

National Signing Day February 1, 2012 BOILING SPRINGS: From left: OL Hunter Kirby (Western Carolina), DL Brendan Miller (North Greenville), OL Eddie Gordon (N.C. State) and LB Shaquan Burney (N.C. Central). BYRNES: Kicker Kaleb Patterson signs with Miami (Ohio). CHAPMAN: Preston “Moose” Durham (Citadel) and Josh Henderson (Brevard) sign at Chapman. CHESNEE: Nathaniel Moore signs with Newberry College. GREER: Reese Hannon signs with Furman. WOODRUFF: Alicia Mosteller -Spartanburg Methodist College -soccer; Ryan Perkins -USC Sumter -baseball; Caleb Smith -Gardner-Webb -football; Shun Tribble -Georgia South-ern -football

National Signing Day

John Clayton

<br /> Club ball leads to offer for BSHS senior Jordan Jackson<br /> <br /> Boiling Springs High School senior Jordan Jackson has been playing around 80 softball games a year in summer and fall tournament seasons for the Carolina Crush 18-under travel softball team. <br /> <br /> That was more than enough for the third-baseman to get noticed by Southern Wesleyan University and first-year SWU head coach Anna Ball, who signed Jackson to a letter-of-intent to play for the Warriors.<br /> <br /> “I’m just really excited that I get to fulfill my dream of playing college softball,” Jackson said. “The Crush really helped me. They try to make sure that if we want to play in college, we have a chance to be seen by college coaches.”<br /> <br /> Jackson played in several showcase events attended by scouts with the Crush and that was the difference in her recruitment. She also had an offer from Limestone College, but became sold on SWU after a visit to the Central campus.<br /> <br /> “I fell in love with Southern Wesleyan on my visit,” she said. “I’m really excited to be a part of the good changes that are going on with the program and with Coach Ball.”<br /> <br /> Jackson hit .311 with a .492 slugging percentage with the Crush and head coach David Parris. Her fielding percentage on the hot corner was a strong .962. She helped her Crush teams to an ASA state title. As a younger player, she won a pair of state championships and a national title with the Indiana Thunder.<br /> <br /> Jackson said her work ethic is among the attributes that impressed Ball during the recruiting process.<br /> <br /> “(Ball) said she liked the way I worked and that I still have the ability to develop and get better,” said Jackson, adding that she expects to remain at third base at SWU.<br /> <br /> Jackson will be joined at SWU by former Boiling Springs High teammate Jennifer Jacoby, a pitcher, went 14-5 with a 2.08 earned-run average and 102 strike outs in 121 innings as a junior. Jacoby also played for the N.C. Sun Devils Elite travel team.<br /> <br /> But Jackson, who plans to major in early elementary education in college, does not expect to return to the Lady Bulldogs for her senior season.<br /> <br /> She said she plans to resume softball with the Crush in the summer.<br /> <br /> “I want to get in shape (before college) and be ready,” she said. “I just want to keep getting better.”<br /> <br /> SWU hosted a post-signing party for Jackson where she got to meet her future teammates.<br /> <br /> “I had a chance to meet everyone and just felt like I fit right in,” she said.

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