Three Forrest County Agricultural High School baseball players finally had their evening in the spotlight as Luke Odom, Blake Polk, and Ethan Watts signed to play on the diamond at the next level.
“It is a big deal to see these three sign for me,” said Aggies head coach Gatlin Steelman, “They’ve all worked hard to get to this position. I know the shortened season hurt many players in the area, so I think we are lucky to get three of our guys signed to college. They deserve it and if we would’ve played a full season, I believe they would’ve found a team to sign them with their talent.”
Steelman continued to talk about each player individually and what they meant to FCAHS.
“All three of the guys were tremendous leaders for us. Luke Odom pitched and played catcher. Whatever we needed from him he would do it. He didn’t get to play as much his junior year due to eligibility, but he did whatever he was asked.”
Blake has been on the team since the eighth grade and played the pitcher position, infield, or wherever he was needed. He has always shown leadership and willingness to play the role he needed to play.”
“Ethan Watts had a big junior season and played well for us. He played basketball too, which meant he was later to get there, but everyone on the team knew his work ethic. He’s a very vocal guy, and he leads by example always hustling everywhere.”
Watts was being eyed by a few JUCO schools, however, COVID-19 threw a wrench into plans. Southeastern Baptist College made a late push for the talented baseball player and landed him.
“It feels so good to sign. I definitely don’t want to call this opportunity the last resort, but I was getting scared I wouldn’t be able to play at the next level. I was being recruited by JUCO’s, but when COVID hit, everything went to nothing. Their coach contacted coach Steelman and said they looked at my recruiting profile. They set up a workout and told me they wanted me. I wanted to play at the next level so I signed immediately,” said Watts.
Odom found his home at East Central Community College. He stated he had been seeing attention since his junior season.
“It means a lot to me to finally be able to sign. Coach Steelman worked hard to make this signing and everything happen.I’m ready to go to college and do what I do. I went to the state games after my junior year and got some attention. Coaches started getting in touch, and East Central offered me after a visit. I liked the vibe, the coaches, the facilities, and the players.” explained Odom.
Polk’s hard work paid off as he signed to play with Mississippi Delta Community College. He offered some words on the process.
“This day means a lot because for a while I didn’t think I was going to play anywhere. Just to be able to get a chance to play at Mississippi Delta is a big deal for me. It has been hard with the virus, working, and putting in work in baseball. It paid off. I went with Delta because a friend had several people go up there, and how hard they worked. I’ve always wanted to be able to play at the next level,” said Polk.