If you have been paying attention to recent developments in college baseball, you have likely heard about a young prospect from East Paulding High School named Jackson Phipps. Jackson is the top ranked high school baseball player in Georgia and currently plays for Danny Pralgo on the 643 17u Cougs. We’re honored to feature Jackson as our Athlete of the Week.
Jackson, who is the 21st ranked player nationally (and the second ranked left handed pitcher) in the class of 2020 according to Perfect Game, announced his commitment to the University of South Carolina baseball program in 2017. Jackson and University of South Carolina baseball are an excellent fit both athletically and culturally. He is thrilled to further his education as well as go forward with his dream of playing Division 1 college baseball.
Jackson Phipps enjoys cheering for his local team, the Atlanta Braves. In fact, his biggest role model in recent years has been Freddie Freeman of the Bravos. Outside of the diamond, he enjoys a relaxing day of fishing and spending time with friends and family.
After considering offers from UGA and Florida, Jackson made his commitment to South Carolina after much consideration. He comes to the University with a very impressive academic record, consisting of a 3.4 GPA with Honors in Literature. His athletic record is equally impressive, having recently racked up a 7-inning, 13-strikeout, no-hitter that left onlookers in awe.
With all of these worthy athletic and academic accomplishments, you may think Jackson is ready to bask in the attention that usually accompanies athletes of exceptional ability. However, this is anything but his style. As Jackson himself has said, “I don’t like having attention drawn to me outside of the diamond.” He enjoys a simple life that’s highlighted by his focus on relationships and hard work.
One thing is certainly clear: Jackson Phipps is a name that fans of college baseball should look out for. But for now, we’re excited to see what Jackson has in store this season for East Paulding High School.