June 5, 2012
Head coach baseball coach John Anderson announced that Eden Prairie, Minnesota native Jordan Smith has been accepted to the University of Minnesota and will join the Golden Gopher program next fall.
Smith, a outfielder, is currently a senior with the Eden Prairie Eagles under Gopher alum Mike Halloran. The captain for the Eagles, Smith was a member of EPHS that competed at the 2011 state tournament team. This season, Smith holds a .421 batting average, 15 runs batted and an on-base percentage of .522. He will be playing in the Minnesota Lions All-Star tournament this June. A former teammate of current Gophers Tony Skjefte and Lance Thonvold, Smith was also a part of the Eden Prairie American Legion National Championship Team. With the 2011 Legion team, Smith batted .369 (31 hits in 84 at-bats) with 18 RBI and was the Eagles' fourth starter in the pitching rotation. In the championship game, Smith hit the game-winning RBI against Tupelo, Miss. A former three-sport athlete (football and basketball), Smith has since focused soley on baseball.
"We are excited to add Jordan Smith to the Gopher Baseball family," Anderson said. "Jordan is a talented left-handed outfielder who has continued to improve his game each and every year as a player in the outstanding Eden Prairie High School program."
"We are very pleased to add another quality student-athlete from the outstanding Eden Prairie, Minn., baseball program," assistant head coach Rob Fornasiere said. "Jordan is a physical, left-hand hitting outfielder with a very good throwing arm. We look for Jordan to be a power threat from the left side of the plate and play a corner outfield position."
"I chose the University of Minnesota because the tradition they have with their baseball program is one of the best in the Big Ten," Smith said. "Along with having a great baseball experience, earning a degree from the U of M will open up many opportunities for me after college and enable me to have a successful future."
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