November 27, 2020

Lady Brave commits to Michigan State University

(East Lansing, MI) — Sophomore Lady Brave Jordan Watson verbally committed today to be a part of the incoming class of 2016 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

The outstanding 16-year-old pitcher said she got the offer she wanted and decided to go ahead and commit. “I really like the coaches and the area around East Lansing. I just feel at home here and I am looking forward to being a Lady Spartan,” said Watson by phone Wednesday afternoon.

Watson considered division one schools Alabama, Kentucky, and Ohio State among others before making her final decision.

Watson still has three more seasons at Heard County where she hopes to be a part of at least one state championship. Coach Matt Hornsby and the Lady Braves finished third in the state last season, and with the bulk of the top athletes returning expectations will be very high.

Coach Matt Hornsby looks on as Watson warms up last season. (Photo Courtesy of Gail Barber)

Coach Matt Hornsby looks on as Watson warms up last season. (Photo Courtesy of Gail Barber)

Hornsby knows that his star pitcher is something special. “Jordan is just unreal for her age. I believe at the end of last season she was the top freshman pitcher in the state and yet she has still improved tremendously over the last few months.”

Watson set a new Lady Braves record in 2012 with 25 wins and accrued only six losses on the season while notching 131 strikeouts. Often overshadowed by her pitching, Watson’s offensive skills are also very impressive. She batted .535 with three homers and 31 RBI’s last season. She plays first base on the occasions she doesn’t take the mound.

“I think by the time she graduates, she will be one of the top pitchers in the nation. She has the perfect tall athletic pitcher’s build and she works tremendously hard at her craft. She is the special kind of pitcher coaches dream about having on their squad,” added Hornsby.

Watson will join another junior Lady Spartan commit with Heard County roots. Northgate junior Ebonee Echols, the daughter of former Brave baseball stand-out Charles Echols, has also committed to MSU.

Watson is the third Heard County athlete committed to a division one school during the last year. Junior softball player Cali Harrod committed to Florida State University and Senior offensive lineman Jake Edwards recently committed to UGA on a football scholarship.

Watson and Harrod play travel ball with the Atlanta Vipers and were part of a National Championship team last summer.

Amazingly, Watson will be the third Heard County athlete in recent years to head to the state of Michigan after graduation. Football players Carlos Brown and Thomas “Red” Keith each attended school in the wolverine state. Brown played at Michigan while Keith competed for the Chippewas of Central Michigan.

The Lady Braves begin the 2013 softball season on August 9 when they head to Villa Rica for a season opening tournament.

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