So Who Are These Guys?
I've said it before. Baseball recruiting information is not the stream-lined web monster that College Football Recruiting is. Most times Auburn fans won't know who has committed until the Athletic Department sends out their official press release; or I could spend upwards of $450 for a scouting service like Perfect Game (which I'm not). Until then, all we have are little nuggets from local newspapers. Such as this one from the Lakeland (FL) Ledger:
Colton Davis and Jarred Smith, both of whom will be seniors for the Highlanders this year, have committed to play baseball at Auburn University.
Davis, an outfielder who also has a football offer from Northern Illinois to play receiver, said he committed after a visit this summer. Auburn coaches called him after a game against Auburndale last spring, asked him to come visit and offered the scholarship when he arrived. He said he didn’t have any other baseball offers prior to the one from Auburn.
Smith, who plays infield, had been committed to Florida Southern but decommitted from the Mocs before deciding on Auburn not long after Davis.
Which then starts the "who are they" train in motion. So let's see what the old google machine turns up. First up is Colton Davis.
We know he was an all-area selection for Lake Wales as an OF. He's also a WR for the Lake Wales Highlanders, where he was a spring standout and an all-state Honorable Mention. He's listed at 6'2 and around the 180 range. During a recent Under Armour Football Combine he has an evaluation of 119 (and I have no clue if that is good or bad) but you can see his times in the link. He's right handed and a 3-Star from Prospect Wire. Unranked on Rivals Football. ESPN Football Recruiting gave him a 40 and listed his 40 time at 4.72. His Lake Wales baseball team was pretty good last year:
Lake Wales cruised to an 18-0 victory over Ridge Community in the nightcap.
Colton Davis' leadoff home run started a first-inning rally that gave the Highlanders (23-3) an early 5-0 lead. A fielding error put Jared Smith on base, and Justin Shafer drove him in with a triple. Matt Warren added a three-run homer.
The Highlanders put the game away with a 13-run second inning on just four hits. Ridge committed six errors and walked seven batters in the inning.
Jared Smith had two hits and scored three runs for Lake Wales.
We finally get a bit of actual baseball related scouting from Perfect Game USA:
Lake Wales has an interesting sophomore centerfielder in Colton Davis. He hits and throws right, and has a slope-shouldered 6-2, 175 frame reminiscent of a younger Chipper Jones. Davis is a plus runner right now with big strides and a future average arm. He struggled with his routes, especially when moved to right field later in the game; Davis misjudged a ball hit over his head. The bat-speed isn’t there yet, but Davis has a smooth swing and loose body, so I give the bat a chance….
That was as a Sophomore. Davis will be a senior this year (and hopefully at Auburn in the fall of 2011). Finally, we know he wears #9 (That's him sliding in the picture above).
What about Smith? Well we know that it's either Jarred with a single "r" or with two "r"'s. Both come up. He's a 2B/SS/P prospect. He pitched well enough in a HS Playoff game to help his team advance:
Smith, a junior right-hander, struggled in the first inning then cruised the rest of the way. He allowed just four hits, walked two batters, hit one and struck out 12.
In the bottom of the first, Smith hit Mitch Blackburn with one out then walked Kyle Ryan. Kyle Chastain, who went 3-for-3, singled home Blackburn. Smith, however, retired the next two batters to get out of trouble.
"He settled down," Lake Wales coach Jasone DeWitt said. "He had one bad inning. In the first inning, he left some pitches up and they took advantage. He made an adjustment with his delivery, competed, threw strikes and was able to get a W."
Smith then retired Auburndale 1-2-3 in three of the next four innings. The Bloodhounds' best scoring chance after the first came in the third when they had runners on second and third with two outs, but Smith struck out Keven Pulone to get out of the inning.
"He was able to get ahead," DeWitt said. "He was able to throw his offspeed pitches for strikes."
Prospect Wire lists him as a 4 Star Middle Infielder. He bat's left but throws right. He played in the Dixie Future Stars Tournament in 2009 with another familiar name, Trey Cochran-Gill. He was the top player at a Baseball Factory Tournament in May, also getting their Louisville Slugger Award. He's a member of the FTB Mizuno Traveling Team, which had this to say about him:
Jarred Smith commits to Auburn University!!! Jarred is the newest member of FTB Mizuno. He is a 6' INF from Lake Wales HS. He committed to Auburn just a few days after joining our family. Jarred is a versatile player who can play all 3 INF spots and is mid to upper 80s on the mound. Jarred will have a shot to play early because of his advanced approach at the dish. Jarred has the potential to be a top of the order hitter for the Tigers. Congrats to Jarred and his family on your college decision!
Other than that? Nothing. Ghost town. He's listed anywhere from 5-10 to 6' and around 140 lbs. Still, hopefully you know a little bit more about two (potentially) future Tigers.