Brighton senior Colton Hathcock was certainly a stand out last year for the Cardinal baseball team, posting a 5-2 pitching record with 38 strikeouts and a 2.30 ERA in 43 innings.
But over the summer he took part in several tournaments and showcases for prospects, and University of Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock noticed.
Hathcock was rewarded with a scholarship to play for the Tigers. He signed the paper work Friday in the BHS library.
“He's got great power arm potential,” Schoenrock said. “I noticed a drastic improvement over the summer. His secondary pitches got better … I think he can be a great college pitcher.”
Brighton head coach Brian Oswalt said Hathcock was clocked in the low 90s over the summer and has a fastball that is consistently in the high 80s.
“He's got a future in baseball,” Oswalt said. “He's one of my ace guys who always gives 120 percent and that comes through … I think he's going to wind up being drafted.”
Hathcock, who was also the starting quarterback for the Cardinal football team this fall, said he had other offers from colleges to play baseball.
“This was just the best opportunity for me,” Hathcock said. “This was where I felt most comfortable … It feels good to go ahead and get this (commitment) out of the way.”