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IMG Academy's Logan Allen makes verbal commitment to South Carolina Gamecocks
IMG Academy's Logan Allen, who recently enrolled out of Fletcher, N.C., has made his verbal commitment to the University of South Carolina. Allen fielded offers from a number of elite NCAA Division-I baseball programs, ultimately making the choice to verbally commit to South Carolina as a member of the Class of 2015. The University of South Carolina has emerged as one of the nation's most elite programs, after appearing in three consecutive College World Series Finals (2010-12) and winning back-to-back World Series crowns in 2010 and 2011.
For more, check out the story from 247Sports' The Big Spur:
South Carolina secured its ninth commitment of the 2015 class on Monday afternoon when left-handed pitcher Logan Allen (Fletcher, N.C./IMG Academy) made his pledge. The Gamecocks now have a big, powerful left-handed pitcher who has shined in big games.
Allen chose South Carolina over offers from Florida, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson and a host of other schools. Even though he took several trips, the southpaw has known for a while that Columbia was going to be his future home.
In addition to the coaches, campus and facilities, the allure of playing with several of his current EvoShield Canes teammates provided an added attraction. Four of his current showcase teammates will be in the same dugout at the next level, including shortstop LT Tolbert, outfielder Danny Blair, and pitchers Kaleb Bowman and Cody Morris.
Allen was invited to San Diego, Calif. recently to participate in the Perfect Game Underclass All-American game. On the mound, he’s been clocked as high as 89 mph in a Perfect Game event but he can hit some 90 mph marks as well.
In addition to his power fastball at a young age, Allen also throws a breaking ball and a changeup.
Allen is the ninth member of the 2015 class and is the second left-handed pitcher joining Kyle Anderson (Evans, Ga./Evans). There are five pitchers in the class, including Morris, Bowman, Anderson and right-hander Harrison Smith (Wando/Wando).