T.J. Shook always imagined playing baseball at South Carolina.
On Friday, the Dutch Fork senior took a step to do just that as he verbally committed to play for the Gamecocks.
“Growing up, I always went to the games and could picture myself playing there,” Shook said.
Shook said USC has been interested for about a year and increased its pursuit after seeing him pitch in last week’s Palmetto Games. The right-hander topped out at 89 mph during his outing and earned the Golden Arm award for the Midwest team for the second straight year.
Shook visited USC on Friday and informed assistant coaches Jerry Myers and Sammy Esposito of his decision. He also considered Spartanburg Methodist, College of Charleston, Clemson and Presbyterian, among others.
“It is definitely great to get it done before my senior year,” Shook said. “I’m glad to make the commitment and pumped to play there.”
The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder went 5-1 with a 1.29 ERA last season and also hit .457. He was the Region 4-4A Player of the Year and an all-state selection.
Shook played this summer for the Evoshield Canes 17U South team. He is the seventh instate prospect to commit to the Gamecocks for the Class of 2016.
Shook can officially sign his National Letter of Intent beginning on Nov. 11.