Head baseball coach Jack Leggett always has some nervous moments when the MLB Draft rolls around but signee Weston Wilson (High Point, N.C./Wesleyan Christian) put the Clemson staff at ease this week when he informed teams not to select him this June.
Leggett gets the good news Wilson will join Clemson's baseball team.
In a move uncommon by players projected to be selected early in the draft, Wilson sent a letter through the MLB scouting bureau requesting to be removed from the team’s respective draft boards.
Interest by the professional scouts has picked up since the end of March and some high-ranking officials from various Major League clubs have been to Wesleyan Christian to see Wilson play. Desire for home visits and an increase in contact had the infielder evaluating the next step in his baseball career.
After giving it prayerful consideration, Wilson decided he wanted to enroll at Clemson and not pursue a professional career at this point.
“I knew with all the scouts coming and home visits I needed to start thinking about my future,” Wilson said. “After praying about it, I found a good peace about going to Clemson. It was almost the same as when I committed on my visit. I sent out a letter to the scouting bureau and the scouts informing them I was coming to school. Several of them were shocked but they understood.”
Wilson is hitting .424 this season with nine doubles, two triples, and six home runs in 66 at-bats this season. He has 31 RBIs, 27 runs scored, 17 walks and also sports a .523 on-base percentage for his high school club.
Wesleyan Christian has two more regular seasons games still to play next week before the start of the high school playoffs.
“I have such an awesome feeling about going to Clemson,” Wilson said. “This team has a really special few classes there now and ours will only make it better. I am ready to make an impact early next year and look forward to making the Tiger tradition - Omaha - come true again.”
Wilson, who could play shortstop or third base for the Tigers, will enroll this summer.