SUWANEE, Ga. - Most of the outfielders on South Carolina’s roster came into the program as infielders. The efforts in the 2013 class centered on landing players who were outfielders by trade at the high school level and one who fits the bill is Brock Maxwell (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert).
Class of 2013 outfielder Brock Maxwell
Maxwell was one of the final members of the 2013 class committing to the Gamecocks at the end of July over Florida State, Auburn, Georgia Tech and others.
After finishing his high school football season as the team’s quarterback and punter, Maxwell went to work on the baseball field. He flew under the radar through a lot of the recruiting process because of his dedication to the football team. He played in 7-on-7 tournaments in the summer with the Lambert football squad instead of playing showcase baseball.
Now, he’s focused full time on baseball and it’s showing.
“I’m happy with the way I’m playing right now,” Maxwell said. “I’m seeing the ball pretty good and hitting my pitch when they throw it to me.”
On the field, Maxwell can hit for average and is steadily developing some power as he matures. He has a very good arm from the outfield and the speed and range to make him a viable option at any of the three positions.
Earlier this season against Alpharetta, the 6-foot, 175-pounder was 4-for-4 with seven RBIs, two singles, a double and a home run. In his most recent game, the high school centerfielder was 2-for-5 with another pair of doubles.
“I wanted to work on picking my own pitch to hit and seeing the ball better,” Maxwell said of his focus entering the season. “I just wanted to become a better hitter at the plate. I need to get stronger to hang with SEC players.”
This weekend will be Maxwell’s first trip to Columbia this season to take in a baseball game. Maxwell will come to town on Sunday for the series finale against Kentucky.
Class of 2013 outfielder Gene Cone
“They’re looking pretty good so far this season,” Maxwell said. “I look forward to seeing the skill set and see how much I need to improve to get to that level so I can be starting as a freshman.”
Check Maxwell's profile linked above to see a video interview conducted at his high school earlier this week.
Other recruiting notes
-- Class of 2013 right-handed pitcher Canaan Cropper (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) allowed two runs in a complete game victory for his high school team on Thursday. He struck out 19 in the game. Pretty good. You can read about it and also check a few quick highlights and video interview with him here.
-- Class of 2014 right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt (Acworth, Ga./Allatoona) threw a five inning complete game shutout allowing one hit on Monday night. He threw only 58 pitches in the game and was also 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a walk.
-- South Carolina hosted an official visitor for the day on Friday as left-handed pitcher Eric Bauer (Longwood, Fla./College of Central Florida) came to campus. He arrived on Thursday and departed late Friday afternoon so he could be home in time to pitch on Saturday. Bauer has offers and interest from several schools, including East Carolina, Florida, Central Florida, College of Charleston and others. The Gamecocks are still weighing whether or not to offer a scholarship and guaranteed spot on the team. He would be a welcomed walk-on.
-- There are several commitments who plan to visit this weekend for the Kentucky series including Maxwell and outfielder Gene Cone (Columbia/Spring Valley) from the 2013 class. From the 2014 class, outfielder O’Kevius Conway (Clinton/Clinton) and outfielder Clark Scolamiero (Greenville/Greenville). From the 2015 class, shortstop LT Tolbert (Piedmont/Wren) and left-handed pitcher Kyle Anderson (Evans, Ga./Evans) will be in town.
A pair of 2016 targets, catcher Jared Firmstone (Greenville/Greenville) and right-handed pitcher Duncan Callahan (Dillon/Dillon) will be on campus for a game. Class of 2015 catcher Matt Anderson (Evans, Ga./Evans), who is Kyle’s twin brother and also being recruited heavily by the Gamecocks, will also be in town for Sunday’s game.
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