Alabama lefty commits to Arkansas

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
An Arkansas baseball hat sits atop a glove in the dugout prior to an SEC Tournament game against LSU on Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Hoover, Ala.
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An Arkansas baseball hat sits atop a glove in the dugout prior to an SEC Tournament game against LSU on Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Hoover, Ala.

— Arkansas received a commitment Tuesday from an Alabama pitcher.

Florence, Ala., left-hander Evan Taylor committed to the Razorbacks on the same day he was offered. Taylor was in Fayetteville to tour Baum Stadium and the University of Arkansas campus.

"It was exciting to be offered," Taylor said. "I was happy to get it and something I really wanted to happen.

"I really liked Arkansas and decided that was a good fit for me."

Taylor (6-4, 215 pounds) pitched in front of Arkansas pitching coach Wes Johnson last month at an event in Atlanta while playing for the Louisiana Knights summer team.

"We talked and I really liked Coach Johnson," Taylor said. "He seems to really know what he's talking about and is a good guy. I just liked him from the first time I talked to him."

As a junior at Florence, Taylor was 3-5 overall with an ERA "around 2.20 in around 50 innings," he said. Official stats were not listed on his team's website.

Taylor's two-seam fastball has been clocked at 91 mph, and he also throws a curveball and a change-up.

Prior to Arkansas, Taylor's offer list included small colleges Pensacola State, Southeastern Louisiana and North Florida.

Verbal commitments are not binding.

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