Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Cabot pitcher commits to Arkansas
An Arkansas baseball hat and glove sit in the dugout prior to a game against Miami (Ohio) on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas received a commitment from a Cabot pitcher Wednesday to bring the Razorbacks' class of 2019 total to nine commits, including three from Arkansas.
Left-hander Zack Morris (6-2, 228 pounds) committed five days after being offered by the Razorbacks. Arkansas pitching coach Wes Johnson watched Morris pitch in Fort Smith last Thursday and Morris toured the Razorbacks' facilities a day later.
"I've been an Arkansas fan all my life and grown up cheering and calling the Hogs," Morris said. "When I was told to call the pitching coach, I was shocked and it gave me a good feeling."
Morris is the third player from Cabot High School to commit to an SEC program this summer. Sophomore outfielder Clayton Gray committed to Arkansas and sophomore outfielder Houston King committed to Kentucky in June.
"It's pretty cool; you see on our team a bunch of ball players," Morris said. "You can tell they have potential. It's a good feeling to know we have those type of guys on our team."
Morris' fastball ranges from 85-87 mph. As a sophomore, Morris recorded a 3.39 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings for Cabot, which won the state championship in Arkansas' largest classification.
He was offered by Arkansas State and had received interest from Ole Miss and Kansas State.
PrepBaseballReport.com rates Morris the No. 6 player in Arkansas in the rising junior class. The Razorbacks have commitments from the state's top two recruits in the class, Springdale Har-Ber right-handed pitcher Blake Adams and Little Rock Christian catcher Cason Tollett.
Adams and Tollett play with Morris on the Arkansas Sticks travel team, which includes 11 players committed to SEC programs, including nine to the Razorbacks.
Verbal commitments are not binding.
2019 Arkansas Baseball Commitments
Blake Adams, RHP, 6-2, 190, Springdale (Har-Ber), Ark.
Bryce Matthews, OF, 6-4, 185, Parker (Chaparral), Colo.
Zack Morris, LHP, 6-2, 228, Cabot, Ark.
Travis Odom, SS, 6-1, 160, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Nathan Rintz, RHP, 6-0, 155, Schaumburg, Ill.
Nate Stevens, C, 5-11, 160, Madison (Waunakee), Wisc.
Dominic Tamez, C, 5-10, 190, San Antonio (Johnson), Texas
Cason Tollett, C, 6-1, 185, Little Rock (Christian), Ark.
Nolan Wosman, SS, 6-2, 180, Palmyra, Mo.
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