DeAndre Smelter Signs With GT Baseball

DeAndre Smelter Signs With GT Baseball

Talented two sport athlete DeAndre Smelter had some good news for a college in the state of Georgia. DeAndre is considered one of, if not the best, baseball prospect in the state of Georgia. Today he signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

DeAndre Smelter - Profile

I understand you signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Georgia Tech?

"Yes sir, I did. I had a signing ceremony today at my school at 9:45 AM."

What made you decide to go ahead and sign today?

"I just wanted to sign in the early signing period and get the recruiting over with, so I can concentrate on school and baseball for Tatnall Square this spring."

What other schools were you considering?

"To be honest, there were really only two schools I was considering: Georgia Tech and Georgia. Once I gave up football, those were the only schools I was considering for baseball. Throughout the recruiting process they have been pretty much even."

What made Georgia Tech more appealing than Georgia?

"I felt real comfortable with the staff and school at Georgia Tech. When we (DeAndre and his Mom) went up there, they really made us feel real welcome. My Mom really enjoyed the trip up there as did I. Everything was very good at Georgia Tech. We felt comfortable at Georgia too but Georgia Tech just felt like it was the best for me and that's what made them the team for me."

Did the fact that Kevin Brown is your mentor and is Georgia Tech alum play any part into your decision?

"No sir, not at all. He has been very supportive of me all the way and told me that my decision, no matter what it was, would be one that he would support 100%. He has always wanted nothing but the best for me all along this recruiting process."

When did you decide to give up football?

"It was probably in the middle of the summer. I knew I wanted to focus mainly on baseball, so I didn't do the summer workouts for football. I decided baseball was the best way for me to go."

Have you heard anything about where you might be drafted in next year's June draft?

"No sir, not anything real concrete as far what spot I will go in the draft. I know I want to go in the first round to show that all my hard work has paid off. I still know to be drafted is a real privilege and an honor. No matter where I am drafted, it will be something I will be proud of. I will always look at it as a privilege just to be drafted."


Dale's Take:

DeAndre was happy to have his recruiting behind him so he can focus everything on his last few months of his senior year of high school and his baseball future as well. I spoke with his Mom as well and she is very happy for DeAndre and excited about his decision. Now comes the hard part for Yellow Jacket fans, wondering if DeAndre will suit up for the Georgia Tech on the diamond. It will all come down to where DeAndre is drafted and if he likes what is in front of him.

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