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Talking Texas with 2022 Baseball Commit Jared Thomas

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The six-time NCAA Champion Texas Baseball program has secured commitments from a myriad of top prospects recently.

The 2020 baseball class was at one point, regarded as the best in the nation via Baseball America. However, the 2020 MLB Draft saw four of these Longhorns selected which ultimately ended with them signing professional deals. The Cleveland Indians took shortstop Carson Tucker in the first round and outfielder Petey Halpin in the third round.

Pittsburgh took pitcher Jared Jones, while the White Sox took pitcher Jared Kelley just a few picks later. All four turned down an opportunity to play at the collegiate level at Texas in favor of turning pro.

The Longhorns have since added a pair of graduate transfers in St. John’s Mike Antico and UTSA’s Palmer Wenzel. Now, they get Waxahachie’s, Jared Thomas.

“I chose Texas for a couple of reasons. They’re a winning program and I want to win, no matter what it takes. Another is that I grew up watching guys play in the burnt orange and wanted to be a part of it. Dream come true,” Thomas said.

Thomas won’t be a Longhorn until the 2022 class but has already shut down his recruitment. He’s a left-handed pitcher who plays for the Dallas Tiger-Polk 16U club team. Since he was a child, Thomas has always wanted to play baseball. 

“One day when I was about five or six my dad asked me if I was even interested in playing baseball. Uncertain, I said yeah sure. When I got on the field and felt the crack of the bat in my hands it was one of the best feelings in the world,” Thomas explained.

Thomas has been winning pitching MVP for various tournaments for Polk for the past couple of years. He’s one of the best pitchers on the club team. Thomas is capable with a bat as well. In one of Waxahachie’s last games of the season against Birdville, Thomas went 4-for-4 including hitting the walk-off single.

“Preparation,” The lefty said on what leads to his success. “If you put the blood sweat and tears into being successful, good things are bound to happen.”

The Longhorns haven’t won the Big-12 tournament since 2015. In the past decade, they’ve only made the NCAA tournament five times. Despite some of the top talent in the 2020 class moving on to the major leagues, the Longhorns did retain Tanner Witt, a prospect who was viewed as a potential high pick but wasn’t taken in the draft.

Texas has been on a roll in future classes securing commitments from Ace Whitehead of Lampasas in 2021, Brenner Cox of Rockhill in 2022, Jared Thomas in 2022, and Lane Allen of Denton Guyer in 2023 among others.

“I’m most excited to push and be pushed by others to win,” Thomas said.

With commits like Thomas to look forward too in the future, Texas Baseball fans should be excited. Despite a few players going to the majors and the 2019 season being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of Texas Baseball is glaringly bright.

“Fans should know that I will do whatever it takes to help the longhorns bring home a championship. I will do whatever it takes to have a W in the win column after every game.”

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