Will it be MLB or NCAA for Georgia Tech football recruit??? ‘Superman’ on torrid baseball streak

It was easy to figure out when Blessed Trinity baseball star Jake Skole had returned to the team from his ankle injury.

Skole: Georgia Tech vs. MLB (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Skole: Georgia Tech vs. MLB (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

How so? The major-league baseball scouts started showing back up at the team’s games.

Nearly 30 MLB scouts watched Skoke put on a show in Tuesday’s sweep over Pierce County in the Class AA quarterfinals. The Titans (24-10) won a pair of five-inning games by the scores of 12-2 and 11-1.

Skole might be the state’s hottest player. Since returning from his injury, he has six homeruns and 21 RBI in six games — all playoff games.

“That’s impressive, isn’t it? He was out for most of the year,” Blessed Trinity coach Andy Harlin said. “Six homeruns in the playoffs? I don’t even know what to tell you about that one.

“He’s just one you sit back when you coach him, fold your arms and say ‘That a boy.’ He just has so much tremendous ability.”

In the Tuesday’s opening game, Skole blasted a homer that easily cleared the 385-foot sign in center. In the nightcap, perhaps just to show the crowd of scouts watching his every move that the ankle was fine, Skole led off by bunting toward third base for a single.

“There’s a reason why all the scouts are here,” Harlin said. “He can lay one down for a bunt, then hit one over the centerfield wall for homerun on a low and away pitch. He’s just … Superman.”

Skole has signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech, and plans to walk-on the school’s baseball team. However, he is also a candidate to be selected in the top 10 rounds of next month’s baseball draft, and maybe even higher after his playoff performance.

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“Right now, I’m planning on going to Georgia Tech,” Skole said. “I haven’t thought about (draft scenarios) because I’m focused on helping our team try to win the state championship.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Skole was injured in the season’s third game, when he raced to beat out a bunt and clipped the foot of the Alpharetta first baseman. Skole rolled his right ankle, and missed the next six weeks with an ankle sprain and bone bruises.

“It was tough hearing the news about the injury,” Skole said. “After I sprained it, I thought I’d be out a week or so. Then I got an MRI, and it showed pretty bad bone bruises, so I would be out longer.”

“I’m just glad my team kept winning so I could be with them in the playoffs.”

Blessed Trinity’s Alex Cruz, who has signed baseball scholarship with Georgia Tech, had three hits, including a homerun and two doubles, in the Tuesday’s second game. Cruz had six RBI, knocking in the winning run in the top of the fifth.

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What do I think about Skole? I think Georgia Tech is on the brink of losing one of the members of its 2010 football recruiting class. You know, 30 MLB scouts don’t show up at a high school baseball game in mid-May to evaluate a player that they may draft. He is going to be drafted. Will he sign? It all depends on how high Skole gets drafted. Only a few weeks ago, there were a lot of mixed feelings about Skole among the MLB scouts. It’s amazing how quickly things have changed over six games. You should’ve seen them drooling on Tuesday. If Skole keeps up the pace, no telling how high he will go. I think Skole is a goner — if he gets respect in the draft — because he holds leverage like few others in Georgia, which by the way is expected to have one of its strongest high school classes ever for the June baseball draft. What leverage? Jake signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech. If he decided to go pro in baseball, as long as he didn’t enroll in any college classes, he could give it 4-5 years in baseball to see how far he makes it. Then, if he was unsatisfied in baseball, he could sign a D1 football scholarship (aka Chris Weinke, Quincy Carter), and return to college on a football scholarship. He is privy to the best of both worlds. Go see Skole in the playoffs if you can. He is one of several big-timers on Blessed Trinity’s baseball team.

35 comments Add your comment

daddy

May 18th, 2010
11:09 pm

really, first

Buzz29

May 18th, 2010
11:16 pm

Is he Matt’s brother? Sounds like the kid has a bright future. Keep it up Jake and we hope to see you on The Flats!

Innocent Bystander

May 19th, 2010
12:00 am

Yes, he’s Matt’s younger brother. Hope he ends up coming to Tech, although it sounds like he may be going to the MLB (in which case I hope the Braves land him!)

chris o bomb

May 19th, 2010
2:17 am

the money’s not great, if you dont get picked high. my guess is he will be on the flats and the best scenery in college baseball soon. kick the pups in two sports… not bad. And, he can always get drafted after his freshman year in baseball.

Buzz29

May 19th, 2010
3:37 am

I’m not positive Chris but I think Jake won’t be draft eligible in baseball until after his junior year if he attends any college classes.

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Ric Flair

May 19th, 2010
8:37 am

Sounds like he can’t go wrong. Wonder if he has thought about a career in professional wrestling. Woo!

Tech Man

May 19th, 2010
9:11 am

If he signs with Tech and plays on the baseball team, he won’t be eligible for the pros until after his junior year. Additionally, if he goes pro after he finishes his junior year, he can still stay enrolled at Tech and play football after his minor league season. He does have the best of both worlds.

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Dawg Fan

May 19th, 2010
9:32 am

chris o bomb, learn something boy. once you enroll have to stay 3 years in football or baseball.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 19th, 2010
9:48 am

Did I miss what position he was recruited for in football?

RAMBLER

May 19th, 2010
10:01 am

SAFETY AT GT IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD. THE KID HAS TALENT, AND COULD BE MOVED TO WR AS WELL…WE NEED WR’S AND DON’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE JAKE PLAY WR AT GT. OUR SECONDARY IS LOADED AND THERE IS A LOG JAM THERE, EXPECT TO SEE JAKE MOVE TO THE OFFENSE.

GTGRAD

May 19th, 2010
10:39 am

Michael, why are you calling him “SuperMan”?

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 19th, 2010
10:54 am

Thanks Rambler

The Dude

May 19th, 2010
11:58 am

Actually, “Dawg Fan”, the NFL’s stipulation has to do with an age limit. You have to be 21. For most that’s three years; but for some it’s only two, for others four.

Brunswick Tech

May 19th, 2010
12:54 pm

he needs to follow big bros lead here. Get some schooling and then move on.

Jose

May 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

you speek a spanny?

RambleOn84

May 19th, 2010
1:42 pm

It would be nice to have him at Tech, but take the money while you can!

I will NEVER rag on a guy for going pro early…

Snoopy

May 19th, 2010
1:47 pm

The Dude.. Wrong… It’s 3 years after you graduate from HS…

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 19th, 2010
1:51 pm

Hmmmm Pro sports or getting mugged on North ave ???

Hmmmm Money in the bank or getting destroyed by UGA ???

Decatur Tech Fan

May 19th, 2010
1:54 pm

Come to the Flats then follow Tex, Omah, Varitek, and Kevin Brown and make millions!!!

richard cranium

May 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

He could help GT get to the College World Series..

Hope he sticks. He can play pro later.

Bill

May 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

Little clarification….if you are 21 before a certain date ( July 1), you can go into te MLB draft even if you are a soph. Once you enroll, you are elgible at 21 or junior year unless you transfer to a JC. Then you can enter MLB after 2 years at JC..Skole can go to Tech if he wants to play with his brother. It will be a tough call, but teams are paying kids big money in the middle rounds depending on who drafts them. Used to be if you were top 10, you would get the good money. But there have been large bonus money given to kids in later rounds to keep them from going to school. So nothing is in stone anymore.Could go either way depending on who drafts him and his desire to play with his brother.

GTSteve

May 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

Yeah, I am confused, why does he not show up on Rivals as signed in the last recruiting class. Is he walking on or getting Baseball scholarship, or am I just confused???

Randall

May 19th, 2010
7:48 pm

He has a football scholly but will be walking on for the baseball team.

Michael Carvell

May 20th, 2010
12:12 am

How about this? Skole sticks to his script about going to Georgia Tech, scares major-league teams away, and then Braves draft him late but offer top-round $$$.

Steven Blackwood

May 20th, 2010
8:16 am

Unless he is offered $1M+, I would come to Tech and play both sports. The value of the education in the long run will outweigh the money out of high school. I am sure people will think it is crazy to not sign for over $500K, but MLB is a business. I have seen too many players sign out of high school in the Top 10 rounds, then not make it in the minors, and then not return to college. Best of luck to Skole and his family.

I Hate The AJC

May 20th, 2010
8:30 am

Spin, spin, all information to make GA Tech look bad and uga look good.

THORNTON PICKS UGA – HOW GREAT FOR FOX! But in that aritcle no where did you mention that he wanted GA Tech and Tech couldn’t take him due to ACC rules.

SKOLE MIGHT LEAVE GA TECH! This is true for any high school person. Their commitment to a college is soft. Many have selected other options for many reasons. Do you also write such an article every time a uga commitment ‘leaves’?

I HATE THE AJC!

dawgs01

May 20th, 2010
11:12 am

If he gets drafted early i say go pro and if it does not work out come back to football. I hope the Braves get you.

Michael Carvell

May 20th, 2010
12:13 pm

@I HATE, thanks for expressing your views, but please get your facts straight …

1. Thornton’s second choice was Texas, not Georgia Tech

2. On Skole, yes, any football recruit drafted high in ba$eball, will consider taking it. We’ve talked about UGA recruits in the past (ie Xavier Avery), and will continue to do so. Where has Skole “left”?

I hate gtu

May 20th, 2010
2:12 pm

To – I Hate The AJC – there is nothing about gtu that is relevant to anyone except techies. Even your uniform color reflects how others view you, P!$$ poor excuse for a school.

THWGT!!!!!!!

Florida fan = jean shorts

May 24th, 2010
1:07 am

should they talk about tech’s 41st ranked recruiting class from last year? (scout)

Rafael I Cruz

May 25th, 2010
8:21 pm

That kid Alex Cruz is pretty good SS too, good range, silk hands, and is developing a lot of power, he hit .540 somehing this season with Blessed Trinity but I don’t hear to much about him been drafted, I know that he twice worked out with the Atlanta Braves and once with the Royals.

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