When Hayden Skipper goes to college to play baseball, he doesn’t have to worry about changing school colors.
The soon-to-be Coffee County Central Red Raider junior baseball player announced last week that he is verbally committing to play college baseball for the University of Louisville – a college program that has put together an impressive 509-203 record over the past 12 seasons under head coach Dan McConnell and competes in the ACC conference.
“I think Louisville has one of the winningest programs in the country over the last 12 years, and it’s hard to not like that and want to be a part of that,” said Skipper, who committed to Louisville over Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University and Lipscomb, among others. “They wanted me, and I felt the same way.”
Skipper, who plays outfield and pitches for Coffee County, is being recruited to be a two-way player at Louisville, something he said that excites him. He will have the opportunity to pitch and play in the outfield.
“I was looking for an opportunity to be in the lineup and hit, and they are recruiting me as a two-way player.”
Skipper isn’t yet eligible to sign a national letter of intent due to collegiate guidelines. But now that he has verbally made his decision, he feels relieved.
“It takes the world off my shoulders, now I can just get in the cage and get better and continue to develop as much as possible,” explained Skipper. “I want to compete at a high level and I want to earn everything. And I look forward to what is next.”
He said he had to thank an “army” of people for his baseball success so far.
“My parents (Richard and Jenny Skipper) are a huge part of my life and they have meant to much to me. And I’ve had so many coaches who have done so much for me, it’s an army of people to thank, really.”
Skipper’s current high school coach, David Martin, said Louisville is getting a quality player.
“As excited as I am for Hayden, I know Louisville is getting a quality person and a quality player,” said Martin, who just completed his third season as the head coach at Coffee County. “He does everything the right way and is very deserving of this. And he will use this as a tool to make himself better. He will push to work harder and make a difference here and up there in college. He puts in the time and it shows.”