CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College head coach baseball coach Elton Pollock announced the signing of four student-athletes to NLIs during the early signing period, which began last week. Matthew Burke, Garrett Jones, Cade Owens and Ashby Smith will each join the program beginning with the 2019 season.

“It is difficult to find words to appropriately describe the quality of players we’ve been able to recruit in recent years, and these four guys are no exception,” said Pollock. “My hat goes off to all the hard work of my assistant coaches for their efforts and a job well done.  I am extremely excited about each of our incoming recruits and the impact they will have on the Blue Hose baseball program for years to come.”

Matthew Burke – OF – L/L – 6-0 – 180 – Weddington, N.C. – Weddington HS

Three-time letterwinner as an outfielder and left-handed pitcher at Weddington High School…2017 All-County Honorable Mention…named 2017 Rawlings Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman Honorable Mention All-American…team has advanced past the first round playoffs in each of his three seasons…played for the Evoshield Canes in club ball…won the Dynamic Baseball 17U World Championship…named one of the top 150 teams in the nation…member of S.A.D.D and the French Club…volunteered with Challenge Buddy, which helps special needs kids play football and bowl…his father, Blake, played baseball Georgia Tech

Garrett Jones – INF – R/R – 5-10 – 180 – Chesapeake, Va. – Patrick Henry CC

Played one season at Patrick Henry Community College…batted .296 with five home runs, 38 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 56 games with the Patriots…letter four times at Greenbrier Christian Academy prior to college…All-State and All-Conference selection as a senior…two-time State Champion…team captain as a senior...member of the Beta Club and FCA in high school…received the Academic Achievement Award and Teachers Award...volunteered as youth baseball coach…his father, Les, played football at Virginia State…mother, Amy, played basketball at Davis and Elkins College…brother, Trent, is a freshman baseball player at Gardner-Webb

Cade Owens – RHP – R/R – 6-0 – 175 – Cumming, Ga. – West Forsyth High School

Lettered at West Forsyth High School…pitched 18.0 innings as a junior…played for Georgia Bombers in club ball…twice named to Perfect Game All-Tournament team…recorded a 4.30 ERA in 18.0 innings pitch with 15 strikeouts…part of his high school’s culinary program…his father, Greg, played football at PC from 1989-91

Ashby Smith – INF – R/R – 6-0 – 185 – Gaffney, S.C. – Gaffney HS

Two-sport athlete at Gaffney High School…All-Region and second team All-State selection…won the team batting title…batted .412 with five home runs and 41 RBIs…also plays quarterback on the football team…member of the Beta Club…made the honor roll