Everette commits to Campbell

Published 4:29 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Washington left-handed pitcher Logan Everette knows the direction his baseball career is headed. The Pam Pack junior committed over the weekend to play Division I baseball at Campbell after his 2019 graduation.

It’s been a quick process. Everette heard from Campbell about two weeks ago. He visited the campus on Saturday and committed then.

“(I liked) the baseball field and just the campus,” he said. “… The coaches watched me in Georgia one time, they watched me at Duke, and they watched me at one of their camps.”

The decision was an easy one for Everette to make. He talked it over with those close to him before pledging to become a Camel.

“Some of it was so I wouldn’t have to worry about it over the next two years,” he said. “I can just relax and focus on going there and getting better. … Some of it was about money, and some of it was about why I wanted to go there and if I would like it there.”

The Pam Pack southpaw said he intends to study pre-medicine and anesthesiology.

Everette still has two seasons left to play in a Washington uniform. He’s shown plenty of upside during his junior-varsity tenure, sparing varsity appearances, and his various other ventures. He said he’s brought his pitch speed up to 85 miles per hour, too, and aims to be hurling the ball around 90.

Pam Pack coach Kevin Leggett sees Everette taking on increased responsibilities this year. The team lost two of its top pitchers in Tripp Barfield and Cody Godley. Everette will battle with the likes of seniors Frederick Anderson, Chris Sulc and Tyler Harrell. The hope is that competition will make the entire staff better.

“I think we’ll be pretty good. We’ll have our No. 2 and 3 pitchers back,” Leggett said. “… We’ll have to see how the guys do. Hopefully it puts some pressure under all of them to get better. Especially when we get to conference and you’ve only got two games a week, hopefully it’s pushing all of them to be the No. 1 either Tuesday or Friday.”

Everette’s decision is the second time in the past few months the Pam Pack has had a Division I commitment. Barfield, who graduated this past spring, it beginning his collegiate career at UNC-Asheville. It’s an indication of the caliber of baseball players coming from Washington.

“I think it’s a big accomplishment. It’s good for the program as a whole,” Leggett said. “That’s two Division I commits very close to each other. … To already be looked at by Division I schools, that’s really a good sign for the program.”

Everette is coming off of a sophomore season in which he led the Pam Pack JV squad with a .508 batting average. He picked up four wins in nine appearances on the mound. He also notched five strikeouts in just two innings pitched on varsity.