The Southeastern Athletic Conference seems to dominate College Baseball, and Arkansas High pitcher Cody Adcock will join the prestigious league after signing his letter-of-intent with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Wednesday morning at the Red Wall at Arkansas High School.
After coaches and Athletic Director, Barry Norton, commented on how many people look up to Adcock, he gave a lot of credit to his older brother, who is also playing collegiate baseball.
“For me, my brother was my role model and now he’s playing college baseball, so I really looked up to him and just to play that role for other kids is big for me,” Adcock said. “He pushed me to work harder, to study harder and he was always there for me when I needed him.”
It’s always been a dream of Adcock’s to go play collegiate baseball, specifically at Ole Miss.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Ole Miss,” Adcock said. “I didn’t really believe it’d happen, but here I am!”
Adcock turns Rebel leaving Razorbacks
Adcock joked about going to an SEC school, but it not being the University of Arkansas.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I’m not going to Arkansas, I just felt better going to Ole Miss. It felt like home.”
Arkansas High baseball coach Layne Berry is good family friends with the Adcock’s and was coaching when Cody’s brother went through high school. He was excited for the family and Cody specifically to achieve his dreams.
“It’s a thrill to see it happen, to become real life for him,” Berry said. “For us to be able to do this, and for Cody, this is something he’s dream about for a while. So, for that to come full circle is an exciting day.”
Coach eager to see star pitcher in action
With Adcock’s final high school baseball season on the horizon, Coach Berry is looking forward to what he has in store this spring as being one of the top pitchers in the state of Arkansas.
“Cody brings a lot to us,” Berry said. “I think it’s more of his competitive spirit that he has, instead of pitches. He goes out and battles with the best of them and has always done that. From his ninth grade year to somebody throwing the ball up and in, and kind of knocking him down at the plate. He’s getting up wanting to go at the guy. Cody is always competitive, wanting to get after somebody. He’s a leader and he’s been a leader on the field and off the field, in the weight room. He goes at those guys and makes them work harder to get better. He’s a great kid for sure.”
Arkansas High’s first game of the 2020 baseball season is on Feb. 26 in a benefit game against Benton, La., in Texarkana. The Razorbacks’ first regular season game is March 2 when they travel to New Boston.
Ole Miss has made the NCAA National Tournament in back-to-back years, including a Super Regional appearance last year.