Kecoughtan pitcher Nate Matheson, a junior left-hander with a strong upside, has committed to South Carolina's nationally prominent baseball program.
Matheson said the Gamecocks' coaches saw him pitch for the Canes 17-under team at a tournament in Florida earlier this month. USC assistant Sammy Esposito extended the offer through Canes coach Mike Petty.
"I'll be going down in a couple of weeks or so to work out the details of the scholarship," Matheson said. "I hadn't planned on making a commitment until next summer or so. This was definitely earlier than expected."
Matheson said he also had received offers from Maryland, Old Dominion and Virginia Tech.
Matheson, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, went 5-1 with the Warriors last season with an 0.91 ERA. He struck out 46 batters in 38 2/3 innings. He also batted .382 with 17 RBI.
"When he was a freshman and pitching behind Jake Cave, you could tell he had a live arm and a good breaking pitch," Kecoughtan coach Brett Wheeler said. "Since I got the job here and we've been working, he's showed me a lot. Everyone who has seen him pitch in fall ball has said, 'Whoa, he's really good.'
"This is awesome for him. His dream has always been to play in the SEC, and South Carolina is such a powerhouse."
The Gamecocks, who won the national championship in 2010 and '11, are under first-year head coach Chad Holbrook.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun