J.T. Hyer has been named Pitcher of the Week in the SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). The former Evans Knight is now a Junior at Paine College.
On April 14 the right hander tossed a complete game as the Lions beat Morris College 10-1. Hyer scattered 7 hits, struck out 4 batters, and allowed one unearned run in his gem.
Hyer has become somewhat of an iron man for Paine College.
He came to Paine three years ago to play baseball, but Hyer is now a four-sport athlete.
He ran cross country last fall and he added a pair of new sports to his résumé this spring when he joined the Lions’ track & field and golf teams.
To say Hyer has been a little busy lately would be an understatement. Following his stellar effort on the mound last week, he then joined the track & field team for a meet in Columbia on Saturday.
Next, he spent his Easter Sunday traveling to Birmingham, Ala., to join the golf team for a tournament.
He completed the 54-hole event Wednesday, but there was no time to rest because he joined the baseball team in Ozark, Ala., Wednesday night for their opening game in the SIAC Tournament.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired just typing out his schedule for the week, much less actually having to complete the schedule.
J.T., do not answer your phone; it just
might be Greg Ruffin
(Paine’s football coach)
RASHAD ROUNDTREE AND ZACH GIELLA made the ESPN 300, and offers are pouring in.
Lakeside’s Roundtree had a huge winter in terms of recruiting. Once Georgia made an offer to the 6-1, 195-pound safety on January 10, the other schools fell like dominos. He also flew up all the recruiting Web sites’ player rankings.
So, it was no surprise that when ESPN updated their “ESPN 300” for the Class of 2015 that Roundtree made the list as the 74th rated football prospect in America.
Actually, it was surprising he was not higher on the list, when you consider that he is rated as the No. 17 overall prospect in the nation, and the No. 1 safety in America by Rivals.com.
ESPN has Roundtree as a 4-Star prospect and the No. 3 Safety in the country.
Also, some may be surprised that Roundtree was not the only Columbia County prospect to make ESPN’s Top 300 List.
He also has a partner in making 2014-15 as easily the biggest football recruiting year in county history.
A rather large partner – 6-6, 300-pound Giella from Augusta Christian. Giella has been locking up major offers left and right, but being No. 299 on the ESPN 300 gives him his highest individual ranking thus far.
Like Roundtree, once a major program offered Giella a scholarship the flood gates opened. Kentucky extended an offer on Feb. 4.
Since then, Giella has offers from 15 other top-flight programs.
Michigan made an official offer to Giella on Wednesday bringing his total to 16 scholarship offers, and like Roundtree, it appears Giella will basically be able to pick most any program in the country when signing day rolls around next February.
Here is a list of offers for Columbia County’s “Big Two”
Rashad Roundtree: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Auburn South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississsippi State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Charlotte.
Zach Giella: LSU, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Miami (FL), Duke, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Clemson, California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arkansas State.
Over the last 40 years, the county has had numerous Division I Signees, but we have never had a single player with this many offers from the major programs, much less two players.
The next nine months should be a lot of fun.