By RYAN HERMAN
Chandler Jenkins has decided where he wants to play college baseball.
The West Lincoln standout verbally committed to Gardner-Webb University on Monday, the left-hander said on Twitter.
Jenkins, who holds the record for saves at West Lincoln with 11, chose the Bulldogs after they were the only program to give him a formal offer, he said.
He can officially sign when the early signing period begins next month.
“I chose Gardner-Webb because it is a great community and the campus is full of great people,” Jenkins said. “I also chose it because it has a great surrounding and the coaches are a great group of guys that do anything and everything for their players and develop great relationships with them.”
Jenkins finished his junior season with team highs in hits (33), doubles (nine), home runs (two), RBIs (33), total bases (48) and batting average (.370), and is a career .330 hitter.
The Rebels went 24-6 last season and came up a win short of playing for a regional championship.
Jenkins, who plays showcase baseball for the DirtBags, is the first Rebels player to be named to the all-conference team and be selected to participate in the Powerade State Games of N.C. in the same season, coach Allan Chapman said.
Jenkins has 102 strikeouts to 40 walks in his pitching career.
“Off the field he is just as good a person as he is a player on the field,” Chapman said. “Chandler is a hard-working, dedicated student and a tremendous teammate that everyone enjoys being around.”
If Jenkins signs, he will become the 23rd player in Chapman’s 19-year tenure to sign with a college program.