Lang chooses MGCCC

By CAMAL PETRO,

A former Hattiesburg Tiger and Jackson State commit has a new home for his baseball future.

Jamarcus Lang, who played all around the infield and pitched for the Tigers during his high school career, announced on Twitter Friday that he will attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to play baseball for the next couple of seasons.

“It’s wonderful,” he told PineBeltSPORTS Friday. “It took a long process – a long time. I’m ready to be Bulldog.”

After Hattiesburg’s season came to an end in the 5A South State Championship series in May, Lang announced he was de-committing from Jackson State, saying on Twitter, “After a lot of thought and discussion with my family and coach, I am deciding to de-commit from Jackson State. Thank you (assistant) coach (Christopher) Crenshaw and the rest of the coaching staff at JSU for the great opportunity and making me a part of the family.”

Lang said he had multiple schools contact him after the de-commitment, but ultimately decided on the Bulldogs’ program. He has high expectations for himself there, too.

“I had to think about a lot,” Lang said. “I had to think it over with my parents and the coaches. It’s closer to home, really close. They had a nice record last year, and I feel like if I can do two years, I think I can get out of there and into the draft.”

Lang hit .293 as a senior with 14 RBI from the plate. On the mound, he was 2-1 on the season with 33 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. He said the MGCCC coaches want him to play both in the field and pitch.

For now, Lang is going to do whatever it takes to be ready for the fall.

“(I’ll be) getting prepared,” he said. “I have to prepare myself. I have to be very prepared, because I want to go up there and get a starting position.” 

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