"We're very proud of this group and very proud of what's ahead for us and what we feel like is a pretty good tradition going on here."
With that introduction from JCJC head coach Christian Ostrander, eight new faces became official members of the Bobcats baseball program.
Seven players were able to make the signing ceremony and South Jones Brave, Clint Sasser, says he pictured this day for a long time.
"I've always had a dream to play at JC since I was a kid because my dad used to bring me up here and I would watch the games and [former] coach Bobby Glaze kind of edged me to come here when I was younger.
"It was just an amazing opportunity and I'm so thankful to come here and play next year."
One of Sasser's new teammates is Logan Robbins, the little brother of Southern Miss outfielder Mason Robbins, and coach Ostrander expects the family success to continue.
"One of the top arms in the state without a doubt. He's a left handed arm. He's also a pretty good outfielder too and he'll get a chance to explore that here as well.
"He's obviously from a great athletic family and it's kind of in their blood, so we're excited about getting him."
Full list of signees provided by JCJC athletics.
Mason Irby: C/UT/ Southeast Lauderdale HS / Meridian, MS / 5'10'' 180 lbs.
2013 Stats: .343 Batting Average / 10 Doubles / 2 HR / .481 OBP /
2013 District 5-3A "All District Team" / 2013 1st Team All State
Has the ability to catch, play 1B, and outfield… Sweet left-handed swing that has the ability to hit for high average… 30 on the ACT
Wesley Johnson: RHP/ UT/ Bartlett High School / Bartlett, TN. / 6'1'' 190 lbs.
2013 Stats: .390 average / 9 HR / 21 Doubles / 42 RBI / 28 runs scored / 18-18 SB /
2013 District 14AAA "Player of the Year" / 2013 All-District / 2013 Shelby County All-Metro / 2013 TSWA All-State Team / 2013 TBCA All-State 3rd Team / 2013 TBCA High School All-Star Team
Will pitch and play defense, hit… Flexibility at corner infield positions and any outfield spot… Fastball reaches 90 mph… Also played football in high school and caught 6 touchdowns with 606 yards receiving, 2012 Shelby County All-Metro in Football…
Dalton Kittrell: RHP / Greene County HS / State Line, MS / 6'1'' 190 lbs.
2013 Stats: 19 innings pitched / 27 strikeouts / 3.32 ERA / .382 Batting Average
2013 District 5-4A "All-District" Team
Big, strong, right-handed power arm… Fastball has been recorded in the low 90's…
Chris Richardson: INF / Simpson County Academy / Magee, MS / 5'10'' 160 lbs.
2013 Stats: .397 Batting Average / 3 Homeruns / 24 RBI / 10 Stolen Bases
2013 1st Team All-District / 2012 1st Team All-District
True shortstop with range… can play any spot on the field defensively… smart ballplayer with great feel for the game…
Logan Robbins: LHP/OF / George County HS / Lucedale, MS / 6'1'' 175 lbs.
2013 Stats: .342 Batting Average / 28 RBI / 3 Homeruns / 1.2 ERA / 77 K's / 65 Innings Pitched
2013 District 8-6A "All-District Team" / 2013 6A All-State Team / MS Junior Sunbelt Classic Selection
LHP/RHH that will pitch as well as play in the outfield… Good velocity on fastball climbing to the upper 80's, and has plus off-speed stuff… pitched a no-hitter as a junior, 5 consecutive shutouts…
Clint Sasser: INF / OF / South Jones HS / Ellisville, MS / 5'8'' 160 lbs.
2013 Stats: .435 Batting Average / 6 Doubles / 17 RBI /
2013 All-District Team / 2013 All-State Team
Good hands, middle guy, can play the outfield as well… incredible game speed, foot speed… will bring solid defensive play and speed to the lineup…
Justin Smith: INF / OF / Stone High School / Wiggins, MS / 5'9'' 175 lbs.
2013 Stats: .260 Batting Average / 20 Stolen Bases / 2 home runs
Brings speed and athleticism to the table… good hands and actions on infield… defensive flexibility and feel on base paths… strong… will play football as well… scored 21 touchdowns as a senior running back and ran for 1446 yards…
John Alan Wall: OF / Northwest Rankin HS / Brandon, MS / 6'3'' 190 lbs.
2013 Stats: .440 Batting Average / 13 Doubles / 5 Home Runs / 36 RBI / 18 Stolen Bases
2013 District 4-6A "All District" Team / 2013 All-Metro Selection
Tall, long, athletic outfielder that hits for power as well as average… runs well and has a strong arm...