Jones to sign with Stanford on Wednesday
by Staff Reports
Watauga’s newest baseball player is the Pioneers’ latest player to sign a letter of intent.
Ryder Jones, who moved to Boone after his father, Bobby Jones, was named the head coach of the Appalachian State baseball team, will sign a letter-of-intent to play baseball at Stanford Wednesday at the Watauga High media center.
Jones, who can pitch, play shortstop and third base, has been recruited by several of the top programs in the country. Jones was one of 40 players who was invited to Team USA tryouts in Cary back in June.
Jones led Stillwater (Okla.) High school to its first playoff appearance in six years last season. He has a fastball that is in the 90-93 miles-per-hour range, and could be drafted into professional baseball this spring.
Watauga had several players sign letters of intent last season. Shortstop Max Linnville inked with Western Carolina, second baseman Ryan Turner signed with Navy, catcher David Martin signed with Lenoir-Rhyne and pitcher Ethan Greene signed with Pfeiffer. Matt Proffitt also signed with Brevard.