Mason junior pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday morning, according to Mason coach Curt Bly.
Hutchison, one of the state’s top players in the 2015 class, also had offers from UC, Miami University, Ohio State and Kent State.
“Rodney is a big, physical prospect with a high ceiling,” said Chris Valentine, director of Ohio scouting for Prep Baseball Report.
“While he has shown the ability to swing the bat, most schools have viewed him as a pitcher at the next level. Over the past year, he has been a mid to high 80s (miles per hour) type arm, but given his frame and arm action, he could easily be a low 90s by the time he reaches UNC.”
Hutchison, who was second-team all-Greater Miami Conference last season, hit .359 with five doubles, four home runs, 38 RBI and two stolen bases for the Comets (26-1) last season. He was 3-0 with 26 strikeouts and 1.00 ERA last season on the mound as primarily a weekend starter last season as Mason had three top senior pitchers to open the season.
“Obviously Rodney had many terrific opportunities and schools and programs to choose from,” Bly said. “He really weighed everything. I think North Carolina’s tradition and where they are as a program was really attractive for Rodney. I think UNC was too strong of a pull for him to say no to.”