By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 24, 2014) – Woodgrove High School senior Matt Jeffery has committed to join head coach Doug Little at Potomac State College of West Virginia University where he will continue his baseball career starting in the 2013-2014 school year.
“To be officially committed means that I don’t have to worry anymore about what college I am going to go to,” said the 5-foot-10 Jeffery.
Jeffery noted he chose the WVU-affiliated junior college because of a number of reasons including that he wanted to play for coach Little.
“They have an all-around excellent baseball program, and the coaches are some of the best junior college coaches on the east coast,” Jeffery said. “Even though I received Division I offers, I wanted to play baseball: I didn’t want to sit around on the bench my freshman and sophomore year waiting for all the juniors and seniors to graduate. I got the impression while I was looking at different colleges that the senior players who had already earned their way were going to be the ones to be playing.”
The Round Hill-resident has never had to experience waiting his turn for a shot to crack a starting lineup as he played regularly for Woodgrove even he was an underclassmen. Now, Jeffery has to become a senior leader in order to help his Wolverines return to the VHSL state playoffs for a second straight year.
Thus far in 2014, Jeffery has helped head coach Brad Bauder lead the Wolverines to a 6-1 start atop the Loudoun County baseball standings.
“As far as Woodgrove High School, I expect us to go back to states this year and win it all,” said Jeffery who formerly played travel baseball for the DeMarini Stars.
With big aspirations at the high school level, Jeffery’s objectives at Potomac State are even higher.
“I will bring to Potomac State my bat as well as my diversity in being able to play many positions. I am a team player and look forward to playing for coach Little and the rest of the coaching staff,” said Jeffery who will serve as a utility threat for the Catamounts. “My goal is to make the JUCO World Series.”
The Catamounts are currently 30-10-1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I level. Last season, Little — who is in his 17th season as the Potomac State head coach and has compiled a 540-234 record – led the Catamounts to a No. 19 ranking in the NJCAA DI.
In the spring of 2015, the Catamounts will add another weapon to their arsenal in the form of Jeffery who has his chance to play baseball at the collegiate level thanks to his dad who got him started at a young age.
“I started playing baseball with my dad’s rec softball team. I used to go out during the practices when I was three and retrieve the balls and help with the practice, although at that time I probably was more in the way than helping,” Jeffery reminisced. “I love the game and enjoy playing whenever I get the chance.”
While his love for the game and his dad serve as a motivation to continue to get better, Jeffery’s real drive comes from the dream most five-year old boys have and that he still holds on to: making it to the show.
“What keeps me motivated is my goal of going to the major leagues. That is what I am working my way to,” Jeffery said. “I will be [pursuing] sports management in college, and if I can’t play on the team then I will be doing some sort of recruiting, coaching or administrative jobs for some major league team.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!