Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Baseball: Warriors pitcher commits to UTA
Chad Nack has gotten his fair share of attention from college baseball programs around the state.In the end, though, the senior Liberty Christian pitcher found exactly what he was looking for less than 50 miles away from home.
Nack recently committed to play baseball at UT-Arlington, bringing his recruitment to an end months prior to the start of his final season with the Warriors.
"I went there and I felt like I connected with the coaches," Nack said. "They were kind of on the same level as a lot of the high school guys that came in. I feel like they understand where we're coming from. I felt like I was just supposed to be there. I don't know how to explain it."
Oral commitments are non-binding. Nack cannot sign a letter of intent with the Mavericks until the start of the fall signing period next month.
Nack helped to lead Liberty to a 29-8-1 record last season and was instrumental during his team's playoff run. He had a 14-2 record on the year while posting 127 strikeouts and a 1.91 earned-run average, and helped the Warriors reach the TAPPS 4A state semifinals, where they lost to Corpus Christi John Paul II.
"He's one of our most gifted players, but he's also one of our hardest workers," Liberty head coach Johnny Isom said. "He brings a lot of leadership to the team and to the program. As a coach, it's always nice to have kids like him."
His performance in high school and his 91 mph fastball caught the eye of scouts at a variety of programs including Texas, TCU, Abilene Christian, and Seminole (Okla.) State.
In the end, though, Nack felt like UTA was where he belonged.
The Mavericks finished 29-31 last season and were eliminated in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament.
"I think he just went with the guys that were showing the most interest," Isom said. "I always tell the kids to take those kids of opportunities that will get them on the field. It's a good fit for him, and he'll go out and get a chance to show what he's got pretty soon."
That choice brought an end to the recruiting process and, according to Nack, made the upcoming high school season much more manageable.
"I wanted to early commit so I could get it out of the way," Nack said. "So I wouldn't have to worry about it. I wouldn't have to go out there and worry like, if I had an off game or something, that the scouts were going to see it. Now I can just go out and have fun and relax a little bit. It makes it less of a job and a lot more fun."
That isn't to say he's planning on relaxing, though.
"I'm just going to get better this year," he said. "I want to be an immediate impact player. A lot of guys who commit early may take the year off, and when college rolls around they're playing catch up. I don't want to start all over again. I want to be a building block to help the program to keep advancing." MARSHALL MOORE can be reached at 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is email@example.com.