Jackson Glines, former Yosemite High baseball player now playing for Fresno City College, has given a verbal commitment to play next year for the University of Michigan.
Glines, a 2010 Yosemite High graduate, played left field for Ron Scott's Rams last season and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after batting .393 with seven triples as the Rams (29-13) won the Central Valley Conference title. Glines finished the season with 29 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, and 48 runs scored, which ranked him No. 4 in the state in that category.
Last year, the Rams lost to Sierra College at the Super Regionals 10-6 after giving up four runs in the top of the 10th inning, one game short of playing for the state championship.
In the three games at last year's Super Regionals, Glines went 8 for 15 with a double, three triples, six RBIs and scored five runs.
This season, the 6-foot, 185 pound Glines is playing center field for the Rams (24-10, 18-4) and batting .357 with eight doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs. The team is currently ranked No. 4 amongst junior college teams in Northern California.
Glines had big games last weekend as the Rams clinched coach Ron Scott's 18th Central Valley Conference championship with a 16-7 win over Taft on Saturday and a 4-1 win Sunday over West Hills.
Glines had three hits in the Taft game and a three-run double in the West Hills game.
The Rams will wrap up conference play against Porterville and Merced before entering the first round of the Nor Cal Playoffs on May 4. The junior college state championship will be decided on May 18 in Fresno.
First year Michigan coach Eric Dakich saw Glines last year at a junior college tournament. At the time Dakich was coaching the University of Maryland. Michigan's recruiting coach flew out west about a month ago to see Glines play and two weeks ago Glines visited the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. During the visit, Michigan made the two-year scholarship offer to Glines valued at $82,000.
The Division I Michigan Wolverines are currently tied with Minnesota for the Big 10 lead at 7-2, ahead of Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State and Northwestern.
"The University of Michigan campus and facilities are world-class and the school has a great tradition in athletics," Glines said. "I'm really excited and looking forward to play there. I hope to start in center field next year."
Yosemite High coach John McMillen said it's nice to see his former player get healthy and play at 100%, referring to his senior-year shoulder injury in football that required surgery and had Glines sit out his first year of college ball.
"We always felt Jackson would get a D-I scholarship out of high school but the injury derailed him at the time," McMillen said. "He now is showing the skills we have always known he had."
McMillen credits Glines' success to the combination of being a naturally gifted athlete and his strong work ethic.
"Jackson puts in the extra effort to be an exceptional player," McMillen said.
On Glines becoming a Wolverine, McMillen said he will be playing against some of the top baseball programs in the country.
"I feel Jackson will not only play next year, but will have great success at that level," McMillen said.
Yosemite High 1995 graduate Cory Miller, who was in minor league baseball for three years in the Oakland A's organization and another four years with the Chicago Cubs as a field coach, is Glines's uncle.
"I can remember when he first played Little League and he would hit a home run almost every time he batted," Miller said. "From those early days, I always felt he had the skills to play major league baseball. The entire family is proud of him -- Getting a scholarship to the University of Michigan is no accident -- Jackson has worked hard to get where he is and we all wish him the best at Michigan."
"Cory has taught me a lot about the game of baseball since I first swung a bat," Glines said. "My mom used to say I started walking so I could swing a bat."
Jackson's younger brother, Harley, a 2012 Yosemite graduate and the best catcher in the NSL, redshirted with the Rams this season and is expected to be in the starting line-up next year.
Jackson and Harley are the sons of Tim Glines of Coarsegold and Victoria Glines of Oakhurst.
Tim played baseball at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and Fresno State and was drafted by the Mets and the Cardinals, although he never signed.