Eastern High School freshman Jack Herman (Class of 2018) has made a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship. The coaches at Maryland saw Herman play at a number of showcases and at a facility in Philadelphia. The Berlin resident was surprised by the early offer.
“I was ecstatic," said Herman. "When they saw me at a showcase in Florida, I was told the process would take longer.”
But he's not the first area frosh to find himself wooed by a college during this calendar year.
Current Wildwood HIgh sophomore Brendan Bean gave a verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania in August after just finishing his freshman year of high school.
Herman said he has known for years that the Terps would be his top choice. “I visited four years ago and since then the school just fit me.” The Maryland coaches spent time detailing the benefits of the school and he felt comfortable.
“The coaches are like your second parents and stay on top of you.”
Eastern has won two consecutive S.J. Group IV titles and Herman stated he was “…very excited to represent his town and the school. I hope to help the team win additional championships.”
Eastern baseball coach Rob Christ recalled, “I remember Jack as a young kid coming to Eastern games and attending my baseball camps. His dad and I joked years ago that he was going to be just like his brother Kris.”
Kris played shortstop for Eastern during Christ’s first two years as Eastern coach.
"I have been thrilled watching him develop into a fine player and tremendous young man just like his brother," Christ said. "Obviously getting a scholarship offer from an ACC school as a freshman is heady stuff. I am excited to continue the strong relationship we have built during my tenure at Eastern.”
A right-handed hitter, Herman wanted to go to Eastern since his brother was one of the leaders of the first Eastern baseball team to go to a sectional final. “Eastern has been successful since my brother played here. Coach Christ teaches life lessons and how to conduct yourself. I talked with players who play for other schools who said that at Eastern we get a high baseball IQ.”
Scouts reportedly like his plus speed and potential for developing into a five-tool player. Although he has not played a game at the high school level, he projects as a centerfielder or middle infielder in addition to being an asset on the mound. Herman is the first player in Christ’s 20 years of coaching baseball who has received a scholarship offer as a freshman.
And he joins, Bean, a North Wildwood resident who turned 15 in July, as an uber-early commit. Bean, who hit .404 as freshman at Wildwood, informed Penn of his commitment in August.