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Westover baseball's Campbell heads to national high school showcase in Florida

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Westover High baseball's tradition of having some of its players selected for offseason showcases continues yet again.

Senior outfielder Jacob Campbell was invited earlier this year to be part of an Under Armour Showcase event in Bradenton, Fla., today through Wednesday. Campbell got invited to an Under Armour tryout earlier in the year and was selected out of hundreds of players to participate in the combine-style showcase.

Former Patriots infielder Kerry Hall, now a member of Division I-A University of North Florida's baseball team, played in the showcase last year and spent part of December working out with Campbell in preparation for the upcoming season.

Campbell said he will play in a few games at the Florida event in front of scouts and coaches from around the nation, as well as work out in front of those same coaches during speed and agility drills throughout the week.

It's something that he hopes will open up a few doors for a chance at playing in college, like it did for Hall.

"That's what I've been working for forever," Campbell said of playing at the next level. "(The showcase) is going to determine how my season goes. I'm hoping to mainly go down there to learn from professional coaches to get ready for this year."

Campbell, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound outfielder, describes himself as "more of a slap hitter, No. 2 hole hitter," who can move people over and manufacture runs. He played left field and catcher last season, but plans to move to center field this year, which is where he hopes to play in college.

Campbell was part of the Post 30 American Legion team this past summer and also played with the Wiregrass Colts out of Alabama, where he hit .415 during summer play.

"I think he can get some opportunities at the next level," first-year Westover head coach Kevin Fretwell said. "(He's) fundamentally sound."

Fretwell also said junior Robert Daniel, a pitcher being recruited by Notre Dame and other smaller schools, will be competing in an underclassmen showcase event in January in Ft. Myers, Fla. That event is tied into ESPN.

Campbell, Daniel and the rest of the Patriots start their season Feb. 22. Westover was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round for the fourth year in a row last season, but Campbell said he's excited about this season and playing under Fretwell in his senior season.

"We've been cut short the last few years in the playoffs, so we're trying to get past that first round," Campbell said.