PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast's Ryan Jackson will continue his college career at NCAA Division I Jackson State after signing a scholarship with the Tigers.
"I've always been around Jackson State," Jackson said. "My mom and dad went there. It's been in the family, and it's close to home. It was a good fit for me and my family."
Jackson, a sophomore pitcher/outfielder from Ridgeland, made three appearances on the mound in Gulf Coast's abbreviated 2020 season. He struck out three in 2.2 innings pitched. He was a transfer from Hinds, where he batted .318 with a home run, two doubles and six RBI while pitching 12 innings with a 3.75 ERA without a decision as a freshman.
"Ryan's a great athlete," Gulf Coast coach Wes Thigpen said. "He had the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball. He's really efficient on the mound. He was just starting to get healthy, and I think he would have been a really big part of our pitching staff down the stretch if we gotten to play more."
Jackson State was 9-7 when the 2020 season ended, including a 3-0 mark in Southwest Athletic Conference play. Coach Omar Johnson has a 13-year streak of reaching the SWAC Tournament, including two tourney titles.
Jackson will take valuable lessons from Perk up Highway 49 to Jackson.
"Coach Thigpen helped me develop more as a pitcher," he said. "He taught me to be more of a leader on and off the field. I felt like that helped me feel like I was ready to go to the next level."
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