If Seth Beer ever plays baseball for Clemson University, the Tigers’ fans can thank his mom.
Until this summer, the Lambert junior right fielder’s only contact with the college powerhouse had been a few phone calls with assistant head coach Bradley LuCroy.
“They weren’t really on my radar,” Beer said.
But then Beer’s younger sister, Savannah, and Lambert’s volleyball team attended a mid-July camp at Clemson. Beer’s mom suggested he go along to see the campus. He got to meet Tigers legendary coach Jack Leggett, a three-time ACC coach of the year. He got to see Doug Kingsmore Stadium and its 6,200-capacity facility. He got to see Lake Keowee, an enticing feature for an avid fisherman.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,’” Beer said. “…I didn’t really know what I was missing out on until I got there. I got to thank my mom for that one.”
Beer eventually returned to Clemson this past Saturday with his entire family to give Leggett his verbal commitment to the Tigers in person. Then he watched the football team’s 50-35 victory over North Carolina.
“It ended up being a great fit,” Beer said. “I got up there and just knew it was the fit. It wasn’t that it took a long time to talk about what I needed. I got up there and just knew this was where I wanted to go to school.”
Beer is rated the No. 7 player in the country for the Class of 2016 by PerfectGame.com, and he justified it with a remarkable sophomore season in helping Lambert go 36-2, win the Class AAAAAA championship and finish ranked No. 1 in the country by two national publications.
Beer transferred from Kings Ridge and dominated in Class AAAAAA, hitting .589 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 56 RBI. He was as much as force on the mound, going 7-0 with a 0.58 ERA. He was named the Forsyth County News’ 2014 Baseball Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger High School All-American.
The accolades and gaudy stats raise the question of whether Beer might ever attend Clemson, especially after the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was one of just two underclassmen to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field this past August. The attention from professional scouts should only increase the next two seasons. Some scouting services already forecast Beer to be a top draft pick in 2016.
“They’re obviously two very different options in one aspect, but in the other aspect college baseball could help me reach my final goal which is to play professional baseball,” Beer said. “This is all going to have a bunch of situations, different scenarios. I pray to God [for] no injuries, but if something happens another route might be taken.”
Regardless, Beer said his commitment to Clemson is solid. Days after his commitment, Beer did math homework with friend and Lambert teammate Tucker Maxwell. Beer wore a Clemson shirt, Maxwell a Georgia shirt after committing to the Bulldogs this past Saturday.
“I was like, ‘I’m really not supposed to like you,’” Beer said.
He added: “I’m excited to represent for Coach Leggett and the school. Now I bleed orange and purple.”