02/16/2016 12:30 PM
by Jonathan Hodgson
The Catching Academy is proud to announce that another student has committed to play collegiate baseball. Catching Academy student Jaxson Shull has signed to attend and play at Ohlone College in Fremont, California beginning this fall.
Jaxson Shull is a native of Napa, CA and is currently a senior at Napa High School, where he plays for head coach Todd Pridy. He also plays for coach Don Johns and the Danville Hoots, and was an Area Code Games tryout invitee in July of last year.
Regarded as an outstanding defender, Shull did not commit an error as a junior at Napa High School in 23 games behind the plate. He demonstrated his ability with the bat with the Danville Hoots, hitting .333 with a .429 on-base percentage during the summer.
Shull is an original attendee of the Catching Academy, and has grown under the mentorship of lead instructor, Brett Thomas. He has high praise for Thomas, who is also the CEO & Founder of the Catching Academy, and a former division one catcher (UC Berkeley) and college coach at the College of San Mateo.
“I have been with Brett for almost four years, even before the Catching Academy.” Said Shull. “He has had the single most influence on my abilities as a catcher than any other coach. I know that had I not been a part of his program, I would not have recieved the same opportunities to play at the next level.”
Shull received interest from multiple schools at both the division one and junior college levels. He ultimately selected Ohlone because of the expectation of excellence at the program, both athletically and academically, as well as the opportunity to play immediately and continue improving. Jaxson fits the bill perfectly for Ohlone head coach Michael Curran, who expects the 4.0 student to compete for a starting role right away.
Academically, Shull will major in business with a concentration in sports management.
The Catching Academy congratulates Jaxson Shull on his commitment to Ohlone College. He has earned every opportunity he has received, and we know he will continue to excel, and get better every day, at the collegiate level.