South Brunswick’s Jenkins repeats as Gatorade N.C. Baseball Player of the Year
CHICAGO (WECT) - South Brunswick’s Walker Jenkins has been named the Gatorade N.C. High School Baseball Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior outfielder compiled a .417 batting average with 33 runs scored this past season, leading the Cougars to the Round of 16 in the Class 3A state playoffs.
“I have been playing or coaching baseball for 33 years in Wilmington and Walker is definitely one of the top two or three players I’ve seen over that time,” said Ben Stroehl, head baseball coach of Ashley High School. “He is a tremendous competitor and looks like a man among boys.”
Jenkins is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2023 by Perfect Game and is a member of the USA Baseball Under-18 National Team.
“Jenkins has volunteered locally as part of community beautification projects and as a youth baseball coach,” according to a news release. “He has also donated his time to multiple community service initiatives through his church youth group.”
He has a weighted 4.57 GPA in the classroom, and has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of North Carolina this fall.
Jenkins is projected to be a first-round selection in July’s Major League Baseball draft by several media outlets.
He now is a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
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