The Jackson State University baseball team saw their season come to an abrupt end in the NCAA tournament, but on Wednesday, the Tigers got richer with the addition of one of Meridian's recent graduates.
Wildcat stand-out Kendrick Walk signed with JSU this morning in the school's new multi-purpose facility at Ray Stadium. Walk was joined by his family, coaches and other friends as he signed with the Tigers, who just reached their first NCAA tournamet since 2000.
Head coach Omar Johnson first saw Walk when he played in a show-case at Jackson State. Johnson later contacted him and the two have kept in touch since then.
Walk's high school coach Robert "Popeye" Cole said walk didn't have a strong work ethic when he arrived as a freshman, but after four years, it became his greatest strength.
"We've had Kendrick for four years now, and he's done a great job for us in those four years," says Cole. "He's worked hard and done the right things academically and athletically, and now he's being rewarded for his efforts."
"It's just an honor to be able to sign with a university... a four year university at that. You know," says Walk. "I feel awesome right now."
Walk says coach Johnson will see how he plays at short-stop, second base, catcher, pitcher and center-field.