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Clovis North’s Cole Fellows commits to Columbia

Clovis North head coach Jeff Prieto addresses his team during a practice from the 2020 season (Photo by Austin Kemp)

Cole Fellows will be donning navy and light blue at the next level.

The Clovis North infielder made a verbal commitment to Columbia University Wednesday afternoon. Columbia is one of eight schools in the prestigious Ivy League.

“My recruitment has been an unbelievable experience,’’ said Fellows. “This commitment is everything I have worked for since I was in little league. The work is just now getting started to pay off.’’

Fellows, a junior who is hoping to have a season this spring, said the Division 1 school from New York was the perfect fit from an academic and athletic standpoint.

“My parents have always preached the importance of education because it can continue to unlock more doors for me,” Fellows talked about. “I’ve always wanted to get the best education possible and I’m extremely glad I get to do it at Columbia while getting to play the best sport in the world.”

The 6’1, 185 pound prospect has been building his relationship with the Columbia coaching staff for over a year now. Fellows has been on their radar since lighting up a showcase before his sophomore season.

“Columbia first saw me at a showcase going into my sophomore year,’ Fellows said. “I got into contact with them after I met the coaches when they played a series here in town against Fresno State. I just visited the school recently and it could not have been a better fit.”

The left handed hitter talked about how his approach at the plate centers around hitting the fastball, but also understands how it’s also important to take pride on defense. Especially for someone in Fellows’ position where he has taken reps at second base, third base, first base, and at the corner outfield spots in practice.

“I have always been taught by my dad to hunt the fastball,” Fellows explained. “It is crucial for me to buy into this approach to have success at the plate. My coaches have talked to me about how a few of the keys to playing great defense are good feet and soft hands so that’s something I’ve been working on.”

Being in the COVID pandemic, it’s been an odd time for players all around the Central Section. Most have had to go the extra mile to gain additional at-bats and keep developing as a player. For Fellows he’s excited to get back on the field and return to normalcy whenever that time comes.

“A couple buddies from our team, along with my younger brother, have been following a lifting schedule as well as a throwing/hitting program,” Fellows said. “We will be ready to get back on the field at Clovis North and compete to win every single game.”

Clovis North head coach Jeff Prieto was also fired up about Cole’s commitment to Columbia and had some things to say:

“Cole is a self made player. He has worked his tail off in the classroom, weight room, and on the field to put himself in this position. He went from running and 8.1 60 as a freshmen to a 6.8. Ive never seen a player improve their speed that much in such a short time frame and that’s a tribute to his work ethic and the type of family he comes from. Cole has the potential to hit in the middle of our order and hit with some power. He gives us a lot of options with his combination of speed and power.  I’m so excited for him. I think that he is a great fit with Columbia. I spoke multiple times with [Columbia head coach] Brett Boretti and his staff and I think he is exactly the kind of player that they want their program to be about.”

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