Jayden Mandal gives verbal commitment to Fresno State
Fresno State dipped back into the Tri-River Athletic Conference once again and gained a commitment from Clovis North infielder Jayden Mandal. Mandal announced his decision on Thursday night via his Twitter account.
The 6’0, 195 pound athlete is the third player from the TRAC to give his commitment to the Bulldogs since June.
“As a lifelong Bulldogs fan, I am extremely proud and honored to be joining a program that has had so many great players,” Mandal said. “I’m really excited to play for a great coaching staff that will push me to be the best player I can be. It’s a big plus to play in my hometown in front of family and friends. I grew up watching guys like Aaron Judge and Jordan Luplow. The tradition with this program is second to none.”
With the 2020 baseball season cut short due to COVID-19, Mandal hasn’t yet been able to play any varsity innings. However, the shutdown didn’t stop the hometown ‘Dogs from identifying Mandal as one of their top prospects in the 2023 class.
“The recruiting process really heated up the last couple of months—playing with my travel team,” Mandal talked about. “My relationship with the Fresno State coaches started at the Fresno State Prospect camp last summer and they have been on me ever since. I was talking to multiple schools, but playing for Fresno State was a dream come true.”
Through preseason practice last January and into the start of the season in February, Mandal practiced with the Clovis North varsity team day in and day out. He rotated between shortstop and second base, pushing both seniors ahead of him.
In addition, the (now) sophomore phenom also got pulled up to varsity last year for the D1 Central Section playoffs during football season where he earned significant playing time versus Clovis West. Mandal is expected to compete for both the starting quarterback job and the shortstop position in 2021.
“I’m an intense competitor that wants to win above all else,” Mandal said of his approach to the game. “I’m a hard worker that loves the game of baseball, but being a quarterback has really helped further my leadership skills on and off the diamond.”
Mandal’s athleticism opens up the entire field while he’s at the plate. The righty prides himself on being a gap-to-gap hitter and taking what the pitcher gives him.
“What I do best at the plate is the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field,” Mandal echoed. “I believe that hitting the ball where it’s pitched is one of the most important aspects of hitting. On defense, my arm has always been my biggest asset. On the infield, I know that I can make a throw anywhere across the diamond.”
Oh yeah, Mandal also pitches and the right-hander will be counted on to throw meaningful innings in BroncoLand over the next three seasons.
Mandal’s goal of becoming a Bulldog doesn’t end with baseball, though. The two-sport athlete expressed his belief in himself about his ability to play both football and baseball at the collegiate level.
“Playing two sports is definitely my goal. I know it’s going to be hard work, but I’m no stranger to that.”
Mandal joins teammates Rees Kent (St. Mary’s) and Isaiah Munoz (St. Mary’s) as the third Clovis North Bronco to give their verbal commitment to a school.