Rees Kent gives verbal commitment to Saint Mary’s College
Saint Mary’s College tapped into the Central Section and landed the verbal commitment of Clovis North third baseman Rees Kent on Thursday night.
If you followed the shortened TRAC baseball season of 2020, the news of Kent pledging to play college baseball was a surprise to no one.
The Gales have been building a relationship with Kent for some time and the senior-to-be felt now was the right to to pull the trigger on his college decision.
“Giving my commitment is really exciting on a few different levels,” Kent explained. “It’s one of my first big decisions I’ve made on my own and I couldn’t be more relieved with having a school like Saint Mary’s take a chance on me. With all of the COVID stuff and the cancellation of my junior season, I’m very thankful Saint Mary’s gave me a shot.”
Kent, who checks in at 6’1, 180 pounds, went on to cite the strong relationships he had built with the coaching staff at SMC despite receiving interest from other programs.
“I was in communication with a few different schools, but not nearly as much as I was with Coach [Jordon] Twohig and the rest of the Saint Mary’s staff,” he shared. “The family atmosphere the coaches gave off was a big factor. They made me feel welcome since the first day I was in contact with them and it always felt like they had my back. That’s something you want as a player.”
At the time of the shutdown, Kent had started every game at third base for the Broncos and was a mainstay in the middle of the order.
“When I get to the plate, I go up there with all the confidence in the world and take everything pitch by pitch,” Kent said. “If the umpire makes a call I don’t agree with I shake it off and win the next pitch. If you can win pitches you will win innings; if you win innings you will win games. On defense I stay loose and smooth while visualizing myself making the play before it happens.”
Now that he’s committed to Saint Mary’s, Kent is excited to continue working hard so he can make an even bigger impact for the Broncos heading into his senior year. He spoke about his approach to the game and the attitude that he plays with.
“I’m a team first type of player,” he explained. “Whatever it takes to win the ballgame I’m going to do. Whether it’s laying a bunt down or clutching up with an rbi double. But before all of that, I consider myself a good teammate, someone who is a joy to play the game around, and someone who will push the team to their best.”
Clovis North head coach Jeff Prieto echoed those sentiments:
“Rees has been a three-year guy for us. He’s a super athletic kid that just keeps getting better every year. He was off to a monster start last year. He will be one of our leaders and the heart and soul of our team next year. He’s a as good outside the lines as he is between them. Bronco Nation is very excited for him!”