Colson Harris makes four.
The West Jones standout became the fourth Mustang to sign a baseball Letter of Intent in the 2019 signing class. Harris signed with Jones College Friday morning inside the West Jones Media Center.
“[This makes] three generations,” said Harris. “My grandfather went, my dad went, my brother and now me.
“Its a dream come true. I could not have done it without all my teammates and coaches. I thank God for blessing me [with the talent]. I look forward to being a Bobcat.”
Colson’s brother Hudson Harris, who also played baseball at West Jones, played for Jones College in 2017 and 2018.
West Jones head coach Trey Sutton, no stranger to seeing his players sign in the offseason, said Harris had been his most consistent player.
“We’ve had the privilege of seeing four [this offseason] so far,” said Sutton. “Any time you have one sign that’s great, but to have a senior class that has four in it is pretty special. These guys have meant a lot to this program; now they have one more season to help our program. We’re excited.
“When I think about Colson, I think about consistency. You know what you’re going to get out of him day in and day out. He works hard and swings it well. He’s just a constant player.”
West Jones finished 27-5 in 2018, making their way to the Class 5A South State Championship series. Harris hit .313 as a junior and finished tied for third in hits with 31 – a number shared with teammate Dustin Dickerson, who recently signed with Southern Miss. Harris and Dickerson also tied for second in runs batted in with 22.
“He worked his way into the lineup as a 10th grader, and I haven’t taken him out since,” added Sutton. “He finds a way to help you. I can think of defensive plays he made in close games, and I think he had the walk-off hit against South Jones in the first game. He brings a lot to the table with consistency and character. He’s clutch when he needs to be and helps you win.”
Harris fielded the ball .904 in 31 games played as an infielder.
“I liked the coaches and staff at Jones,” said Harris. “The facilities and the campus seemed like a good fit for me.”
With four players signed to play at the next level, West Jones is considered by many to be the favorite to win the South in Class 5A in the upcoming season. The Mustangs open the 2019 season with Forrest County Agricultural High School on Feb. 19 at home in the West Jones Classic.