By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - The pipeline in baseball from New Ulm High School to St. Cloud State University remains open as Judd Davis will sign his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning at New Ulm Senior High School to play baseball for the Huskies next season.
Davis, the son of Pat and Kay Davis, said that "it felt like a good choice for me. The Fischer brothers (Kyle and Garrett) and Zach Hoffmann are there (all three New Ulm High School graduates) are there and I really liked their coaching staff. I just felt like home when I went up for my visit."
He also had offers from North Dakota State. Minnesota State University-Mankato and Winona State University.
Davis, who has a career batting average of .302 for the Eagles and a .413 batting average for Legion Gold, said that all three former Eagles put in a good word about SCSU to Davis.
Davis said that he will probably be redshirting his freshman season.
"But the next year I will be battling out for a spot at shortstop (Davis' position in high school and legion) or second base," Davis said.
Davis said that he needs to get stronger and work hard in the batting cage.
"They also want me to work on my arm strength," Davis said. "I need to really get in the weight room."
Jay Backer, his head baseball coach at NUHS, said that he is happy for his shortstop.
"Judd brings leadership to the program," said Backer. "He also brings a very good work ethic with him and he is a joy for a head coach. He comes to practice every day with a good attitude and is very competitive."
Backer describes Davis as a scrapper on the baseball field.
"And you know that when he is at the plate he will get a good appearance," Backer said. "He has probably the best eye at the plate that I have ever seen from a player that I have coached. If the ball is not in the zone he is not going to swing."
Defensively at shortstop, Backer said that Davis "gutty and tough. He does not think that there is a ball they he cannot get to."
In the meantime, Davis will be a key player for the New Ulm Eagles hockey team this winter and then with the baseball team before he begins his college baseball journey.