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Three University Liggett School baseball players commit to playing D1 baseball

Three University Liggett School baseball players committed to playing Division 1 baseball at the collegiate level next fall.

Jack Jones ‘23, a three-year starter, committed to playing baseball next year at Michigan State University. He's a pitcher and plays first base for the Knights. A highlight of his time on the ULS baseball team was pitching a two-hit shutout while striking out six batters in the 2021 State Championship game against Traverse City St. Francis, which the Knights won 12-0. Jones was also named a First Team All-State pitcher in 2021. Jones verbally committed to playing for the Spartans in 2020 as a sophomore. Jones also plays football for the Knights.

"I am excited that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Michigan State University," Jones said. "I want to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for getting me to this point."

Jarren Purify ‘23 committed to playing baseball at Clemson University. Purify, a three-year starter for the Knights helped lead the team to a 2021 Division 3 state championship. Purify is the team's shortstop and the team's leadoff hitter. He was named First Team All-State in 2021 and 2022. In 2022, Jarren was named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) Dream Team. Purify, who also played basketball for the Knights, verbally committed to playing for the Tigers in July 2022.

"I am very excited to further my academic and baseball career at Clemson," Purify said.

Oliver Service ‘23 committed to playing baseball at the University of Texas. Service is also a three-year starter for the Knights, who plays catcher and outfield. Service was named Second Team All-State catcher in 2022. The six-foot Service is a three-sport athlete, also playing football and hockey for the Knights.

"It has been my dream to play Division 1 baseball ever since I put on cleats and grabbed a glove," Service said. "My dreams are coming true, so I'm super excited."