SEBRING — Sebring High graduate and former Blue Streak pitcher, Jordan Baker, will be taking his 90 mph fast ball to the U.S. Naval Academy.
The right-hander earned a baseball scholarship to the Annapolis, Maryland school, which competes in the Division I Patriot League.
Baker said he was recruited by the academy and a few other schools.
After visiting a few universities around the end of September, he set his sights on the Naval Academy. He learned in December that he was accepted and will be among the 1,100 students in the freshmen class.
Baker will be leaving Sunday to attend “Plebe Summer,” which according to the academy, is designed to lay the foundation of the four-year professional development curriculum and indoctrinate the freshmen in the traditions of the Naval Service and the Naval Academy.
It will also provide a good workout, according to Baker’s description.
“It’s pretty much five and a half weeks of basic training - pushups, sit ups, running in the morning, classes and some sailing and shooting with a rifle and pistol,” he said. “All kinds of neat stuff for the summer and school will start at the end of August.”
The value of the scholarship is about $450,000, but all students attend without charge, Baker said.
Baker said that all academy students minor in engineering and he is considering majoring in naval architecture, which involves ships and buildings.
After four years of studies, the academy graduates are required to serve five years in the Navy or Marines.
Baker noted that his father, Tim, was in the Navy for four years and his mother’s uncle was a Navy Seal for 30 years, and he has a second cousin who is currently serving as a Navy Seal.
Tim Baker said he was very proud of his son.
“He worked very hard grade-wise and baseball-wise to get this because it’s a pretty select group with only 1,100 coming in every year,” Tim said. Most of the athletes go to a one-year prep school, but Jordan got a direct admittance.
Baker’s mother, Jodi, said she will miss her son a lot, but she is very proud of him.