Sterlington's Carson Clowers plans to continue his athletic career on the baseball diamond with Shelton State Community College.
As the quarterback and shortstop for state championship teams, Carson Clowers had a magical junior year at Sterlington High School. His senior year is starting off pretty good, too, as he has verbally committed to accept a baseball scholarship offer from Shelton State (Alabama) Community College.
Now that the baseball recruiting is taken care of, Clowers can devote full attention to his fall sport.
"I wanted to commit early so I can focus on my senior year of football," Clowers said Tuesday evening.
Clowers also received offers from a pair of four-year schools, Southeastern Louisiana and LSU Alexandria. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Signing day is in November.
"I just felt like Shelton State was the best fit for me," Clowers said. "I really like the coaches and the facilities are nice. They lead the country in junior colleges in sending people to the (Major League) draft. Their past eight shortstops have gone to the SEC."
Shelton State also offered the best chance to play right away.
"I loved Southeastern, but they said I would probably get 20 at bats my freshman year and be the guy my sophomore year," Clowers said. "I would rather go to a junior college and get 200 at bats my freshman year."
Clowers originally visited the Tuscaloosa campus for a summer tournament.
"I played travel ball there, but I didn't really know anything about them," Clowers said. "I didn't know they were really good."
A 3.8 student, Clowers helped the Panthers win their first state football title in December. Five months later, he earned a second ring as Sterlington won its first state baseball championship in school history.
Sidelined for a third of the season due to a bout with mononucleosis, Clowers hit .311 with 16 RBI, 21 runs scored and five sacrifice bunts in 25 games as the Panthers compiled a 33-5 record.
As a sophomore, Clowers produced a .311 batting average with seven doubles and 26 runs while splitting time between second base and shortstop. Starting at second base as a freshman, Clowers hit at a .312 clip with 16 RBI and 24 runs.
Clowers has stolen 22 bases (8 as a junior, 11 as a sophomore, 3 as a freshman) without being caught during his high school career.
"I should have more. I'm going to try to get coach (Mark) Sims to call more steals next year," Clowers joked.
On the gridiron, Clowers earned All-State honors and was MVP of the state championship game as a junior. He completed 59-of-97 passes for 1,263 yards with 15 touchdowns and only two picks, while rushing 83 times for 528 yards and 11 scores.
Prior to moving to quarterback, Clowers was a two-year starter at wide receiver.
At 5-10, 145 pounds, there was little debate on which sport to pursue at the next level.
"I love them both, but I like baseball a little more," Clowers said.
Clowers says he hopes to improve on his batting before making the jump to Shelton State.
"I need to work on my hitting," Clowers said. "You can always work on everything, but I feel like my defense is ahead of my offense."
As for the present, Clowers is committed to helping the Panthers sustain their success while moving up in classification from Class 2A to 3A.
"The goals stay the same," Clowers said. "I think we'll be fine in 3A."