Sterlington shortstop Carson Clowers will continue his baseball career with the Shelton State (Alabama) Bucs.
Carson Clowers is more concerned with playing quarterback than playing shortstop at the moment, but the Sterlington High senior made time to take care of some baseball business Wednesday morning. Acting on a September verbal commitment, Clowers signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball for Shelton State (Ala.) Community College.
Coach Bobby Sprowl first spotted Clowers three years ago in a travel ball tournament on the Shelton State campus.
"I saw him play in the summer," said Sprowl, who made the four-plus hours trip from Tuscaloosa to attend the signing ceremony. "I like the way he competed and the way he played. He's hard-nosed and knows the game. On top of all that, he's a very good player."
By his own admission, Clowers is preoccupied with football for now.
"I'm focused on Donaldsonville," Clowers said.
Clowers was the first player to receive a scholarship offer from the Bucs in this year's recruiting class.
"I played there the past three seasons," said Clowers, who has played travel ball for D-Bat and Team Louisiana among others. "I feel like it's a good place to go and have a chance to play."
Sterlington coach Mark Sims has no doubt that Clowers will be successful at the next level.
"I think Carson's arm strength and speed are what got them intrigued," Sims said. "A lot of times in baseball, you might only get to see a guy once, and it might not be his day. With Carson being there, they were able to seem him multiple times and fell in love with him. They are getting one heck of a shortstop."
As a junior, Clowers played key roles in helping the Panthers capture their first state titles in both football and baseball. Sterlington is 11-0 going into Friday night's second round Class 3A matchup at home vs. Donaldsonville.
"Everywhere Carson has been, he's been a winner, and it shows on the football field and the baseball field," Sims said.
Clowers' track record has not escaped Sprowl's attention.
"Hopefully, he can win another state championship in football and baseball," Sprowl said. "He brings that type of leadership to our program."
Clowers, who also received an offer from Southeastern Louisiana, will be eligible to sign with a four-year school after his sophomore season.
"We're looking for guys who can play at a higher level, but for whatever reason may not be ready yet," Sprowl said.
"No doubt, Carson will move on to the next level," Sims added.
Clowers, who joins a highly-successful NJCAA Division I program, became the second member of the Panthers' senior baseball class to sign. Infielder Jarrett McDonald signed with NJCAA Division II national power LSU Eunice last week.
"We compete with the best teams in the country, similar to LSU Eunice," Sprowl said. "We have a good program, and we are excited to have Carson as part of it."
When the opportunity arises, Sprowl attends signing day ceremonies.
"It's always a big event in a kid's life when he signs, and we like to be a part of it," Sprowl said.
Clowers is entering his fourth year as a starter on the Panthers' infield. After missing a third of the 2016 season due to illness, Clowers finished the season with a .311 batting average, 16 RBI and 21 runs scored in 25 games as the Panthers tallied a 33-5 record. For his career, he is a perfect 22-for-22 in stolen bases.
In football, the 5-5, 145-pound Clowers started two years at wide receiver before earning Class 2A All-State honors at quarterback last season.
A 3.8 student, Clowers plans to major in business management.