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Brother of former Gamecock player heading to Columbia

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Jacob English, brother of former Gamecock baseball player Tanner English, is following in his brothers footsteps.

The middle infielder announced his commitment to South Carolina Sunday night via Twitter, becoming the third infielder in the 2018 class.

"I wanted to challenge myself in the best conference in the country," he said. "I really wanted to play against the best of the best."

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English visited campus Friday and watched the Gamecock scrimmages where the coaching staff offered him a scholarship.

He was receiving interest from College of Charleston as well and took a visit early this school year. English committed Saturday afternoon but waited until Sunday night to announce publicly.

"I was super excited to tell the coaches I wanted to be a Gamecock," English said. "I was actually gonna wait till Monday to commit but I was too excited to I pulled the trigger on Saturday morning. I'm really glad I made this decision, I'm 100% confident I made the right choice."

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Tanner English, who played for South Carolina from 2012 to 2014, was a part of the 2012 College World Series team. Jacob said seeing his brother play was a factor in deciding where to go to college.

"Tanner's experience at Carolina really helped me make my decision," Jacob said. "There's garnet all throughout the house and Carolina has always been my #1 so they've always been my premier school."

He plays for St. James High School (Murrells Inlet, S.C.) where he hit .243 with 17 runs and 8 RBIs last season, according to Max Preps.

English, who is currently not ranked by PerfectGame.com, becomes the tenth member of the class and joins Blaze Alexander and Jonah Beamon as the only middle infielders.

"I'm most excited about playing in the SEC and with some of my close friends," he said. "And I'm excited to have the best fan base in the country to play in front of."

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