Baseball Inks Adam Smith To NLI

Adam Smith scored 25 runs last year at Vounteer State CC

July 3, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball program announced the signing of infielder Adam Smith, a native of Huntsville, Ala., to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Blazers during the 2014 campaign.

Smith took the diamond during the 2013 season at Volunteer State (Galatin, Tenn.) CC, where he helped lead his team to a runner up finish in the TJCCAA Conference Tournament.

For the Pioneers, Smith scored 25 runs, knocked in 17 and posted an on-base percentage of .344 last season. Smith also assisted in turning 18 double plays and maintained a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.

"When Tim Anderson signed with the Chicago White Sox, we were in a nationwide scramble to find a quality infielder," UAB head coach Brian Shoop said.  "And we are thrilled to have found one inside the state of Alabama! Adam played at Grissom High School for one of my former players, Adam Moseley and with our current pitcher Alex Luna. He is an outstanding athlete and a plus defender, which is absolutely critical in the BBCore bat era."

Prior to playing for the Pioneers, Smith was a five-year player at Grissom HIgh School, where he assisted in leading the team to a runner-up finish at the 6A State Tournament in 2010 and the State Final Four in 2011. 

In 2012, Smith was named Team MVP and Best Defensive Player en route to being selected All-City Co-Offensive Player of the Year and the Huntsville Times Elite First Team shortstop as a senior. During his final high school season, Smith hit .384 with 24 stolen bases.

"Adam is an outstanding student who wants to be a dentist one day, so UAB was the perfect academic fit," Shoop said.  "He is a special young man who will fit in immediately with our team. He is a D1 caliber athlete, having excelled in both basketball and baseball and we love multi-sport athletes. We are excited that Adam has three years of eligibility left and he should compete for a starting job immediately.  We are thrilled to secure such a high level player as such at such a late date in the summer."