Jackson Jobe has become a household name for baseball in Oklahoma.
He’s an Ole Miss commit, a Perfect Game All-American, a state champion, and, in a couple months, he’ll have a chance to add first-round draft pick to his resume.
From the moment Jobe threw his first pitch, Heritage Hall Head Coach Jordan Semore knew he was going to be special.
“The first time I ever saw him was at our indoor his sophomore year," Semore said. "I saw him throw one pitch and I just turned around and gave a fist pump because the amazing part about baseball is you can see a guy do one thing and you know he’s going to be a special type of athlete, and that’s what he showed from the first pitch all the way to now.”
Since then, he’s continued to progress and is now projected to be a top-10 pick in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft.
“I think it’s just hard work," Jobe said. "I had a pretty good summer last year and didn’t get complacent or anything. I came out this offseason and worked even harder and put myself in a good position.”
Jackson has a wipeout slider, a 96-mph four-seam fastball, a curveball, and an upgraded changeup in his arsenal.
“I’ve definitely worked on developing my changeup a little bit more, that was something I was kind of pretty inconsistent with this summer, didn’t really throw it a whole lot," Jobe said. "That was kind of my biggest emphasis this offseason was working on that and developing it and becoming more consistent with it.”
In his senior campaign Jobe had 10 starts and finishing with a 9-0 record. He threw two no-hitters, fanned 122 batters in 52.1 innings pitched while giving up just 15 hits and one earned run to tally a .135 ERA.
“He’s the best high school pitcher I’ve ever seen," Semore said. "You get a lot of guys that can throw the ball 95, 96, 97 miles an hour, they don’t always have the command, Jackson can go out there and throw a strike with any one of his pitches on any count. It’s just amazing to watch that kid throw the baseball. He just goes out there and he’ll give us a complete game in 75 pitches.”
And with those impressive stat lines has come attention from MLB scouts.
Though some may find it distracting, it hasn’t kept Jobe from focusing on the task at hand.
“As a 17, 18-year-old kid, you’re always going to worry about somebody who has that much spotlight on them," Semore said. "I’ve been just amazed at how he’s handled the entire process. It hasn’t phased him one bit, he knows what he has to do every time he steps onto the field, and it’s go out and give his team every opportunity to win a ball game.”
“The biggest thing is just taking it one day at a time, one game at a time," Jobe said. “I think just overall maturity and the mentality and work ethic that I’ve developed this past year. I think I’m in a completely different spot that I was a year ago, so I’m grateful for it.”