Baseball: Pepperdine Signs A.J. Puckett for the 2014 Season
Waves Welcome Decorated Prep Pitcher to Malibu
Jan. 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine baseball is pleased to announce the signing of 6-3 RHP A.J. Puckett (Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS) to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete at Pepperdine in the 2014 season as released today by head coach Steve Rodriguez.
Pepperdine Baseball will release a new member of its 2014 class every Thursday on the official website of Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com.
A.J. PUCKETT, 6-3, 175, RHP (De La Salle HS)
Puckett captured honorable mention all-league accolades as a junior at De La Salle High School and lifted the Spartans to NCS and EBAL championships. Puckett earned a spot on the 2012 A’s Area Code Team. Active in community service, Puckett volunteered at the Monument Crisis Center, Glide Memorial Church and was a sponsor in the RCIA program at his church.
Why Puckett Chose Pepperdine: “I chose Pepperdine to continue my education in a faith-based environment. I felt it gave me the best opportunity to pursue my academic and athletic interests and to achieve my goals.”
Coach Rodriguez on Puckett: “A.J. has the ability to be something very special because he can control his fastball and the curveball is a big time pitch. He is still maturing physically and I am expecting big things from A.J. in the future.”
An Inside Look at Puckett
Pro baseball player: Tim Hudson, Justin Verlander
Pro athlete: Nolan Ryan
Pro team: Oakland A's
Movie: For the Love of the Game
TV Show: WakeBrothers
What sporting event you would most like to attend? The World Series in Yankee Stadium.
What is your most exciting/thrilling moment in your sports career? The most thrilling/exciting moment in my sports career was winning an NCS Division 1 Baseball title.
What do you want to accomplish on and off the field at Pepperdine? On the field I want to win a College World Series and help contribute to winning multiple WCC titles. Off the field I am anxious to meet new people and enjoy the college experience at Pepperdine University.