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Newton South's Jennings commits to UMass

Newton South senior infielder John Jennings has verbally committed to UMass for the 2012-13 school year, head coach Ron Jordan said this morning in an email to ESPNBoston.com.

A handful of Division 1 schools inquired for Jennings' services, but according to Jordan it came down to the Minutemen or Northeastern University. Ultimately, UMass was the better fit as Jennings -- also a highly-rated placekicker -- will additionally attempt to walk-on to the football team.

"Coach [Mike] Stone likes the way John swings the bat and also his versatility to play multiple positions in the field, which will give him a chance to play right away if he can produce offensively." Jordan wrote in the email. "He is a class act from a class family who deserves the opportunity to play division one baseball. Nobody works harder, and the hard work has paid off."

Jennings has been a Dual County League all-star the past two seasons, and hit a mammoth home run in last years DCL-MVC All-Star Game. He will be a three-year starter when the Lions open their season next spring, and is a career .385 hitter who hasn't committed an error in two seasons (out of 215 chances). Earlier this summer, Jennings went down to Stetson University for a National Kicking Service camp, and was projected as a Division 1 FBS or FCS kicking prospect.