Schmitt signs to be a Wolverine
Shelley senior pitcher Kaden Schmitt, center, signs his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Utah Valley University while his parents look on Friday at Shelley High School.
SHELLEY â€” For many sports fans in Bingham County when the name Kaden Schmitt comes up in conversation it is more often than not about his exploits on the football field.
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Schmitt was named the 3A State player of the year after leading the Russets to their second consecutive 3A state championship. But while Schmitt was a stellar football player, baseball is first love and the sport he hoped to get an opportunity to play in college.
After years of hard work that dream finally came true on Friday when Schmitt signed his National Letter of Intent to pitch for Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
"This was my initial plan from the very start," Schmitt said of why he chose baseball over football. "Football was so much fun and I enjoyed it a lot, but once In started playing baseball when I was young I fell in love with it and could never go wrong."
Over his four seasons as a Russet, Schmitt has been a key piece of the teams success along with one of the best pitchers in the state at the 3A level.
"The first time I stepped on the field at Utah Valley I knew I loved it," Schmitt said. "The stadium, the atmosphere, the people, the coaches it was just so fun. It is obviously the highest level of baseball so I am really looking forward to getting started."
Schmitt had offers from six other schools for baseball, but just one, Gonzaga, was a Division 1 school.
To the surprise to many, Schmitt I had no offers from any schools for football.
"Players are different in baseball," Schmitt said of what draws him into baseball."I mean you have your hard guys in football, you get working hard, but when you go to baseball guys are more relaxed and in a good mood, being able to play on fields that are nice, it is the best feeling ever."
Schmitt will take his 88-mph fastball and slew of other pitches to Orem will he will join a Wolverine squad that is 14-21 so far this season.
"I am very relieved that this process is over," Schmitt said. "It is has been very stressful and after signing today it is good to know that the next chapter of my life is set."
And while the future for Schmitt is set, he still has one more goal on his list he wants to accomplish before his time is up at Shelley High; to win a baseball district title.
"In each of my years here we have been eliminated in the district title game," Schmitt said. "So our goal this season to finally win one the title. That's our focus, once we do that we can focus on state."