Luke Smock signs National Letter of Intent

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Luke Smock signs his NLI with his family and coach.

Elyse Perry, editor

On Dec. 14, Luke Smock signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play baseball for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While he committed to play on the team on Aug. 6, it was made official when he signed his NLI at the signing ceremony. 

Luke started playing baseball when he was five. He played on two state championship little league teams when he was seven and eight before starting travel baseball in middle school. Luke moved to Delphi his sophomore year and was the team’s starting shortstop on the 2021 team that went to semistate. “I couldn’t be more proud of Luke. This is certainly a great accomplishment for him. I wish him well at the college level,” said high school baseball coach Ryan Long.

Over the summer, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Division 1 baseball school,  reached out to Luke about taking a spot on their roster. According to Shaun Wegner, the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the university, “Luke jumped out at me immediately with not only the way he played but more so in the manner in which he played. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm and passion he played the game with and the way he handled himself both on and off the field.” 

After the offer was made, Luke decided to visit the campus and he thought it would be a good fit. “This is giving me a chance to play at least four more years while gaining an education that will set me up for my future,” Luke said. He is currently undecided on his major but is excited to attend the university to play baseball.