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Mitchell RHP Cobi Johnson commits to FSU baseball

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Mon. January 7, 2013 | Matt Baker | Email

Mitchell junior pitcher Cobi Johnson has verbally committed to Florida State, Mustangs coach Scot Wilcox said Monday evening.

Johnson pitched only 16 innings as a sophomore last spring, posting a 1.75 ERA with 26 strikeouts and only 11 walks, but he has a high potential. His fastball was clocked as high as 92 mph over the summer, and his frame has already sprouted to 6-foot-4. He chose the Seminoles over North Carolina.

“He’s got a lot of options, and he finally settled on Florida State,” Wilcox said.

The ‘Noles are recruiting Johnson as a pitcher but will give him a look as a two-way player, too, Wilcox said. Johnson has established himself as one of Tampa Bay’s top catchers, earning all-Sunshine Athletic Conference honors each of his first two high school seasons.

Last spring, Johnson ranked second on the team with a .416 batting average, with one home run and 11 RBIs.

Verbal commitments are non-binding until recruits sign letters of intent during their senior seasons.

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