PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Life is about to change for Nolan Jones.
Jones, a Langhorne, Pennsylvania native and Holy Ghost Prep star shortstop, is a possible first-round selection in Thursday’s Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.
The 6,4″, 220-pound senior was rated as Baseball America’s No. 16 of top 100 prospects.
“It’s been pretty breathtaking for me,” Jones told CBS3’s Pat Gallen. “It was never something I expected, obviously. I committed to Virginia my sophomore year and I’ve just been enjoying baseball and that has happened to happen. I’ve been really lucky.”
Vince Rossomando, Jones’ coach at Holy Ghost, is loving the attention Jones is garnering for his program.
“It’s been a little surreal,” Rossomando said. “A small prep school in Bensalem is not used to getting this much attention. I try to not take any day for granted because he could turn out to be a phenomenal player some day so I try to soak in every moment that we have here with him.
While Jones is hopefully on the fast track to become one of baseball’s young stars, right now he’s just a regular 18-year-old kid.
When asked where his favorite place to hang out is, Jones — without hesitation — said home.
“I’m really a family guy.”