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Former Emerald standout Sheldon Reed rounds third base this summer while playing for the Purcellville Cannons in the Valley League.

Sheldon Reed has dropped USC and is heading to Clemson.

Reed, who graduated from Emerald High School in 2015, was contacted by Clemson baseball coach Monte Lee after USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook resigned. Shortly after that he flipped to Clemson, calling it his “dream school.”

“I didn’t feel comfortable walking into not knowing who the coach was,” Reed said. “And they still haven’t hired a coach, so I didn’t want to sit and wait for that. Clemson called and they lost two of their starting outfielders and their starting first baseman. Those are the positions I play, and I feel like I have a good chance of going there and playing right away.”

Lee offered Reed while coaching at College of Charleston, but withdrew after Reed hurt his throwing arm in high school.

“I kept in contact with (Lee) while he was at Clemson a little bit, and (when I) was at Spartanburg Methodist College,” Reed said. “They always watched, but they never really contacted me. So, after I committed to South Carolina it was a little too late for them. Then they called me after Coach Holbrook left.”

After high school, Reed enrolled at Spartanburg Methodist College, where he just finished his second year. As a sophomore, Reed exploded for 74 hits, a .448 batting average and 47 RBIs, all of which led the team. His 11 home runs tied him for the team lead.

Clemson had nine players selected in the MLB draft, including a pair of starting outfielders in Chase Pinder and Reed Rohlman, which means Reed will have a chance to play early.

“I grew up a Clemson fan, so this is like a dream come true,” Reed said. “This is my dream school. I’m really excited about it.”

South Carolina had six players and eight incoming players taken in the draft, though many of the signees are expected to enroll at USC.

Reed is hitting .347 through 19 games this summer with the Purcellville Cannons in the Valley League.

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