Perrysburg's Smith signs with Michigan State

Perrysburg senior Hunter Smith

By signing with Michigan State, Perrysburg senior Hunter Smith made history.

He became the first Yellow Jackets baseball player to sign with a Big Ten school.

"It feels good...takes a lot of stress off my shoulders, I wasn't sure I was going to go until last week and it just feels great to know where I'm going and taking the next step in life," Smith said.

During his senior year he hit .345 with seven home runs, 25 RBI, 38 runs and 13 stolen bases. He was pursued by Toledo, Miami(OH), Cincinnati and Ohio State to name a few schools. In the end, he looked at MSU as the place that will best prepare him to take his skills to the next level.

"I looked around the was astounding. Everything that they do to form their players into great baseball players and I really think that stood out to me."

Perrysburg baseball has rich history that includes a currently includes a manager (Jim Leyland) and a pitcher (Burke Badenhop) in the major league.

"I just hope to make it as far as they did. It's my dream, it obviously was their dream and they did it and I hope I can follow in their footsteps and do the same thing."

It was a big weekend for the Smith family as Hunter's father, Rick was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame on Sunday night. Smith is a course arichtect and instructor of the game.His client list is headlined by Phil Michelson, whom he helped win three of his four major championships.

"Being inducted into the hall of fame was special because of some of the people I've taught...Lee Janzen, Rocco Mediate, Jack Nicklaus...just to naem a few. I'm back out getting young guys on the PGA tour but I'm going to be watching him [Hunter] play baseball at Michigan State so that's going to be exciting," Smith said.