Lathan Todd was thinking beyond baseball when he made the decision to further his baseball career with The Citadel.
"I just like what comes with attending The Citadel," said Todd, the Lakewood High School right-handed pitcher who signed with the Charleston military school on Wednesday during a ceremony at LHS' Fine Arts Center. "There are a lot of opportunities for you after you graduate from The Citadel."
First things first though. Todd is looking forward to having the chance to play for the Bulldogs and being a part of the first recruiting class of new head coach Tony Skole.
"It's kind of weird," Todd said of how it feels to be getting the chance to play at the college level. "I never thought it would happen, but it is something I've worked hard at. It's really cool."
Todd, who transferred to Lakewood for his senior season, is coming off a tremendous 2017 season at the high school level and in American Legion.
During his junior season with Sumter High, Todd posted a 2-1 win-loss record with a 1.05 earned run average in 20 innings. He pitched in seven games, four of them starts, and one complete game. He allowed 17 hits and walked just three while striking out 18 batters.
With the P-15's, Todd was 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA. Todd had 58 strikeouts and allowed just 29 hits. Todd walked 10.
The only other offer Todd had was to Florence-Darlington Technical College. He is happy to be getting the chance to play at the NCAA Division I level. The Citadel is a member of the Southern Conference.
"I really like all of the new coaches," Todd said. "I like the enthusiasm they have. It's also good to be a part of the first (Skole) recruiting class because they are obviously trying to have a great class."