Gridley High School, Senior Varsity baseball player #13, Jessee Emerson, has committed to play baseball at the College of Idaho. The College of Idaho is in Caldwell, near Boise where Jessee will attend this fall. The College of Idaho is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school and their mascot is the ‘Yotes’ (short for coyotes).
The College of Idaho has a distinctive curriculum, which allows every student to graduate with a major and three minors within four years. The curriculum is called PEAK (Professional, Ethical, Articulate, Knowledgeable) and combines a liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields. Jessee plans on majoring in environmental studies and has yet to decide what minors he will study. He wants to become a Wildlife Biologist and possibly pursue a career as a Game Warden. He will receive an academic scholarship, some grants and other financial aid from the College of Idaho, totaling about half of the cost to attend.
Jessee’s GPA is currently at 3.31 for high school. He was invited by the ‘Yotes’ Head Baseball Coach, Shawn Humberger, to visit the school and to participate in a bullpen session with the ‘Yotes’ Pitching Coach, Rob Strickland, last February. After the school visit (and positive feedback from the coaching staff), Jessee made his decision to go to attend CIC. Jessee received recognition from college baseball programs through the National Collegiate Scouting Association. The NCSA published Jessee’s recruit profile, and video, to every college that has a baseball program, and also made suggestions matching schools to his academic and athletic abilities. Several colleges contacted Jessee, inviting him to school visits, but after visiting the College of Idaho, and meeting the coaching staff, his mind was made up. The other college choices were: Oregon, Nebraska, Iowa and Texas. The ‘Yotes’ play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, which are NAIA colleges in British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho, Redding and Menlo Park, California. Jessee’s parents are also pleased with his decision, as they will be able to watch games when the ‘Yotes’ travel to Redding, Menlo Park and Klamath Falls.