Kaden Fowler signed his letter of intent on Monday, May 21 and will attend the University of Georgia as a member of the Bulldogs baseball team. Fowler graduated from El Dorado High School in 2016 and is currently having a phenomenal sophomore season at Barton Community College. Fowler is currently batting .407 for the 20th-ranked Cougars, while leading the team with 90 hits and 11 home runs. Last week, Barton won the Region VI Tournament, earning a spot in the NJCAA Div. I World Series in Grand Junction, CO. The Cougars will face Jefferson College (MO) on Saturday, May 26 at 4 p.m.
Since Fowler was back home for his cousin’s graduation, it was an easy decision to sign at El Dorado High School, so his family and friends would be able to attend his signing.
Fowler transferred from Circle to El Dorado after his sophomore year. He enjoyed the relationships he built during his junior and senior year, and credits his coaches for contributing to his development as an athlete.
“This is my home,” said Fowler.
“It’s where my family went. I transferred into El Dorado because I wanted to be here. It was a good fit. Playing three sports helped a lot. The bonds that I formed with coaches and players, it was great. All of my coaches pushed me along the way, and made me work hard in the weight room when I didn’t want to, and it got me to where I am today.”
When El Dorado head baseball coach Bill Shaw heard that Fowler was signing to play at Georgia, he was not surprised.
“He’s tenacious,” said Shaw.
“He’s got a burning desire to compete, and to win. This doesn’t surprise me at all. He spends the time playing catch and hitting extra baseballs and doing the things you need to do. I saw the athleticism and the skill set in the couple years I had him here. He has the variables that have allowed him this opportunity. He wills himself to be good at what he does.”
The Division I offers started piling up this spring, and Fowler had narrowed his choices to Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
“Georgia was the best fit,” said Fowler.
“Going down to Athens, it was beautiful. The kids were great, the coaches were awesome. Once I got there I realized it was the place I want to be.”
Fowler’s main focus is still on the NJCAA World Series, but he is also excited to get to Athens this summer.
“I’m looking forward to going down there in July. They’re having all of the new guys come in a month early. I’m going to go down there and get acclimated, hit a little bit, lift a little bit, get to know the guys, and get to know Athens. I’m really excited.”
Fowler will be joining an elite program in Georgia as the Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, according to D1Baseball.com.