Southern signee Jeremiah Muhammad signs with Mariners

Southern baseball signee Jeremiah Muhammad has signed with the Seattle Mariners, who drafted him in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday, SU coach Roger Cador said.

Muhammad, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher out of Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida, went with the 321st pick overall.

“That’s a pretty good round — really good round,” Cador said. “We beat a lot of people to him. A lot of big schools, like North Carolina, Miami, Florida State. But the dad said, ‘I know about your reputation, and I want him to sign with you.’ It was a gamble (signing him), but we said we wanted to upgrade our situation.”

Muhammad also signed with Miami Dade College, according to Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Muhammad signed with Southern in the fall, Cador said. One-time Southern signee Cameron Maybin also signed with Lake City Community College after being taken with the 10th pick in the 2005 draft by the Detroit Tigers.

Of Muhammad, Baseball America wrote, “Muhammad’s physicality and speed of his arm are certainly attention-grabbers.”