JONESBORO, Ark. ( – Arkansas State head baseball coach Tommy Raffo announced Tuesday that Little Rock Parkview pitcher Cole Jenkins has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Arkansas State.

A 6-foot-2, 174-pound left-hander, Jenkins burst onto the scene with an outstanding freshman in campaign in 2011 that included four wins and 34 strikeouts, a total that ranked 54th in the nation among all freshman. He continued his impressive performance through his junior season when he struck out 59. In 29 innings in 2014 he has recorded 50 strikeouts.

"Cole is an outstanding student that can really pitch," A-State pitching coach Tighe Dickinson said. "He throws the ball in the upper 80's with a good curveball and a quality change-up. I really look forward to having him on campus next year."

A four-year starter at Little Rock Parkview, Jenkins has advanced through the first two rounds of the team USA selection process and was invited to play in the Xtra Innings Classic in Jonesboro. He has also been invited to the Under Armour All-America tryouts in each of the last three seasons and registered the most strikeouts in the Class 7A conference in 2013.

Outside of baseball, Jenkins is a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the gifted and talented program and has a 4.0 GPA in senior year of high school. He is the son of Rick and Mary Jenkins.