WHITE HALL — One of the biggest struggles for White Hall soon-to-be senior Daniel Sprinkle is trying to stay humble and even keeled despite his recent accomplishments.
From winning a 5A state baseball championship in May — in which he was named the tournament MVP — to having already received at least six baseball scholarships including one from SEC member Auburn.
Luckily for Sprinkle, he has his grandmother looking out for him.
“I’m glad I got my grandma and my brothers,” Sprinkle said. “To make sure I stay level-headed.”
Sprinkle’s grandma, Marie Sprinkle, really “stays on me about it.”
“The first thing I did when I got the offer (was thank God),” Sprinkle said.
In the span of a week, Sprinkle received a football scholarship offer from Central Arkansas — his first for the sport — and the offer to Auburn.
Sprinkle and soon-to-be senior quarterback Kirk Baugh traveled to Conway together for a one-day individual camp. While in the car, the two turned to each other and said, “let’s work hard and get the offer.”
And sure enough, following the camp, Baugh, Sprinkle and a third camper were brought in and offered scholarships.
“It was just a good moment,” Sprinkle said.
“Daniel is real strong,” White Hall head football coach Mike Vaughn said. “He is an exceptional athlete and could play anywhere he wants.
“He is just like his brothers, who in their own way were just as talented.”
Sprinkle has also received baseball scholarship offers from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jackson State and Arkansas-Little Rock. He also has offers from a pair of junior colleges in East Mississippi Community College and Northwest Florida State.
“UAPB actually offered me last summer before the season started,” Sprinkle said. “Going into my junior year, to already have an offer, that was real exciting for me.”
Sprinkle, who was named The Commercial’s Southeast Arkansas Pitcher of the Year this past season, said he is expecting an offer from Arkansas as well.
“I think they are supposed to be coming around with an offer soon,” Sprinkle said.
Last season in baseball, Sprinkle had a 7-3 record with an ERA of 1.39. He struck out 91 batters with 43 hits and 30 walks. Opponents had a batting average of .182 against him.
“I need to continue to work hard, and don’t look 10 years ahead or five years,” Sprinkle said. “I need to act like I don’t have any offers and keep working hard.”
Sprinkle’s older brother, Jeremy, plays tight end for the Razorbacks and his oldest brother, Aaron, is a senior football player at Ouachita Baptist.
Sprinkle said watching his brothers go through the recruiting process has been helpful.
“Coaches are going to promise certain things,” Sprinkle said. “But you just have to pick out what you like about the campus and the program.
“From the small schools to the big schools, no matter where you go, you are going to have to put in the work.”
His brothers have been dishing out the same advice as Grandma Marie.
“They given me a little advice,” Sprinkle said. “Just stay humble and keep working.
“… Don’t stop working. Don’t feel like you’ve made it.
“Stay humble and know that you are blessed.”
Sprinkle said he is really looking forward to this fall and his senior year.
“It seems like yesterday, I was in little league and pee wee,” Sprinkle said. “I just can’t wait to walk around school in our jerseys on Fridays.
“I can’t wait to get out there with them.”
Sprinkle improved his 40-yard dash time to 4.6 seconds from last season.
“I think they are really excited about that,” Sprinkle said.
“He has gotten faster,” Vaughn said. “His speed has increased.”
Vaughn said Sprinkle would anchor the team’s defense as well.
“As soon as that cool weather comes, it is going to be really fun,” Sprinkle said.