New South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston picked up his second commitment from a Midlands player in a week.
Lexington sophomore David Cromer verbally committed to the Gamecocks on his birthday Sunday. He is the fourth USC commit for the Class of 2020, joining Blythewood’s Landon Lucas and Chapin’s Cade Austin, who committed last week.
“I have been a Gamecock fan my entire life and always dreamed of playing there. After looking at C of C, Clemson and USC my heart kept telling me USC is where I wanted to be,” Cromer said. “And another big factor is my family will be able to see me play.”
Cromer hit .386 with a homer and 19 RBI for the Wildcats’ JV team last year. He won the Silver Slugger award last weekend at the Diamond Prospect Palmetto Games at USC’s Founders Park.
Cromer, 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, also plays linebacker for the Wildcat football team and had seven tackles in Lexington’s season opener against West Florence on Friday.
Cromer’s father, DT, played baseball at South Carolina and was an 11th round pick by the Oakland A’s in 1992. DT Cromer played two seasons in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000-01. Cromer’s two uncles also played baseball for the Gamecocks.