Prep Talk | Area athletes lock in college commitments

11/14/2012 12:43 PM

11/14/2012 12:51 PM

Conway baseball players Jordan Gore and G.K. Young have officially signed with their respective colleges, something the pair did Wednesday.

Gore followed through on his verbal commitment to South Carolina while Young stuck with a verbal he made to Coastal Carolina nearly 18 months ago. For the pair of Tigers, it was the next step in what has already been two outstanding prep careers.

“They’ve both been very solid the whole time,” Conway coach Anthony Carroll said of the two players honoring their college commitments. “I don’t think either of them considered anybody else. I think both programs are getting very good players.”

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As a junior Young batted .485 with eight home runs, four doubles and 30 RBI while racking up 18 walks and striking out only four times. He was named to the Class AAAA All-State team.

Gore led the team in batting average (.488). He also had 14 RBI eight doubles and a triple en route to also being named the Class AAAA All-State team. Like Young, he had an impressive tendency to avoid strikeouts. Gore had just four all season.

After one more season at Conway, Gore will move on to join the Gamecocks, a team that has made three straight trips to the College World Series championship. South Carolina won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s such a great opportunity,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s fantastic.”

Gore’s move will be a shorter one, although that doesn’t mean he also doesn’t have high expectations.

“They’ve worked their way up a lot,” Young said of CCU and coach Gary Gilmore. “I’d love to be a part of the first national championship, first team to go to the World Series.”

At least two other area athletes already signed Letters of Intent Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA early signing period. Myrtle Beach basketball player Tanisha Brown committed to UNC-Charlotte, and Seahawks girls golfer Cameron Crutchfield signed with NCAA Division II Coker College.

Carolina Forest softball standout Marisa Runyon is scheduled to sign with defending national champion Alabama at a ceremony at her school at 2 p.m.

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