High School Sports

March 5, 2013

Conway baseball player Holmes commits to Florida

Another Conway baseball player appears headed for the highest level of NCAA baseball.

Junior pitcher Grant Holmes verbally committed to Florida late Monday evening, according to Conway coach Anthony Carroll. Holmes, the Tigers' best pitcher each of the last two seasons, blossomed into a top-flight prospect.

Last year, as a sophomore, Holmes was 4-3 with an ERA 1.16 for Conway. He also struck out 67 batters in just 54.1 innings while walking only 16 hitters all season.

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Holmes was also extremely reliable, throwing five complete games and allowing just nine earned runs all season. He is part of a talented trio for this year's team that includes shortstop Jordan Gore and catcher G.K. Young. Those two seniors have already signed with South Carolina and Coastal Carolina, respectively.

Both of those two players also committed to their college choices very early. Holmes also didn't want to wait until closer to November.

"I'm officially a Gator," Holmes wrote on his Twitter page Monday.

Well, not quite.

Holmes can officially sign with Florida in November during the early signing period for Class of 2014 players. While it is believed his recruitment is over, another stellar year on the mound could bring about even more attention.

Holmes' brother, Colby, is currently a senior at South Carolina and has established himself as the Gamecocks' top pitcher this season. Also a Conway grad, Colby Holmes played a role in three straight trips to the College World Series finals, including a championship victory over Florida in 2011.

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