LAURINBURG — Scotland High School infielder Grant English has committed to play baseball for Winthrop University.
English, a junior at Scotland, will play primarily as a second baseman for the Eagles after he graduates in 2015, but may also see playing time at third and shortstop. English chose Winthrop over ECU, UNCW and Appalachian State. ECU had been recruiting English for some time, but Winthrop approached him with an offer in the last few months and won him over, he said.
English said there were numerous factors that lead to his decision.
“I liked the smaller type of school and the possibility to see playing time as a freshman,” English said.
Winthrop’s enrollment is just under 6,000. English said he also felt a good connection with the coaching staff at Winthrop, which is lead by head coach Tom Riginos. Riginos took over the Eagles program in 2010 after spending eight years at Clemson as the hitting and outfielders coach.
Perfect Game, a website for baseball recruiters, ranks English as the No. 2 second baseman in the state of North Carolina for his class, and the No. 11 in the nation at the position among juniors. In addition to his role with the Scots, English also plays on a travel team in Charlotte. At the 16U WWBA National Championship over the summer, English collected a batting average of .364 with eight hits, four RBI and four stolen bases.
Committing in junior year will take a lot of stress of the process off from the remainder of his high school career, he said. He will still have two more seasons to play for Scotland and coach Jamie Coleman. English said his goals remain the same: win the Southeastern Conference and beat Richmond.