It was another busy day of student-athletes officially committing to colleges Friday at Greenbrier High School.
In a dual ceremony, Wolfpack baseball player Steven Maier signed to play for Division II North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. while golfer David Hemann signed to play for Division II Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.
Maier’s hitting coach Chris Tate contacted the Crusaders, the school indicated they needed an outfielder and it went from there.
“We went on a regular school visit, talked to the coaches, it’s a good Christian school,” said Maier. “I wanted to go somewhere like that, that had a good influence on me, and it just seemed right.”
Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins likes what Maier does on and off the field.
“He’s a great kid who does all the right things on Friday and Saturday night,” said Wilkins. “I harp on that so much because I think that’s the most important thing. It translates onto the playing field.”
Maier, who plans to study sports management or pre-engineering, doesn’t know if he will get on the field next year, but is ready to do whatever the school asks of him.
”They’re looking at probably red-shirting me, but it’s just to get stronger and faster and just to be ready to play college and I’ll just do the best I can after that.”
Hemann has battled injuries during the past two school seasons and has played little for the Wolfpack, and not at all this year. This past summer he finished third in a tournament at West Lake and second the following week in a tournament at his home course at Jones Creek, and he said everything came from there.
“For the most part I met a guy, Joe Young, that played for Georgia College a couple years back and he kind of set up the meeting and greeting and everything, and them monitoring me and them deciding whether they wanted to offer me to come play for them next year,” Hemann said.
Hemann will concentrate on his golf this summer and try to make a place for himself on the team.
“I’m just going to stay practiced up as much as I can for college next year, hopefully come out and make a big impact as a freshman,” Hemann said. “That’s what everybody’s dream is to do and I’m just going to give it all I got.”