Greenbrier infielder Knox Marchman recently had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American Tournament.
The event was held in Tucson, Ariz. at King Sports Complex, the former spring training home of the Arizona Diamond Backs and the Chicago White Sox.
There were only three ways to be invited to this exclusive event. Players could get an invitation based on past performances at Baseball Factory Events throughout the country. They also could be recommended by a professional scout.
Finally, they could get in based on their performance at one of 120 tryouts across the United States.
Each tryout had over 100 players, so the competition was stiff. Marchman attended a tryout in Atlanta and got word he was selected the following week. Only 26 players from the state of Georgia were invited and only nine Georgians from the 2014 graduating class earned a spot at this prestigious event.
Marchman hit .333 for Greenbrier last season and led the team in stolen bases, helping guide the team to Class AAAAA Championship Series. He has also traveled the U.S. over the last several summers competing with the best prep players in America as part of the McCann Macs. The travel squad is run by Howie McCann, the father of former Braves catcher Brian McCann.
The elder McCann also coached at the collegiate level at LSU, UGA, and Marshall. The 5-9, 180-pound Marchman has played his best versus the best competition, and that trend continued last week in Tucson.
For the week, Marchman hit .429 despite facing a who’s who of the top high school pitchers in the country.
In one day he faced three pitchers who threw in the 90s and the trio have committed to Southern Cal, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. In addition to playing the best competition in front of professional scouts throughout the three-day event, players also were put through pro-style workouts. These workouts were videotaped and each player now has their own Baseball Factory player page. The page includes a professionally edited video of their performance, contact information, and a scout evaluation. This page can be emailed directly to college coaches and pro scouts, which gives invitees a leg up in the recruiting process.
Marchman was the only player from the CSRA to participate in the event. Congrats to him on representing Columbia County so well.
ANOTHER PLAYER invited to the Under Armour Pre-Season All-American Tournament was Jason Delk. Delk is a 6-2, 175-pound senior catcher from Alpharetta, Ga. He attends Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy and it just so happens, Columbia County legend Todd Greene coaches Delk. Greene also spent a decade playing catcher at the major league level, so that has certainly played a role in Delk’s development.
More offers for Roundtree
Scholarship offers continue to pour in for Lakeside junior safety Rashad Roundtree. Last week, I did a breakdown of the wild story of his recruitment. Since then, he has received offers from Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Alabama. On Wednesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart visited Lakeside to make the offer in person. Smart told Roundtree that he was the top safety on their board for 2015. The Alabama offer brings his recruitment to another level. Roundtree will have his pick of any school in the country. Recruiting Web sites are scurrying to adjust their assessment of the 6-1, 195-pound defensive back. A couple of months ago, he was not even listed by most of the top recruiting Web sites. Now, one site has Roundtreee ranked as the No. 16 safety in America, and he’s moving up that list fast.