After making his mark at a showcase event in the fall at Gordon College, Greenbrier High School’s Knox Marchman sealed the deal Wednesday afternoon.
That was when the Wolfpack’s senior third baseman signed his letter of intent to play for the East Georgia State College Bobcats (Swainsboro, Ga.) of the 20-member Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.
“You go there and try to impress as many people as possible and hope you get one,” said Marchman of the showcase. “Kind of like you’re going fishing, I guess. You try to bait the hook and see what you come out with.”
One of the ones he lured was Bobcats’pitching coach Matt Passauer.
“Ever since then I’ve heard words like work ethic, competitive, drive, passion for the game,” said Passauer. “As a college coach you put in a significant number of hours at the field and those are always good things to hear about a kid coming to college.”
One of those using the words about Marchman, who has committed just one error in 38 chances at the hot corner this season, is Wolfpack first-year head coach Jason Osborn.
“He’s been a good leader for us and he’s come up with some good hits for us this year, but he has really, really surprised me with his defense,” Osborn said.
“I knew we were going to get a good defensive player out of him, but he has made spectacular plays at third.”
Going to a two-year college is part of Marchman’s plan.
“The reason I picked junior college is because it’s like a second opportunity
to go Division I which is
my goal,” Marchman
“I figure I can go there for one to two years, get bigger, faster, stronger and then hopefully go somewhere big time.”
East Georgia State had a few things going for it as well.
“Some friends of mine go there and it’s close to home and I have some family down that way, too,” said Marchman.
“I just felt like it would be a good fit for me.”