Evans High School’s Matt Anderson became the latest in a growing list of Columbia County athletes to commit to play for a Division I college program.
On Thursday, after making a visit to the Georgia Southern University campus, the Knights’ senior verbally committed to play baseball for the Eagles.
“They took their time to get to know me before they brought me on campus and that really had a big impact on me because it’s the next four years of my life in terms of where I go, so it’s a big deal,” said Anderson.
Evans head baseball coach Ricky Beale thinks Anderson made a great
“He’s a great kid and a hard worker,” said Beale. “I look forward to seeing him down at GSU. It is a great opportunity for him. The coaching staff down there does a great job.”
As a freshman, Anderson was Second Team All-County and was a First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA and First Team All-County catcher. He had shoulder surgery in March 2014, which limited his playing time as a junior, but the Eagles were not deterred.
“They saw me play a lot in Atlanta this summer,” said Anderson. “That’s where they came and watched me a little bit more and got to know me better.”
They said what Anderson was hoping to hear.
“It really pushed me over the edge when they said I could come in and play right away and that they believed in me as a player,” said Anderson “Not only as a player but as a young man.”
Anderson’s twin brother Kyle committed to the University of South Carolina in 2013, so while they’ll still be brothers, after Evans’ 2015 season they won’t be teammates.
“It’s going to be difficult being away from him because I’ve been with him all my life,” Anderson said. “To see him go a separate way is going to be tough, but I’m proud of him and who he is now and who he’s going to continue to be and only grow more. It’s going to be different not having him there.”