Will White’s dream of playing college baseball went from fantasy to reality on Thursday afternoon.
Flanked by his parents, family, friends and coaches, the Wayne Christian Eagles catcher signed a national letter of intent to play baseball and football at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.
“It’s a blessing,” White said. “I got my offer a few months ago, and it still hasn’t even hit me yet. It’s truly a blessing to have the coaches I have now. They’re the ones that pushed me to a whole other level. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.
“My parents put so much time, effort and love into this, so I definitely would not be here without them.”
White said he liked the idea of playing at a small-town school with a structured environment.
“It felt like home,” White said. “I went to a few other schools, but at Erskine, the coaches were so welcoming, and I’m used to a smaller school. That’s one of the main reasons it felt like home was because I’m used to a smaller school.
“It’s a beautiful campus with amazing people and amazing teachers, and I’m excited to get there.”
For his high school career, White has a .411 batting average, .537 on base percentage, 39 RBIs and 37 hits. In three games this season White is batting .600. Wayne Christian Michael Hamm said White is a born leader, who always works hard and puts the team first.
“It’s a really big deal, and to able to be a part of this is really an honor,” Hamm said about seeing one of his players sign a letter of intent. “Will has worked really hard. He’s one of the hardest-working student-athletes I’ve ever been around. He has embraced a leadership role, and it’s been amazing to see him grow.”
Erskine finished with a 13-14 overall record, and a 4-6 record in Conference Carolinas play last season. On the gridiron, the Flying Fleet has not competed in football since 1952, and White will help the Flying Fleet relaunch the football program in 2020.
“The coaches there are amazing, and they have great players. For me, being able to have that coaching staff that not only wants to make great ball players, but great men is something that was huge to me,” White said.
White plans to major in either exercise science or kinesiology, and after graduating from college, he plans on getting a master’s degree in business.