Sumrall baseball standout Graham Crawford announced Friday afternoon his commitment to Pearl River Community College.
“It’s been probably six months or so that I’ve been thinking hard on it,” Crawford said. “It just finally hit me where I needed to be.”
Crawford has practiced at the Wildcat’s field, Dub Herring Park, since he was 14-years-old. He did so with the Mississippi Mets alongside West Jones standout Kris Riley, who also recently committed to Pearl River.
“It just feels like home, man,” Crawford said.
Crawford, a catcher, is entering his senior year at Sumrall. In 32 games last season for the Bobcats, he batted .253 with 17 RBI and four home runs. Pearl River, Jones County and Meridian highlighted his offer sheet and were his favorites leading into the decision.
“Those three were always real tight there together. But like I said, Pearl River just felt like home to me.”
Crawford says plenty of other factors played a role in his decision, too.
“The recruits they have coming in also played a big part,” Crawford said. “They’re also doing a lot of renovations. They are definitely a baseball school in my opinion.”
This past season, the Wildcats (38-11) captured an MACJC State Championship before coming up short in the Region 23 Tournament. They are led by head coach Michael Avalon, who is entering his third year with the team.
“They’re headed in the right direction and have the right man at the wheel,” Crawford said of PRCC. “I’m just ready to go do it.”