Ringgold baseball standout Austin Parrish recently committed to Georgia  State University in Atlanta.

 
The three-year starter for the Blue-and-White said he is anxious about his  future in college, and glad he can now focus more on his upcoming high school  season.
 
"I'm really excited about Georgia State," he said. "I loved the coaches  when I went down there. They're just the kind of coaches I want to be around.  The campus was really nice, and I loved everything about it. I really didn't  know much about the program at first, but they seem to have a good baseball  program and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
 
Ringgold baseball head coach Brent Tucker said nothing but positive things  about Parrish, who he anticipates having another good season at Ringgold  following a second place finish in the Class AAA State Tournament in 2011.
 
Tucker said he also thought Parrish would be a good collegiate  athlete.
 
"Austin’s work ethic has brought success on and off the field,” Tucker  said. “He is a leader on and off of the field.”
 
Parrish, who is a pitcher and outfielder, said he is looking for another  "great season" with the Tigers.
 
"I've had three good years at Ringgold," he said. "I think we're going to  have another great year. We're going to have to have a few players step up, but  I'm really looking forward to this season."
 
Parrish, who is in the National Junior Honor Society and has a 3.7 grade  point average, said he is undecided on what he wants to major in at Georgia  State.
 
He said he wanted to thank his coaches and parents Brian and Beth Parrish  for all of their support.

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