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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