May 18, 2011

Sophomore Star Picks Texas

Although he has not even finished his sophomore season yet, Madison shortstop Andy McGuire decided to wrap-up his college recruitment early by giving the University of Texas a verbal commitment late last week.

Why such an early decision for McGuire who many colleges to pick from? "Texas has been my dream school for as long as I can remember. I went on an unofficial visit and absolutely loved it. I committed early because, well, I had that option so I jumped on it", McGuire told

McGuire had interest from a host of schools including Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, but his ties to Texas allowed him and his family to be comfortable with an early decision. Andy's father David explained the connections to the Lone Star state: "His mom and three uncles all graduated from Duncanville High School in the Dallas area and are all big Texas fans. He was exposed to Texas as a young kid and it made an impression. Ever since he was in little league it's always been his dream to be a Longhorn but didn't think it was an option since there are rarely many non-Texans on the roster." McGuire was actually born in Morocco and spent his first four years overseas before we moved to Virginia.

Andy's older brother Ryan (Class of 2011) will be playing next season in Texas for the Odessa College Wranglers (Junior College) and hopes to either get drafted or transfer to UT to reunite with his brother in 2013.

Madison coach Mark "Pudge" Gjormand told us that he was caught off guard a little bit by the early commitment, but knew early on that he had a special player. "We don't normally start freshmen here at Madison", Gjormand told, adding "but last spring we put him in the lineup and he responded with his best games in our biggest games of the season, something you would not expect from such a young player. In all my years here at Madison we have had some very talented players but none like Andy. He is very mature for his age, in practice it doesn't matter if D-I coaches are in attendance or not, he practices the same way, hard, all the time."

"Texas wants him as a shortstop and a late inning closer," Gjormand said. "Andy is very talented, fast and has such quick hands. He is already very good defensively and he will become a much better and more aggressive hitter. We want him to enjoy the progression of becoming a great player."

So far this season McGuire is batting .350 and as a pitcher he has recorded a 3-1 record with a 1.20 earned run average. His fastball already hits the high 80s.

When not playing for Madison McGuire has played for the Stars and Canes. Jeff Petty, General Manager for the Canes had this to say "This has been a dream of Andy's since he could swing a bat to play for Texas, and now that dream is a reality. Andy is a special player. There aren't a lot of players that are sophomores that have the full package in size, speed, arm strength, upper 80's on the mound, and overall make-up that McGuire brings to the table. We are excited for Andy, and thrilled to have him in our infield the next two years."

McGuire told us "The early commitment takes a load of pressure off a high school baseball player. In my next few years at Madison my biggest goal will be to progress and become the best baseball player and the best young man I can be. Our team is fortunate to have a great coaching staff and great guys and hopefully that'll lead us to what we all want, a state championship. "

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