Wesleyan ace Garvin commits to No. 1 Vandy

With his pick of top baseball schools, Wesleyan pitcher Grayson Garvin selected the nation's current No. 1 team Vanderbilt last week.

The rising senior committed to the Commodores last week, but he and Wesleyan coach Mike Shaheen intentionally kept the news private until after the Wolves' Final Four series vs. Calhoun. He also considered Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Clemson.

"I wanted a great education wherever I went," Garvin said. "It's tough for people picking colleges when you also add baseball in (with academics), but Vandy's also got a great baseball program where I can develop.

"I felt like Vandy was the best mix of both things."

The left-hander was dominating for most of his junior season at Wesleyan, at one point carrying a scoreless-inning streak that reached 44 innings. He recorded the game's first 16 outs by strikeout in a state quarterfinal win over Pierce County.

Garvin was 10-1 this season with a 1.80 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 812⁄3 innings. He also hit .407 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs.

Considered a top prospect because of his skills and his 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame, Garvin said it would take a pretty high selection in the 2008 MLB Draft for him to consider going pro instead of attending Vandy.

"(Going pro out of high school) is definitely a possibility," Garvin said. "A lot of it depends on how much I mature physically and as a baseball player in the next year. That's always a possibility, but it would have to be high because of the academic reputation of Vanderbilt and what that means for getting a job after college."