Friday, August 5, 2011
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The list of major college commitments from what figures to be one of Gwinnett County’s most decorated high school baseball senior classes ever continues to grow as Norcross pitcher Chris Raasch gave a verbal commitment to attend Vanderbilt after visiting the school’s Nashville campus last weekend.
“It’s an amazing opportunity at Vanderbilt,” said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander, who chose the Commodores over scholarship offers from Mercer, Columbus State and Austin Peay, as well as interest from other Division I programs. “The opportunities are limitless, both academic and baseball-wise. You can’t beat it.”
Raasch had a solid junior season at Norcross despite the Blue Devils falling just one game short of a Class AAAAA state playoff berth, going 5-6 with a save and a 3.34 ERA in 562⁄3 innings.
He joins another rising Gwinnett senior — 2011 Daily Post Co-Player of the Year Matt Olson of Parkview — in committing to Vanderbilt.
He is also the latest member of an ever-growing, star-studded list of rising seniors from Gwinnett schools giving early commitments to major Division I programs, joining Olson, the other 2011 Daily Post Co-Player of the Year Christin Stewart of Providence Christian (Tennessee), Jack Esmonde of Parkview (Georgia), Lucas Sims of Brookwood (Clemson) and Zack Erwin of Duluth (Clemson).
“It’s really huge, not only for him, but for our program,” Norcross coach Andy Collins said of Raasch’s commitment.
Daily Post Sports Editor Will Hammock contributed to this story