Watson Chapel graduate Andrew Morgan signed his letter of intent to play collegiate baseball at Northark College on Tuesday afternoon.
Northark College is a two-year community college located in Harrison, Arkansas.
Morgan was one of the senior leaders on the Watson Chapel Wildcats' baseball team this past season, contributing to their success. The Wildcats made it all the way to the state title game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville but lost to Sylvan Hills 1-0.
At the signing ceremony Tuesday, Morgan reflected on the memories he shares with his Wildcat family while also showing elation at the chance to continue his baseball career.
“I’m definitely going to miss playing here at Watson Chapel,” Morgan said. “I’m going to miss how hard we practiced and how bonded we were together as a team. Every day we became more and more of a family. We never gave up on each other and always had each other’s back. My uncle went to Northark and had a great time there, so I really wanted to go there myself. They have a new coach that seems like a pretty good guy, so I looked forward to playing for him. I have a ton of skills to offer and I’ll put in 110 percent each practice and game. Hopefully, after a few years, I’ll be playing at a four-year school or maybe even go pro if I work hard enough.”
Watson Chapel head coach Chad Cope has high expectations for Morgan as he transitions into the next level of play.
“He’s going to be a good player, I have no doubts,” Cope said.
“We talked to the coach at Northark to find him a place to play, because I know he can play at the next level. He loves the game, he does it the right way, and he’s going to be missed. He’s one of those kids that can’t be replaced, you just have to hope someone can step up and get the job done. Good thing about junior college is that he is going to get to play. You play about 40 or 50 games in the fall and about 50 or 60 games in the spring. Just about every time you play, there will be a college coach there scouting you and looking for kids who can play. So as long as he keeps his head on straight and his grades up, I should see him at a four-year college soon.”