It’s a dream Lawson Humphries has had for a long time, signing to play big-time college baseball.
On Monday, he made that a reality signing with Georgia Southern, a Division-I program that played in a regional final in last season’s NCAA baseball tournament. He said it was hard to fathom the accomplishment after he put pen to paper at a ceremony on Monday.
“It’s surreal because of all the hard work you put in and all the effort and time,” he said. “It’s just really rewarding to sign with someone so good.”
Humphries wore the state championship ring he helped the Gators earn last season. He is a two-position star, playing both pitcher and outfield for Glenwood. Last season, he compiled a 7-3 record, 1.51 ERA and 87 strikeouts on the mound and batted .357 with 30 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.He plans to bring that versatility to the Eagles after he graduates this spring.
Still, he’s focused on adding another ring to his collection in his final high school baseball season. He said it was a relief to be able to close this chapter on his recruitment and be able to focus all of his energy on helping his team find success again in his final campaign.
“It’s really just so much relief and you can focus on high school sports now,” he said. “Getting to college was a big deal, but winning state is the main focus now. It’s a lot easier now that I can just focus on that.”
Humphries was joined in signing by Elizabeth Perdue, who inked with Columbus State softball at Monday’s ceremony as well.
She said she selected Columbus State because of the proximity to home and that signing there was the fulfillment of a dream, as well.
“It’s a dream that I’ve had for a long time,” she said. “It’s something I’ve worked at and I’m glad that I’ve gotten this far.”
Perdue, a shortstop, batted .443 with four home runs and 32 RBIs as a junior last season en route to being named first-team All-East-Alabama for the Ledger-Enquirer.