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Good timing helps Patriots lock down King
NC standout commits to play baseball at FMU
NORTH CENTRAL PITCHER Grayson King will go from being a Knight to a Patriot in 2013 after the NC junior committed to play baseball at Francis Marion University. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
As he entered American Legion Park to watch a potential prospect from visiting Orangeburg take on the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion team in a June game, Francis Marion University head baseball coach Art Inabinet got a “two-fer.”By coincidence, the 17ers sent Grayson King to the mound that evening and he not only shut down the Orangeburg offense in an 8-1 KC win, but the rising senior at North Central caught the eye of the Patriots’ coach.A few days later, King and his high school head coach, Robbie Cash, were taking an unofficial visit to the FMU campus. That trip to Florence opened the six-foot, 209-pound right-hander’s eyes and then, shut the door on any other school which wanted to get in line to recruit King.On Monday, in the time between North Central’s early morning football practice and team meetings, King said he was going to call Inabinet and commit to Francis Marion. He is expected to sign his national letter-of-intent with program during the NCAA’s early signing period in November.With his decision made and his recruitment now behind him, the 2012 Region 3-A baseball player of the year can focus on the upcoming gridiron season and then, prepare for the challenge of the baseball season.“It’s a big relief,” said the two-time class A All-State selection.