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Oxford’s Elliott commits to Alabama

BLOG: Oxford rising senior William Elliott has verbally committed to play baseball at Alabama.

Elliott said that after playing well this summer for the Memphis-based East Coast Grays, the Crimson Tide began showing interest and eventually offered him a scholarship.

Elliott has visited Tuscaloosa, Ala., several times and after talking with Alabama’s coaches, he felt comfortable enough to commit to the Tide on Wednesday.

“It just felt right, you know?” he said earlier today. “A long time ago someone told me ‘you should want to go where they want you’ and I just felt that Alabama was willing to stick it out there for me.”

Below is Elliott’s official public announcement from, where else, Twitter:

As a junior at Oxford, Elliott hit a team-best .387 with 36 hits, 35 RBIs, 18 runs scored and 12 extra-base hits. Elliott also led Oxford with a .465 on-base percentage and was only behind teammate Parker Adamson in slugging percentage (.559).

While Elliot’s ability at the plate is undeniable, Elliott admitted his performance in the field wasn’t his best.

During time at third base and in the outfield in 2012, Elliott committed a team-high 14 errors while fielding .759.

Elliott said the Tide wants a left-handed bat and project him as a corner outfielder. In an effort to prove he’s more than just a bat, Elliott said he worked hard with his father and incoming Ole Miss Rebel Luke Gibbs this offseason to improve his defense.

“I don’t know what it was about this summer, but I really, really got comfortable in the outfield,” he said. “I’ve always pushed myself to be the best I can, and when I see a weak point, I just want to go right at it.”

Elliott accepted a scholarship offer from Alabama over a walk-on offer from Ole Miss and interest from Southeastern Louisiana and Northwest Mississippi Community College.

A one-time quarterback and defensive back on the football team, Elliott has opted to hang up his football cleats in large part because of his previous injury history in order to focus on baseball.

“I hurt my shoulder a time or two and had a couple of concussions, so I just decided I don’t want to risk anything else,” he said. “I just want to stick with baseball and make it as far as I can with that.”

For more on Elliott’s commitment, see Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (August 3, 2012)

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