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Elliott signs with Alabama

VIDEO BLOG: Oxford senior William Elliott signed to play baseball at the University of Alabama on Wednesday morning.

Prior to signing at the Oxford High library, Elliott joked he had been practicing his signature for a while to make sure it was just right.

Following the ceremony, Elliott talked about signing with the Tide and the work he has put in to get to today. Below is the video of that interview:

I talked with Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard about Elliott and his future with the Tide for today’s article (click HERE for the link). Most of the interview, however, didn’t make the print edition.

“William is a young man we had a lot of opportunities to evaluate over the last and half and feel he’s a good fit into our program,” Gaspard said. “He’s a left-handed bat that’s athletic and can play all three spots. We think he has a really high ceiling and after meeting him and his family we felt like he was a good fit with our program.”

Asked about early playing time, Gaspard said it’s possible, but it’s really up to Elliott.

“Early playing time is usually determined by the player with how quickly he can transition from high school to the college game but we really like his skill set,” he said.

This past season, Elliott led Oxford as a junior with a .387 batting average, a .465 on-base percentage, 35 RBIs and nine doubles. While he did just hit one home run, Elliott did have a .449 slugging percentage and Gaspard feels Elliott’s abilities fit well with where the college game is headed with the new bats.

“That was the one thing with him. He did show a little bit of power. We saw him hit two home runs at our place with a wooden bat to pull side. No question I think he’s a guy that’s going to be more of a high on-base guy who can split the gap. I think the power can come once he matures,” Gaspard said. “With the game changing the way it has the last couple of years I think on-base percentage and a contact hitter that can hit the ball all around the field and move runners is a high priority.”

Click HERE for photos from today’s ceremony and HERE for photos from Elliott’s baseball career at Oxford.

Checkout Wednesday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE for the complete article. (November 14, 2012)

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