Oakland's Wilson commits to Austin Peay to play baseball

Oakland's Wilson commits to Austin Peay to play baseball

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Oakland's Wilson commits to Austin Peay to play baseball

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Justin Wilson didn’t need to spend any more time debating on his college future.

The Oakland junior already knew where he wanted to play in college.

Wilson committed to Austin Peay, where he was recruited as a catcher.

“I really like what coach (Gary) McClure has done there,” Wilson said. “I like the facilities. They have some new freshmen dorms.

“And they done really well the last couple of years, almost getting to the Super Regional last year.”

Austin Peay finished the season 47-15, falling to Indiana in the finals of the Indiana Regional. McClure is Austin Peay’s and the OVC’s all-time wins leader.

Commitments are non-binding for the school and the athlete. Wilson cannot sign until November 2014.

Wilson hit .273 a year ago for the Patriots in 2013. He had four doubles and a triple last year for Oakland, which advanced to the Region 4-AAA semifinals.

Austin Peay’s coaches noticed Wilson this past summer, while he was behind home plate for the Nashville Knights. Wilson said they liked his size and speed as a catcher.

“It’s good to go on and get it out and commit early,” Oakland coach Mack Hawks said. “If you know that is where you want to go, you should go ahead and commit early.”

Wilson played in the outfield for Oakland this past season, behind catchers Peyton Motroni and Sebastian Lynn. He is slated to play again in the outfield this spring due to the Patriots’ depth behind home plate.

Wilson has been selected to compete in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, a baseball showcase, on Jan. 17-20, 2014 in Tuscson, Ariz.

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