Outfield was a position of need for South Carolina to address in the 2013 baseball class and one of the headliners is Brock Maxwell (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert).
Maxwell was one of the final pieces of the recruiting puzzle for the Gamecocks and head coach Chad Holbrook. Ranked as the No. 156 player in the country by PerfectGame, Maxwell committed to South Carolina on July 27. He was the 19th player in a 20-member class.
“It’s a top five program in the country every year and winning national championships,” Maxwell said of his decision to commit to the Gamecocks. “I thrive off of people in the stands. I like when there are a lot of people at games. I know they average like 6,000 to 8,000 people per game. I think I’ll fit in there.”
Maxwell had offers from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State, and a host of other schools showed interest and promised offers if he were to visit their campus. A left-handed hitter, Maxwell didn’t need to go gallivanting around the southeast. When he was ready to make a decision, he knew South Carolina was the place.
His official visit over the weekend solidified that feeling as he got back on campus for the first time since the summer.
“I loved the visit,” Maxwell said. “Probably my favorite thing of the whole visit was going to the football game and seeing all the people there to support the team. I feel like I got along with everyone on the team very well and we’re all going to have a lot of fun playing together.”
Maxwell, who didn’t know any of his future teammates heading into the big official visit weekend, was able to spend a couple of days with each member of the 2013 signing class.
A football player for his high school team, Maxwell arrived on Saturday morning following his football game on Friday night. He was able to take in South Carolina’s 38-20 victory over Arkansas on the football field and spent a lot of time with the baseball coaches, too.
“The coaches always seem very excited,” Maxwell said. “They said we’re the second-ranked class in the country. Coach Holbrook always has a smile on his face and I can’t wait to play for him when I get to college.”
Maxwell fits the mold of a typical Holbrook outfielder. He is fast, running the 60-yard dash in 6.8 seconds. He’s got a strong arm being clocked at 93 mph from the outfield.
“I have a pretty good arm and make good decisions at the plate,” Maxwell said. “I swing at what I like; I don’t swing at what I don’t like.”
On Wednesday, Maxwell signed with South Carolina committing his future to the Gamecocks. He is a player who could go high in the draft in June but, at least for now, he’s all Gamecock.
“I feel that it is an honor to have the opportunity to play and be a part of one of the top baseball programs in the nation,” Maxwell said.
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