Prep baseball: Seacrest's Price verbally commits to Washington University

C.J. Price is Seacrest's latest all-state baseball player to commit to a college program.

The senior catcher recently committed to Washington University, a Division III program in St. Louis. He is the third Stingrays senior to commit to a college this offseason.

While the commitments are only verbal agreements for the time being, they'll become official next week. Price plans to sign a national letter of intent at the start of the NCAA early signing period on Nov. 14. He'll join teammates Jay Jenkins (Flagler) and Donato DiNorcia (Le Moyne).

The quality of the school was just as important as the strength of the baseball program when Price was looking at colleges. He visited Bates, Dartmouth, Tufts and Vasser but finally felt at home at Washington.

"It's always been my goal to play at a school with both great academics and great baseball," Price said. "The feeling that I got when I stepped onto Wash U's campus was unlike the feeling I had at any other school. That's ultimately what gave me the final push."

Price tied Jenkins for the team lead with a .443 batting average last season. He was second in runs with 33, and led the team in walks (19) and slugging percentage (.700).

Price, Jenkins and DiNorcia were selected to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 3A all-state team in the spring.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Price throws right and bats left. He's a converted catcher after playing middle infield his first two years at Seacrest. Price said his versatility was one of the reason's Washington was interested.

From the campus to the location to the program, Price said he's found the perfect fit for his college career.

"The coaches are really great," Price said. "The teammates were all very personable and supportive. They value academics as well as athletics. And St. Louis is such a great baseball city. ... It's everything I'm looking for."

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