NAPLES — Yet another Seacrest baseball player has committed to continue his sport in college.
Last week, senior Elliot Gonzalez verbally committed to Palm Beach Atlantic, a Division II school in West Palm Beach. He is the fourth member of the Stingrays senior class to commit to a college baseball team.
Gonzalez joins the quartet of Stingray college recruits along with Jay Jenkins (Flagler), Donato DiNorcia (Le Moyne) and C.J. Price (Washington University-St. Louis).
"We have pretty good expectations," Gonzalez said about this season, which begins Feb. 11. "The four of us have been playing together since middle school. We want to go out knowing we did something special."
Gonzalez, a 6-foot, 175-pound infielder, has played for Seacrest since his eighth-grade year. He hit .256 his first season and has raised his average every season since, all the way up to .407 as a junior in 2012.
Though he plays third base for the Stingrays, Gonzalez said he'll likely play outfield at Palm Beach Atlantic. He plays outfield for his travel team.
"I'll be spread out a lot," Gonzalez said. "The coach likes my versatility."
Born in Puerto Rico before moving to Texas when he was 5 years old, Gonzalez moved to Naples in 2005. He looked at a variety of Division II and III colleges before deciding on Palm Beach Atlantic.
Though he preferred to stay in state, Gonzalez said that wasn't the deciding factor. He said he felt at home when he visited the school's campus. Plus he said it will provide him the best chance to get a job in sports management and business when he graduates.
"It felt like the right fit," Gonzalez said. "I just felt really comfortable there."