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BUFORD – University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball coach Steve Williams relishes the chance at landing a talented prospect and when he’s from the area, that’s icing on the cake.
Williams was able to turn the double play as he signed Buford High School baseball star Colt Ellis on Tuesday morning in the school’s conference room.
“Coach Williams is getting a good one,” Buford coach Eric Funderburk said.
“Colt’s dedicated and he’s a hard worker. He’s been a cornerstone in our baseball program.
“He will be greatly missed and leave some large cleats to fill,” Funderburk said. “He has a great love of the game and works hard. I think he will do well at the next level.”
Ellis has done well in his time with the BHS program, reaping all-region and all-state honors as the Jackets’ baseball MVP last season.
In the Post 31 American Legion program, Ellis earned the Best All-Around Award last season.
Two years ago, he was named the P-31 Rookie of the Year.
A year ago for the region and district runner-up Yellow Jackets’ team, Ellis hit .455, with four home runs, 28 runs batted in and a .742 slugging percentage.
The BHS ace hurler, Ellis was 4-4 with a 2.57 earned run average and 56 strikeouts in 63 frames.
“I like coach Williams because he gives me solid advice,” Ellis said. “I think they have a fine baseball program and one of the best coaches there.
“I feel I can get a good start there on the field and in the classroom,” he said.
Ellis tipped his cap to his family and coaches.
“I want to thank my family for supporting me throughout my career,” Ellis said. “My coaches have helped, especially Quintin Rodgers, who coached me going back to Dixie Baseball.”
Ellis is also a stellar student, sporting a 3.4 grade point average.
“Colt is a good all-round kid,” Buford High School principal Jonathan Phipps said. “He’s a wonderful person and we wish him the best in what is a bright future.”