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Colby Suggs now in ‘Hog Heaven’

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Sulphur Springs pitcher/infielder Colby Suggs has had a whirlwind summer.

After the Wildcats baseball season ended back in the spring, Suggs wanted to get into more action. By playing in special summer events he was scouted by college coaches and got the chance of a lifetime.

Suggs agreed Tuesday to play baseball for the University of Arkansas. The verbal commitment will be followed later, Suggs said, by a letter of intent to attend the Fayetteville, Ark., university.

Suggs, a 6-0, 225-pound member of the Wildcat baseball team, saw his stock skyrocket after games played in summer showcases.

“I went to one showcase at Blinn College in Brenham and then I got invited to another one in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Metrodome, that was a thrill,” Suggs said. “I did well and even got to participate in the home run derby and knocked one out. It’s great to play under that A/C this time of year.”

Suggs not only hit well, but reached 96 mph on the radar gun while pitching. He was recruited to Arkansas as a pitcher/first baseman.

“I was raised a fan of Razorbacks because dad is from there,” Suggs said. “It has always been my dream to be a Hog. Now I am going to Arkansas to play baseball... this is such a great thing, I can hardly believe it.”

Suggs said before the summer baseball games and showcases he was unsure of his future. He was really just looking for a possible junior college scholarship.

But the scouts and coaches from Arkansas liked what they saw and made the offer. He also was recruited by Texas, Oklahoma and Dallas Baptist University.

Suggs went to Dallas Baptist and liked the facilities, but decided on Arkansas.

“The facilities and everything at Arkansas are just the top of the line,” Suggs said. “The field was amazing. The coaches were all very nice and knowledgeable. I can tell it will be a good place for me for the next three or four years or however long I get to be there.”

Suggs continued, “I have relatives in Arkansas who now get to watch me play. I think this is all going to work out great. It really is a dream come true. I know this is a tremendous opportunity and I want to make the most of it.”

Suggs is also excited about going to a program which went to the College World Series.

“My goal has always been to play on a team that wins the College World Series. Arkansas went last year, so that was a part of my decision,” Suggs said.

 

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