Kyle McCann could’ve let the recruiting process play out, weighing offers from what surely would’ve been a long list of suitors.
The Lambert catcher knew where he wanted to play college baseball all along, though, and with the start of his junior season three weeks away, McCann committed to Georgia Tech while on campus Saturday.
“My parents asked me, ‘Who else are you waiting for?’” McCann said. “There really weren’t any other schools.”
According to amateur scouting service Perfect Game USA, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound McCann rates as the No. 1 catcher in Georgia and among the top 200 players nationally for the 2016 class.
When McCann called Georgia Tech coaches last week and asked to attend practice and take a few minutes of their time, they obliged. Yellow Jackets assistant coach Bryan Prince, himself a former All-ACC catcher at Tech, recruited McCann, but he didn’t know the real reason for the visit.
“When I told him I was committing, coach Prince was real excited,” McCann said. “He was like, ‘you made my day.’”
McCann said he wanted a good academic school for a planned major in business (check) that was close to home (check—it’s 35 miles from Lambert to Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium). And, of course, he wanted a strong program. Danny Hall has 854 wins as head coach at Georgia Tech; the Yellow Jackets have been to 18 NCAA Tournaments and made three College World Series appearances under Hall’s watch. Since Hall took over on the Flats in 1994, 106 Georgia Tech players have been taken in the MLB Draft.
Prince started recruiting McCann early this fall. McCann took one visit and committed during his second trip to the downtown Atlanta campus.
“It really just was the best option, when we sat down and thought about it,” McCann said. “I knew Georgia Tech was where I wanted to go.”