South Forsyth pitcher Wil Foy didn’t wait long to jump on the chance to play baseball at the University of Alabama.
Foy was offered a spot with the Crimson Tide on a visit to Tuscaloosa for last Saturday’s Alabama-Florida football game and committed to the Alabama coaching staff over the phone on Tuesday.
Alabama was the first Division I school to show interest in the 6-foot-5, 173-pound right-handed pitcher. Flagler College and Abraham Baldwin College had also touched base with Foy this summer.
“I wasn’t expecting the offer at all,” Foy said. “They had come to South over the summer to watch me throw a bullpen session, and we had been in contact some since then, but I was surprised on Saturday.”
Crimson Tide coaches are hoping Foy can fill out his lanky frame and add velocity to his 87-mph fastball, making the circle-change — his best pitch — more effective.
“That was the biggest thing for Alabama, they like how projectable I am,” Foy said. “They think once I finish growing and add weight, I’ll start throwing that fastball harder.”
Saturday’s visit to the Capstone was Foy’s first time seeing Alabama’s baseball facilities, though he had visited Tuscaloosa before on an academic visit. Several of Foy’s family members attended school at Alabama.
“I fell in love with Alabama,” Foy said. “As soon as I got there [Saturday] and got to see the campus, I just liked everything about it.”
For now, he still has one high school season left with coach Russell Bayer’s War Eagles. South has a deep pitching staff with Foy and Anthony Trovato, a Rollins College commit, and a multitude of seniors, including outfielder Michael Strait, a Richmond commit.
Foy said he plans to focus on adding weight, improving his curveball and pitching more out of the wind-up and not the stretch — something he’s not done in a high school game.