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Baseball: West's Wyatt Crowell commits to Florida State
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West Forsyth's Wyatt Crowell, who also shined as an outfielder for the Wolverines in 2018, became the first junior baseball player in the county to commit to a Power 5 program. - photo by Brian Paglia

Wyatt Crowell won't say it was an easy decision. 

The West Forsyth junior was pursued by a number of top college baseball programs during his recruitment, and it came down to three: an Alabama squad with a new stadium and a high-energy coaching staff, a Georgia program on a significant upswing after a few fallow years, and Florida State, one of the most successful and consistent programs in the country. 

It was Crowell's history that won out. His father is a north Florida native and a big Seminoles fan, and he passed that fanhood to Wyatt. Now the Wolverines pitcher is set to play for the school, giving his verbal commitment on Sunday. 

"It's hard to not go to a school when it's been your favorite school your whole life, and pretty much your dream school," Crowell said.

To go along with his fanhood and the program's prestige, Crowell also connected with FSU pitching coach Clyde Keller, who shares Crowell's enthusiasm for training methods like those in the Driveline program. And while FSU will be in the midst of a coaching change, soon – legendary head coach Mike Martin has announced that 2019 will be his last season – Crowell is confident that his departure won't lower the program's standing. 

Crowell was named to the All-FCN second team as a sophomore, when he had a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings pitched for the Wolverines. Crowell isn't a flamethrower like former Central star Ethan Hankins, but his deceptive delivery – he throws from a low, near-sidearm slot and fires across his body – helps give his pitches extra movement and makes them harder to differentiate out of his hand. 

Crowell was also a full-time outfielder for West in the spring, hitting .306 with five doubles, but he's just a pitcher for Team Elite, his summer squad, and said he'll likely phase hitting out of his game moving forward.