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April 30, 2014

Pair of Vikings sign at Lowndes

VALDOSTA — One was coming off surgery and the other was a relative newcomer to the mound.

Now both Jud George and Greyson McLeod are following their right arms to college as the two Lowndes High baseball standouts signed Tuesday. George inked with Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla., while McLeod is headed to Gordon State College in Barnesville. The two right-handers give Lowndes five college signees with two more expected, possibly as soon as next week.

“They were leaders on the team and they both pitched well for us,” Lowndes coach Danny Redshaw said. “Greyson is coming off of arm surgery and he’s just going to continue to get better. Juddie’s only been pitching for about a year, year and a half so he’s going to get better.”

George went 2-2 for the Vikings with a save and posted a 0.50 ERA with seven strikeouts in 12 1-3 innings on the mound, while also hitting .250 with seven runs scored, 11 RBIs and eight doubles at the plate.

Now though, he will be heading to the mound at the collegiate level.

“They want me as a pitcher, plus they are really big on education,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to keep playing because not everybody gets that opportunity.

“It’s where I wanted to go to get stronger, get bigger, get better.”

Redshaw has little doubts about that, and not just for George but also McLeod.

“They’re both great kids, coachable kids and it was wonderful to have them in the program,” the Hall of Fame coach said. “They’re hard-working and we fully expect them to have successful college careers.”

McLeod, meanwhile, struck out 35 in 37 innings to go with a 3.91 ERA and a 2-2 mark as he bounced back from surgery. He is excited about trying to continue that development for the Highlanders. He also looked at Tifton’s Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Middle Georgia as well.

“I couldn’t be any happier to go to Gordon and keep playing,” McLeod said. “Coach (Travis) McClanahan just seems like a really good coach and he’s a great pitching coach as well. I’m really looking forward to playing up under him.

“They see me developing into a great power pitcher and with the right work and the right effort, they think I can be a top pitcher.”

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