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College baseball: Williams chooses COC over Pepperdine

Former Valencia player decommits from Pepperdine; will be eligible for 2013 draft

Posted: July 26, 2012 10:12 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2012 10:12 p.m.
 

Former Valencia slugger Trey Williams, once projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, has decided to decommit from Pepperdine University and instead attend College of the Canyons, Cougars head baseball coach Chris Cota confirmed Thursday.

Williams, who holds the all-time Foothill League home run record with 29, fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round at 360th overall in this year’s draft.

By attending College of the Canyons, Williams will be eligible for the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Had he accepted his scholarship to Pepperdine, he would not have been eligible for the draft until 2015.

According to Cota, Williams first contacted him shortly after the deadline to sign with the Cardinals had passed on July 13.

“We really didn’t talk much about Pepperdine,” Cota said. “It was basically he was coming in and I said OK. I’ve had a chance to talk to him and he’s an outstanding kid and I look forward to having him.”

Williams said on July 13 that he had been close to signing with the Cardinals, and has always wanted to play professionally.

“I’ve wanted to play professional baseball since I was little. But I know education will be a good thing because it will help me in the future,” he told The Signal.

Now, that education will come from COC.

Cota added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Williams gets drafted again, and thinks College of the Canyons will help to further his career.

“Absolutely, he’s going to be surrounded by some other good players and he should flourish,” Cota said.

The infielder was named to the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state first team this season after finishing the year with a .378 batting average and .541 on-base percentage.

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