C.J. Tatum has found a college home, and Jonathan Foster may have found one as well.
Tatum, who was a senior on the Troup High baseball team last spring, has signed with Point University, and he’ll be a member of that team when the 2015 season rolls around.
Foster, meanwhile, will be a senior on the 2015 Troup team, and he has made a verbal commitment to play for Auburn University, although nothing is official until he signs a letter of intent.
Troup attended a baseball camp at Auburn last weekend, and head coach Craig Garner said Foster decided that he was ready to make a verbal commitment.
“He committed this past weekend. They still have to work out the amount, what percentage the scholarship is going to be,” Garner said. “As of right now, that’s where he’s verbally committed.”
Tatum was an outfielder for the Tigers, and he was a fixture in the lineup throughout the season.
Tatum also played significantly on the 2013 team that made it to the final four, and he was a part-time player in 2012 when the Tigers also advanced to the semifinals.
“He’s been a solid guy in the lineup the last two years. He’s been a team guy, willing to do whatever it takes,” Garner said. “That was evident in the success that the team has had. He did a great job for us.”
Garner said Tatum considered a few different schools, including Paine College in Augusta, and Southern Union where he was originally going to go as a walk-on.
Eventually, Tatum settled on Point, and he’ll be around some familiar faces at the West Point school.
Brannon Weathers, who also just graduated from Troup, has also signed with Point.
Two other former Troup players, Justin Neighbors and Brandon Butts, have completed their freshman seasons at Point.
Garner said players like Tatum help create winning programs.
“That’s what you try to build your program around is guys like that that are team guys,” Garner said. “They just keep working hard, and remain patient, and take advantage of it when you get the opportunity.”
Foster, meanwhile, has been a staple in the lineup since his freshman season.
He helped the Tigers reach the state semifinals in 2012 and 2013, and he had another strong season last spring, although the team was unable to make it to the state playoffs.
Foster used to play football at Troup, but he decided to focus exclusively on baseball, and the decision seems to have paid dividends for him.
“I quit playing football last year,” Foster said. “I started taking baseball a lot more seriously. I figure that’ll take me to college, so that’s what I did.”