Conway senior Grant Holmes has already racked up some of the top honors a high-school baseball player can earn.
Add another one to the list.
Holmes, a pitcher and outfielder who has already signed with the University of Florida, was named to the MaxPreps 2014 Preseason All-America Team, released Friday. The Perfect Game All-American Classic and Under Armour All-American Game selection has a career record of 16-5 at Conway. Last year, he ERA was a staggering 0.40, and he also struck out 80 hitters as a junior.
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For obvious reasons, the debate over the next couple months will be if Holmes ever makes it to the Florida Gators' campus. He's expected to be selected in the first few rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in June. Several national publications and Web sites even have him as a first-round lock.
"When that day comes, whatever happens, well go with that," Holmes said after he signed with Florida. "I need to work as hard as I can and become a better pitcher."
He'll do that once again for Conway and coach Anthony Carroll. The Tigers senior was named to the MaxPreps list as a pitcher. However, he's pretty good with the stick, too. Last year, Holmes also hit .372 with a team-high 23 RBI and four home runs.
It's part of the reason he's been given so many state and national honors in the past year. Still, the hoopla has changed Holmes, according to his coach.
"Hes going to be the same Grant that we always get," Carroll said after Holmes signed. "It wont affect him a bit. Hes going to do what hes going to do. You can count on the fact that they hes going to give you all he can give. Thats good enough."