Myrtle Beach outfielder Shane Faulk has verbally committed to continue his baseball career at Coastal Carolina.
Faulk, a rising senior, won’t be able to fulfill his commitment with the Chanticleers or any other program until November during the early signing period. If he does sign with CCU, he’ll likely be the third local baseball player in two years to do so.
Socastee pitcher Dylan Thompson, also a rising senior, has verbally committed to Coastal coach Gary Gilmore. Former Conway standout G.K. Young is heading into his second year with the Chanticleers program.
“That gives them three outstanding local players, which they haven’t had,” Myrtle Beach coach Tim Christy said. “They get a bad rap sometimes about not recruiting local kids. But those kids aren’t always playing here. They’re trying to get to Omaha.
“I’m tickled to death to have a Chanticleer on my resume. That’s big.”
As far as Faulk, his scholarship offer from Coastal would have been unexpected had his high school production been the only factor. Faulk missed his entire sophomore season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder.
He was then less than 100 percent for nearly all of his junior season with the Seahawks, who finished third in Region VII-AAA in 2014. Christy said Faulk has come on in the last two months with his travel team, the Evoshield Canes.
Coastal made their offer to Faulk after he had an excellent tournament with the Canes earlier this summer.
“You’re talking about a kid with a tremendous set of tools who’s just now starting to catch up,” Christy said. “I’m excited to have him back next year. I think he’s one of those kids; he has an ability to make a tremendous team impact. I think, potentially, he’s one of the top two or three players in the region coming back.”
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Faulk, who bats left and throws right, is expected to be the Seahawks’ starting center fielder and leadoff hitter next spring.
He is the second Grand Strand athlete to commit to CCU in the last 10 days. Georgetown running back and defensive back Michael Billings made a verbal commitment to play football at CCU last week.