For the past four years, Hunt Smith, Ethan Broome and Jarrod Crum have been competitors on the field.
Next year they will all be teammates.
All three signed to play baseball at Georgia Southwestern State University during the early signing period.
Smith was a member of the 2007 Little League World Series Championship team and has played high school play at Houston County High School.
Broome plays first base at Northside High School and was voted Best Offensive Player for the Eagles last year. He led the team in RBIs the past two seasons.
Crum, a pitcher at Warner Robins High School, was named to the 2013 Honorable Mention All-Region team and the 2013 Perfect Game second team. As a junior, he was awarded the Varsity Pitcher Award.
When the three put on Hurricanes uniforms next year, they wont have to take time to get to know each other. While they were opponents when their high school teams were on the field, the three have been friends off the field for years through travel ball and Little League.
We played ball together when we were little and we hang out together, Smith said. It is over when we leave the field, but we enjoy having bragging rights.
Signing during the early period, which was the third week of November, allows the three to concentrate on their senior years without worrying about where they will be attending college.
When I made my visit, I just really liked the school, Crum said. I also liked knowing that I could sign early and could focus on my senior year.
Bryan McLain, the head coach for the Georgia Southwestern baseball program said that Georgia Southwestern has a strong early signing class, and he hopes to get the younger players on the field as soon as possible.
We are changing our philosophy, going with a lot of high school players and building the program the right way, McLain said.
All three understand the privilege of being able to continue to play baseball on the college level.
It has always been my dream to play college ball, Crum said.
Mine too, Broome said. I know how lucky I am. I just want to ride the train until it stops.
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