By Doug Gorman
The wait is over for former Dutchtown baseball player Jared Arrington, and he knows exactly where he will attend college--Albany State University.
Arrington waited for the perfect fit before deciding where he wanted to enroll, and he found it at the Division II school located in the city with the same name in the southern part of the state.
So long after many of his friends and classmates had sercured their future college plans, Arrington finally put his signature on the letter of intent form and officially became a Ram.
"It was exciting," Arrington said. "It was a long time coming.
It took awhile to get it set up. I need to thank my Dad (Larry) for driving me down there so I could work out for them."
Baseball has been a major part of Arrington's life. He first started playing junior varsity baseball at Dutchtown an eighth grader (as allowed by Georgia High School Association rules) and joined the varsity in the ninth grade, spending the next four years either pitching or playing right field for the Bulldogs.
Arrington spent his senior year playing for first-year coach Michael Breedlove, and he admits that helped in the recruiting process.
"He sent me to several showcases so different schools could see me work out," Arrington said.
Once he gets on the Albany State campus, Arrington hope to land a spot in a the Rams' ptching rotation, but he also can see himself shagging fly balls as one of the team's outfielders.
This past season, Arrington batted .323 with 11 RBIs. In his pitching role for the Bulldogs, he struckout 42 batters in 30 innings.
The future Ram had also had offers from Clark-Atlanta and Edward Waters.
Arrington becomes the seventh player to sign a baseball scholarship from the Dutchtown Class of 2010.
Those upperclassmen made Breedlove's transition easy, especially Arrington.
"He was the same even keel everytime," Breedlove said. "He worked extremly hard in practice and in the games.
He was always ready to go and he did want ever we asked him."