The Texas baseball season ended with the Longhorns not receiving an invitation to an NCAA Regional, but the ‘Horns are already working hard to make sure the team has the depth it needs to make a run at the College World Series next season.Â Earlier this week Codey McElroy, who played his freshman season at at Eastern Oklahoma State College, committed to play baseball for the Longhorns next season.Â Horn Sports’ unofficial baseball guru Donald Boyles and I sat down withÂ the 6’6″ 210 lb. shortstop long enough to ask a few questions of the future Longhorn.
HS:Â Talk about your time at Eastern Oklahoma State College. What position did you play for the Mountaineers? It looks like you guys were one win away from going to the Jr College World Series.
CM:Â I went to Eastern and played short stop my freshman year and couldn’t have asked for a better start. Coach Price helped me out a lot and I really improved as a player. We had a good year, and got hot at the right time, just came up a run short in the bottom of the 10th of the game to go to the World Series. But my teammates and coaches were great and I really enjoyed my experince there.
HS: Who Recruited you? Coach Johnson or Coach Harmon? Did you have a sit down with Augie? Can you talk about the process by which you were recruited and how that went?
CM: Coach Harmon contacted me first, he came and watched me a few times and I think Coach Johnson saw a game or two also. I met with Coach Garrido during the Big 12 tournament and was obviously very excited about that. Anytime you get the chance to play for someone like him it’s hard to turn down.
HS: What position did Texas recruit you as? Shortstop? Middle infielder? Other positions?
CM: I was recruited to play Shortstop.Â Coach Garrido told me I’ll have to earn the position but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
HS:Â I also notice that you will be playing for the Alexandria Aces of the Texas Collegiate League this summer. What position will you be playing for the Aces?
CM:Â I’ll be playing SS there as well, I’m really excited about the chance to use a wood bat and play against good competition all summer.
HS: Tell Texas fans a little more about who Codey McElroy is?
CM: I live in a small town, Frederick, OK, and graduated from Chattanooga High School with 18 students. Both of my parents are teachers and my dad was my high school coach, I also have an older sister who’s in medical school in Tennessee. I got to watch Texas play in the CWS a couple of years ago and can’t wait to be a part of the program and tradition. Hook’Em Horns!
We wish Codey the best and look forward to watching him help Texas win a lot of baseball games.Â Keep up with Codey on Twitter @CodeyMac24.