By Ryan Peterson
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Earlier this summer Justin McAninch had planned on playing junior college baseball. But a division one offer in his own backyard was too much to pass up.
McAninch, who had originally signed with Northeast Texas, signed with Stephen F. Austin Thursday morning. He will get a chance to compete for playing time as a freshman, but says no spot is promised.
The third baseman said he was recruited by the Jacks earlier this summer, but he wanted to see what happened with the head coaching position. Donnie Watson was replaced by assistant Johnny Cardenas. Cardenas had the interim tag removed July 9th.
"Whenever they (S.F.A.) signed coach Cardenas as head coach I got really excited about that," McAninch says. "I really like those coaches and what they were doing. At that point I said okay I can stay home and play division one baseball in my hometown."
McAninch also informed me that his Nacogdoches teammate Cody Lock will not be going to McNeese State this fall. Lock suffered a bone fracture to his pitching arm in summer ball. He will stay in Nacogdoches to rehab the next year. McAninch hopes he has full recovery and will consider playing at S.F.A.