Buchholz High senior Brett Blair signed his letter of intent to play Division-I baseball at Stanford University on Thursday.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Blair, who committed this past February after garnering interest from the Cardinal late last fall at a camp. “A lot of hard work from not only me but my family and my coaches has led up to this point and I’m really excited.”
Blair, who batted .304 with six runs driven in through eight games in a shortened junior season due to COVID-19, considered Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, Columbia, Yale and Georgia Tech.
“Stanford is the whole package,” said Blair, who plays shortstop for the Bobcats but could serve as a utility player for the Cardinal. “Beautiful campus, beautiful climate. The coaching staff was great. They had great facilities and everything, so I thought it was the total package.”
Blair, who carries a 4.0 GPA and a weighted 4.85, has never made a B. He explained how he balances athletics and academics, which helped him earn a scholarship at a school with high standards.
“It’s really tough but I think it stems from my dad always helping me with my athletics, and then my mom has really pushed the academic side, so I think that balance helps,” he said. “I’ve always seen the value in both sides.”
Buchholz coach Ron Brooks had two players sign Division-I scholarships last year.
“I’m really excited for Brett,” Brooks said. “He is a young man that deserves all the recognition he is getting right now and deserves a chance to go play at a place like Stanford because he’s worked hard for it. He’s an outstanding student and baseball-wise he is extremely athletic, and Stanford got a really good baseball player.”
With Luke Baker (Ole Miss) and Corbin Grantham (Mississippi State), plus Austin Akey (Santa Fe College), the Bobcats had the talent for a special season in 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 ended things prematurely.
“That was really tough,” Blair said. “We thought we were going to make a real good run, but we had to shut it down. I’m hoping we can make some sort of run and do well this year.”
Buchholz is scheduled to open the season Feb. 9 at home against Ocala Lake Weir.
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