TEXARKANA, Ark. — Arkansas High sophomore catcher Ty Waid has fulfilled a lifelong dream.
Waid made his verbal commitment to join the University of Arkansas baseball program Monday afternoon via Twitter.
"Well, I talked to Coach Van Horn about my role on the team and everything," Waid said. "He said he would be in contact with me over the next few weeks. While was on the phone with Coach Kevin Thompson, he said they were interested in me and they wanted to give me an offer as a catcher.
"Arkansas is my dream school. I've always wanted to go there. It feels really good. My family is really happy. It took a lot of pressure off of me."
Waid also pitches at Arkansas High. He was clocked at 87 mph during a start against Magnolia on March 9 when he pitched 3 innings, struck out 3 batters and didn't allow an earned run.
Waid plays high school baseball with Braylon Bishop, an outfielder who is committed to the Razorbacks' class of 2021. He will also be a quarterback with Bishop on his high school football team this fall.
"This is going to make me work harder," Waid said. "My dad played for Dave Van Horn and I think it's pretty cool that I have the opportunity to be coached by the same guy."
Waid was Arkansas High's starting catcher on opening day as a freshman this year.
Waid is the son of Billy and Christy Waid.