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June 19, 2018

University of Georgia Baseball: Keegan McGovern Tells Us Why UGA Baseball

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Keegan McGovern is a senior left fielder for the University of Georgia baseball team. Recently named an All-SEC first team selection, McGovern has led the way for UGA baseball’s resurgence. With a record of 37-17, the number #13 ranked UGA Bulldogs are looking to make some noise in the SEC Tournament behind their slugging outfielder.

Keegan sat down with LRT Sports to talk UGA baseball and to give advice to student-athletes who are looking to play at the college level.

  1. Why did you end up choosing UGA over the other school(s) recruiting you? What stood out about them?
    • “I have always wanted to play for Georgia. I have always been a huge Georgia fan, and when they offered it was a no-brainer. I knew this was where I wanted to be.”
  2. When did you start playing baseball and realize that this is something you were pretty good at and could see a future in?
    • “I started playing when I was 4 or 5. And when I was 8 or 9, I noticed that I may have a future in this game. I guess whenever travel ball started, which was when I was 9, I learned I could compete pretty well and had a knack for the game.”
  3. You have dealt with your fair share of injuries in the past, especially in high school. Can you speak on those injuries and your recruitment? Did it have any effect on your recruitment?
    • “My junior year of high school the coach at Georgia got fired and Coach Stricklin came in. And that year I tore my ACL, and didn’t get to play in front of Coach Stricklin and if he wanted to, he could have withdrawn my scholarship. But he honored it without even seeing me play in high school which was a blessing for sure.”
  4. It seems that you were also a fairly good football player during high school. Why baseball over football? Were any schools considering offering you a dual scholarship and would you have attempted both sports if so?
    • “I got a couple offers for football from two of the bigger schools, Clemson and Mississippi State. But I just had a couple injuries playing football, and that really steered me away from football at the next level. Clemson would have offered me a dual scholarship if I said yes but I knew when the injuries happened, that football would be out of the question.”
  5. Was there every any so-called “Recruiting Horror Stories” associated with your recruitment or any parts that you didn’t enjoy?
    • “Not at all. I loved every minute of the recruiting process. Every trip and tour I got to take was awesome and I heard nothing but great things about UGA.”
  6. What do you feel is the most important thing for a recruit to know about each school before committing?
    • “That you have a relationship with the coaches and that you feel at home about the college. If I didn’t love every part of UGA, I may not have come. But I would say just make sure you love every aspect of the college before making a decision.”
  7. You kind of answered my next question but, to you, what was the one most important factor in deciding where you ended up committing to?
    • “Yeah, I would just say my relationship with the coaches most importantly and then feeling at home with the campus.”
  8. You were recently named an SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. During high school and into college, how did you find the necessary balance between being a student and being an athlete?
    • “You just have to prioritize and manage your time well. College has a lot of distractions, but you just have to realize what’s important and make sure you take care of business in the classroom so you can play on the field.”
  9. Do you have any advice for baseball players trying to take their game to the next level from high school to college?
    • “One thing I would say is to be open to coaching and learn how to make adjustments. This game is hard, and it gets harder with every level you go to so just learn how to adjust and make changes to help put yourself in a better position to be successful.”
  10. Lastly, do you have any advice for baseball players going through the college recruitment process that you wish you had known when you were going through it?
    • “I would say just take it all in and enjoy every moment. The recruitment and college go by quickly so enjoy every moment and don’t take anything for granted.”