Nathan Camp opts for the Ra­gin’ Ca­juns

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

An­other Ring­gold High base­ball player re­cently added his name to the long and sto­ried list of Tigers who have gone on to play at the next level.

Se­nior Nathan Camp com­mit­ted this past week­end to play for the Ra­gin’ Ca­juns of NCAA Di­vi­sion I Univer­sity of Louisiana-Lafayette af­ter tak­ing an of­fi­cial visit to the school with his par­ents.

“The cam­pus is re­ally nice, but that’s not the main rea­son I want to go there,” he ex­plained. “(The coach­ing staff) is look­ing for play­ers who are scrappy and work hard. I’m not the big­gest guy, so I have to be scrappy, and when they told me what (type of play­ers) they were look­ing for, I knew that it was the place for me.”

Camp has been one of the lead­ers for the Blue-and-White the past two sea­sons. A twotime 6-AAA All-Re­gion se­lec­tion, he hit .355 as a ju­nior with a .455 on-base per­cent­age. He fin­ished the sea­son with four homers, 16 stolen bases and 28 RBIs as Ring­gold went 29-8, won the re­gion ti­tle and ad­vanced to the Elite Eight in the state play­offs.

On the mound, Camp went 7-2 and with a 1.96 ERA and 56 strike­outs in 55 in­nings pitched. As an in­fielder, he ended the year with a .980 field­ing per­cent­age.

He said ULL was the first school to show any real in­ter­est in him.

“I have been talk­ing to them for about a year,” he said. “They kind of dis­ap­peared for a while, but then one of the (as­sis­tant) coaches all a sud­den showed up at one of my games. He said he thought I would have com­mit­ted to some­where else al­ready, but when I told him I hadn’t, he said he needed to jump all over me.”

Camp, who has been play­ing ball nearly his en­tire life, said he dreamed about play­ing in col­lege all his life, but it wasn’t un­til he was about 15 or 16 years old when he first be­gan to think that Di­vi­sion I ball could be a re­al­ity for him.

He said ULL is look­ing at him as

a mid­dle in­fielder, al­though he added that he could also see some time on the mound.

Camp played in the WWBA 17U Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Cartersville ear­lier this sum­mer for At­lantabased DRB Elite and

earned All-Tour­na­ment hon­ors as a pitcher, go­ing 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He struck out six, walked three and al­lowed just two hits in four in­nings of work.

The Ra­gin’ Ca­juns went 35-21-1 last sea­son. They lost to Ge­or­gia South­ern in the first round of the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment.

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