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DP Spotlight: GK Young

YoungGK-stance13My name is G.K. Young lll. I am the oldest of four children, I have two younger brothers and a little sister.I have always lived in Conway. Playing football and baseball for Conway High was my dream when I was little. I can’t believe this is my senior year and it is almost over.

DP- Please list any high school statistics of importance, awards won:

GK- I was voted Co-MVP with Jordan Gore 2011 and 2012. It was wool to share it with my good friend.In 2011 I broke the school record with 13 home runs, which also led the state. I made All-Conference and All-State in 2012. I have hit a total of 25 high school home runs and I think I need to hit six this year to break the conference record.  

 DP- You have committed to Coastal Carolina, what factors led to that decision? What other schools did you select them over?

GK- I have been going to CCU baseball games since I was very little and I watched Doc Doyle, Kent Altman, and Keith Hardwick play there and just dreamed about how cool it would be if I ever got the chance to play there. So, when Coach Gilmore came to watch me play a game I was so scared I thought I would puke, I was intentionally walked my first two at bats which made me even more nervous. Finally they pitched to me and I hit a hard double off the wall in center and I felt so relieved. Coach wanted us to come over to the school the following week and we did. Coach Gilmore is the reason I chose CCU, He is one of the best coaches I have ever met. I am not sure if other schools were even interested in me because I committed so early to CCU. The only school I wanted to play for offered and that was that. I feel like I am the luckiest ballplayer in the state. I get to play for the only school I have ever wanted to play for and it is 8 miles from my house.

DP- Why do you think they recruited you?

GK- I think they recruited me for my bat. It sure wasn’t for my speed on the bases.

DP- What is your greatest high school thrill?

GK- The three home run game against Dorman in the RBI.

DP- Where does your love for baseball come from?

GK- My love for baseball comes from my dad and granddad it really is a family thing.

DP- What has travel ball done for your baseball career?

GK- When I first started I could not catch a fly ball but after a few tourneys I was making diving catches in the outfield. Now when you go to Atlanta and see how good a lot of these guys are it makes you work that much harder. You might think your good but you see some of these other guys play and you know what you have to do. When you play with the best and against the best it makes you better. Playing with Coach Rhodes and the DD this year has been very eye opening for me. If you want to play at the next level I feel like it’s the best way to get there.

DP- Who are the three toughest hitters you have faced?

GK- Jordan Montgomery, Eric Knab, Jordan Gore when we played Dixie Youth

DP- Who are the three toughest pitchers you have faced?

GK- Grant Holmes Conway High RHP, Alex Eubanks Byrnes RHP, Ben Taylor Spring Valley LHP

DP- What do you think your teammates thoughts are on the attention from colleges/pro scouts that you’ve gotten?

GK- I hope they use it to show what they can do. But it isn’t just me on our high school team I am very lucky that Jordan Gore (the best SS in the state) and Grant Holmes (the best RHP in the state) we all grew up playing together.

DP- A successful 2013 for your high school team is:

GK- CHS first state championship!!! No less!!

DP- What anxieties do you have about entering college?

GK- The school work load combined with all the baseball work.

DP- What is the toughest adjustment you expect after high school on and off the field?

GK- On the field will be getting good enough to start as a freshman, off the field will be doing the school work to succeed.

DP- Tell us why you believe you’ll succeed beyond high school in this game:

GK- I think I will be successful at the next level because of the hard work I do now.  Grant, Jordan and I work really hard and push each other to succeed and I think that will help all three of us at the next level even though we are going to different schools.

DP- What areas of your game do you need to work on the most to improve before you hit the college practice field?

GK- I need to improve on my speed the most before I get to CCU. I have improved on it some but Coach Gilmore likes to run the bases so either I have to get a lot faster or hit a lot more home runs..

DP- What is the biggest crowd you’ve ever performed in front of and where?

GK-When I was 11 in the state tournament in St. Andrews that place was packed out.  We got knocked out by Hanahan.

DP- Who has made the greatest impression on you as a person and why?

GK- My Mom, Dad, and my grandparents. They are always there for me and support me in all I do.

DP- Who has made the greatest impression on you as a baseball player and why?

GK- My Dad and Granddad, If I had a dollar for every ball that they have pitched to me I wouldn’t have to even worry about going pro.

DP- What does the term “student-athlete” mean to you?

GK- Student comes first then if your grades are good enough then you can be an athlete.

DP- What do you intend to major in?

GK- I want to be in law enforcement.

DP- What MLB feat in history do you wish you’d been inside the stadium to witness and why?

GK- I wish I could have seen Babe Ruth point and then hit the home run. He was the first and still the best power hitter of all time. Break the record in the same or fewer at bats than he did then you are the champ.

DP- Who is your favorite athlete outside of baseball and why?

GK- Tim Tebow because of what he stands for.

DP- Who is your favorite MLB pitcher and position player and why?

GK- Verlander because he still hits 100 mph in the eighth inning, Ken Griffey Jr. Best left handed swing of all time.

DP- What big leaguer would you most compare your game to?

GK- Jim Thome he takes a hack every time. Never go down looking.

DP- Who is your favorite MLB team?

GK- Braves

DP- What is your favorite sport to play other than baseball?

GK- Wake boarding

DP- What is your favorite sport to watch other than baseball?

GK- Football and girl’s volleyball.

DP- What are some of your hobbies?

GK- Hunting, wake boarding, church, reading books just kidding working out

DP- Use three words to describe yourself:

GK- Confident, Careful, Funny

DP- What is something funny or different that people don’t know about you?

GK- I don’t like to be away from my house. I love my house. No place like Home.

DP- If there were going to be a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you?

GK- Zach Galifiniakis

DP- What’s your favorite thing to listen to when you’re working out?

GK- Metal and Rap

DP- Who is your favorite actor and actress?

GK- Zach Galifiniakis and Kelley Cuacco

DP- What is your favorite movie?

GK- The Hangover and The Hangover II

DP- What is your favorite thing to watch on television?

GK- Impractical Jokers

DP- What type of music do you prefer?

Gk- Country

DP- What is (or would be) your ‘intro’ song?

GK- Here Comes the Boom

DP- What is your favorite video game?

GK- Baseball on PS3

DP- What is your favorite meal?

GK-Used to be my Grandma’s stew beef and mashed potatoes but now it is a grilled chicken sub from Subway.

DP- What goals do you have for yourself in and out of baseball?

GK- Set the homerun record at CCU, be one of the ones to take CCU to the College World Series for the first time, get drafted by the Braves and go hunting with Chipper.

DP- If you could have dinner with three people in history, who would they be and why?

GK- Babe Ruth to see how he got so much power,  My Great Grand Dad who I am named after because he died when I was a baby, Samson from the old Testament because he was the man.

DP- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

GK- Playing in the pros, or as a cop.

DP- You have been a participant in the Palmetto Games, in what way has that added to your high school baseball experience?

GK- Getting to meet the people from other parts of the state you hear about but never get to see. Also playing in front of scouts from every school in three states is pretty cool.

DP- What are your thoughts on what Diamond Prospects has done for kids in the state of South Carolina?

younggk-headpg11GK- Diamond Prospects works really hard at getting to every school and seeing every kid in the state. So much work for these guys and they get it done at every level from 1A to 4A.They put the kids out there for the scouts and recruiters to see and it works just look at the commits listed almost every day. Thanks a lot DP for what you do!

DP- Give a young high school player who is reading this article one piece of advice:

GK- One piece of advice to give to a young high school kid would be to WORK HARD! Work as hard as you can because I promise you that there is a kid somewhere working to get the spot at the school you want. Hit until your hands bleed, then hit some more.