Cody Morris, of Laurel, grew up spending a lot of time in College Park cheering on the Maryland Terrapins in various sports.
The Reservoir High School graduate was a top college baseball prospect and had several suitors, including the University of Maryland.
But he decided he wanted to go away for college, plus he had two friends who committed to play at South Carolina, of the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
“It was a huge decision. I am a huge Terps fan,” he said. “My dad is a huge Terps fan. In the end, I wanted to get away. It was a tough decision; ultimately [Maryland] was too close to home.”
Three years later, junior right-hander Morris, 21, is one of...