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Gilman's Ryan Ripken commits to South Carolina

Gilman's Ryan Ripken commits to South Carolina

Ryan Ripken, a senior at Gilman and the son of Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, has committed to South Carolina to play baseball.

Ripken, 6 feet 6, is one of four Greyhounds who will sign letters of intent Monday at a special ceremony at the Gilman Athletic Center.

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"He's been terrific for us and it's a wonderful opportunity for him and I'm sure he'll make the most of it," said Gilman coach Larry Sheets. "He had a few choice, quality schools who pursued him. Who wouldn't want to go to school of the caliber of South Carolina?"

Ripken plays first base and pitches. He is a three-year starter who batted .353 as a junior. According to South Carolina fan site The Big Spur, Ripken chose the Gamecocks over Coastal Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest.

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"It's great news for Ryan," said Gilman athletic director Tim Holley, who coached Ripken his freshman year before hiring Sheets. "He's a solid Division I baseball player, who may go beyond that. South Carolina is a great place for him. They'll benefit from his presence and he's a hard worker who is going to get bigger and stronger. His physical maturity is still developing and I think his best years are ahead of him.

"I think he's going to be a much more imposing athlete at 21 and 22."

Also signing Monday from Gilman's baseball team are Brandon Casas (Maryland), Thomas O'Neill (Yale) and Seve Llanio (Delaware).

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Photo of Ryan and Cal Ripken courtesy of 2011 Under Armour All-American Game staff.

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