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Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook Benjamin Russell catcher Wilson Hays, seated center, signs his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Huntingdon College, a Division III program in Montgomery. Hays originally planned to go to Central Alabama Community College but after being scouted by the Hawks coaching staff during BRHS’ playoff series against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Hays felt Huntingdon College was the right choice for him. As a catcher, Hays said there is going to be a lot of differences between playing at the high school level and playing collegiately. “I’m going to have to hit the weight room a little bit harder this summer and try to put on some weight,” Hays said. “I know everybody (at college), they were the starters at their high schools so it’s going to be better competition.” At his signing Tuesday, Hays was joined by, front row, from left, his mother Susanne Hays, his father Steve Hays; back row, BRHS head coach Richy Brooks, BRHS assistant coach Chad Slaten, BRHS principal Anthony Wilkinson and BRHS assistant principal Tracy McGhee.

Benjamin Russell catcher Wilson Hays, seated center, signs his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Huntingdon College, a Division III program in Montgomery.

Hays originally planned to go to Central Alabama Community College but after being scouted by the Hawks coaching staff during BRHS’ playoff series against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Hays felt Huntingdon College was the right choice for him. As a catcher, Hays said there is going to be a lot of differences between playing at the high school level and playing collegiately.

"I’m going to have to hit the weight room a little bit harder this summer and try to put on some weight," Hays said. "I know everybody (at college), they were the starters at their high schools so it’s going to be better competition."

At his signing Tuesday, Hays was joined by, front row, from left, his mother Susanne Hays, his father Steve Hays; back row, BRHS head coach Richy Brooks, BRHS assistant coach Chad Slaten, BRHS principal Anthony Wilkinson and BRHS assistant principal Tracy McGhee.

Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.