Connor Justus signs with Georgia Tech
by David Royal
Nov 15, 2012 | 2904 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Connor Justus, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes’ all-everything shortstop, has signed to play baseball with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Justus, a senior, becomes the first Cane under Stuart Chester to become a Jacket. He committed to the school Wednesday, on National Signing Day.

“This is a great opportunity for me because of what Georgia Tech offers athletically and also because of what it offers academically,” he said.

Coach Chester said Justus is a rare player because of his skills, his dedication to the sport and his character. “I think it’s a great situation for both the team and Connor.”

Chester said he also likes having a player at Georgia Tech who can possibly open the door to more Canes playing with the school, a national power in baseball.

Justus verbally committed to Georgia Tech as a sophomore. He joins Cass High’s Dylan Williams, who committed verbally in late summer to the Jackets and also will complete his senior year with his Bartow County high school baseball team before suiting up for the Jackets in the fall.

Justus is another in a long line of Cartersville baseball athletes who have drawn the interest of Division I colleges.

“As a coach, you feel very pleased and blessed to have that level of athlete in your program,” Chester added.

Chester noted Justus started as a ninth grader. “He is only one of about four or five freshmen to start for me.”

The coach said Justus had an obvious gift for the game at a young age. “If it was legal to play as an eighth grader, Connor would have played for us then.”

The coach said Justus is special for many reasons.

“When you talk about Connor, you have to categorize whether it’s about baseball, community or character,” his coach said. “The one word to sum up all those categories is special.”

He said Justus’ baseball skills are not limited to shortstop, second base and pitcher — positions he’s played for the Canes. “He can play any position on the field. I’ve even thought about using him in the third base coaching box.”

The coach said Justus has natural ability but that’s just part of the reason for his success.

“He was born with a knack for baseball, but he’s also worked very hard,” Chester said. “You put those things together and you get a Division I baseball player. He’s basically a coach out there. He knows what we want, and it’s very seldom we have to look in that direction. It’s good to coach and have someone between the lines who thinks like you do. He’s basically our quarterback.”

Chester said while Justus can play any position, the Canes like to use him at shortstop or second. “You want to be strong up the middle, and he can run the pickoffs at second. It puts him in a position to take control of the game defensively for you.”

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