Game of the Week: Ringgold's Tarver looking to make it double the fun
RINGGOLD - It's one thing to be a Division-I athlete in any sport, but two, now that's special. And Mississippi State baseball commit, Andre Tarver, is trying to make something special, a reality.
"I talked to them a little bit but I figured it be hard on school. So just baseball for right now,” Tarver said.
Key term, for right now. Tarver spent his summer on the diamond, one that led him to Wrigley Field as a part of the Under Armour All-American game. But he still penciled in some time to put in his work on the gridiron.
"Just working on my technique. Fast, uphill, hands, hips, eyes, feet, just head up and wrap-up," he said.
If you ask head coach Robert Akins, Tarver is just as dynamic off the field as he is on it. For someone with a high level of talent, he's not arrogant, but humble. Striving to make himself better, along with his teammates.
"He loves the game of football, he plays with passion all the time. He's not worried about specialization because he knows that football makes him a better player in baseball. And baseball probably makes him a better player in football," Akins said.
Time will tell whether Andre tarter will head to Starkville as a dual-sport athlete or just a baseball player. According to him, it's football time, and that's all that matters right now.
"It's going to be hard, but I don't know. You just have to fight through and do everything you can this year to make it possible."