Mundy going to Vanderbilt
HUNTINGTON -- Huntington High baseball standout Joey Mundy has made a verbal commitment to play baseball on scholarship for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Vanderbilt is the pre-season No. 1 college baseball team in the country for 2014, and spent most of 2013 at No. 1 in the rankings. Mundy, as a senior now, won't lace up his cleats for the Commodores until 2015, having one season left to play with the Highlanders.
Mundy said Vanderbilt's academic reputation played a large role in his decision.
"Everyone wants to play Major League Baseball," he said. "But if that doesn't happen, if I can get a degree from there it makes finding a job after college 10 times easier."
The Huntington High senior said he hasn't decided on a major yet, but wants to do something in business.
Mundy, who batted better than .500 last season for the Highlanders and played shortstop, said the decision came down to Vanderbilt and hometown Marshall University.
"In the end, Marshall just doesn't have the facilities that Vanderbilt has," Mundy said. "I love (MU) coach (Jeff) Waggoner, but SEC baseball is a tough opportunity to pass up."
Marshall doesn't have a baseball facility on campus, and plays most of its home games in Charleston at minor league Appalachian Power Park.
Mundy said he's looking forward to his senior season with Huntington High.
"I'm glad I was able to get this done so I can just relax and play my last season here with the guys and all my friends," he said.
Mundy will sign a letter of intent with Vanderbilt in November.
Danny Harbert, head coach of the Highlanders baseball team, said no one deserves this opportunity more than Mundy.
"He's a kid that works very hard and understands what it means to be successful on the baseball field and successful in life," Harbert said. "He really pushes himself, and I know he'll do very well at Vanderbilt because he works very hard in the classroom and on the field. That says a lot about his character."
Mundy said he can't wait to put on a Commodores uniform.
"I'm super excited," he said. "I haven't wiped the smile off my face since they offered me the scholarship."