PREP BASEBALL: West Point’s McCoy signs with Asbury

West Point’s Colton McCoy is joined by his mother, Tammy McCoy (left), his father, Jim McCoy (right) and his grandmother, Betty Jones (back) at his signing ceremony Thursday. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – Thursday was a special day at West Point High School as friends, family, teammates and coaches filled the library to help one Warrior standout celebrate the next step in their athletic and academic career. West Point’s Colton McCoy officially signed his letter of intent to continue his playing career at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. With one more season left to play with the Warriors this spring, McCoy currently holds a .281 batting average, 19 RBIs, a .436 OBP, has caught 11 runners stealing and has recorded 193 innings behind the plate. He also earned first team All-County honors last season.

Colton was familiar with Asbury before the Eagles began recruiting him and when he visited campus with his family over the summer it made his decision even easier.

“I emailed Asbury last summer and I already knew about the college because my sister and brother in-law lived there, and I’ve always loved it,” McCoy said. “We visited this summer, and I really loved the campus. I’m a big Christian too so I just love what they stand for as a college.”

Warriors Head Coach Drew Bryson shared a few words at the ceremony, commending Colton for the work he’s put in to earn this opportunity.

“There’s a lot of time that goes into this. Everybody sees signing day as the big moment but there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears and a lot of hours put in to get to this moment. So, we’re extremely excited for you,” Bryson said. “I think this is our ninth guy since 2018 that’s gone on to play at the next level. I always tell guys, this is not the end goal, this is where the work starts. We want to see you have a great senior year individually and as a team and we look forward to seeing you play at the next level. I love coaching you. You’re a great kid, a hard worker and I love having guys like you, it makes my job easy.”

Colton is excited to get his college career underway after his senior season but admits he’ll miss his teammates and coaches who made him feel welcome when he arrived last year.

“I’m really going to miss my teammates and the program and I’m really going to miss the coaches. I moved here from Hartselle right before my junior year and they brought me in and accepted me with open arms,” McCoy said. “They showed me what a really good program looks like and I just got to work.”

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