By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

LOVELADY – In a ceremony held on March 22, Lovelady Lion Hunter Murray inked his name to a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the next level.

Murray signed with the Alvin Community College Dolphins and after he blanked the Grapeland Sandies last Friday, he sat down with The Messenger to discuss the opportunity to continue playing baseball after he graduates from LHS at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

“They have a really good baseball program,” Murray said. “Baseball is pretty big around Alvin, so I decided to sign there.”

“I was looking at my options and I thought playing at the junior college level would probably be the best fit for me at this point.”

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“The whole recruiting process was both fun and stressful,” he revealed.

When asked about the stressful nature of the recruiting, Murray said he was worried about where he would go and finding the right fit.

“I’m just glad I got to sign,” he said with a laugh.

Because he was selected as both an Honorable Mention All-State football player and an All-Region Basketball player, Murray was asked if schools had expressed an interest in him in any other sport.

“Most schools only looked at me for baseball but that’s alright too. After I finish at Alvin, I hope to go to a bigger school and play at the D-I level,” he said.

Asked about where he would like to go he said ideally he would like to be able to play at either Texas A&M, Sam Houston State University or the University of Houston.

“Any of those schools would d be nice to be able to play for,” Murry said.

As to any advice he might pass on to his current teammates, the soon-to-be Dolphin expressed his belief in hard work.

“You need to keep working hard at whatever you’re doing. Even if you don’t have any offers, if you keep working hard, something will come along,” he explained.

Murray joins teammate Blake Johnson as Lovelady Lions who will take their talents to the next level and said that is a direct reflection on the athletic and academic prowess of the school.

“We have a lot of smart and very athletic kids in Lovelady. It’s one of the best in Houston County. We have a lot of good athletes who believe in hard work and are willing to do what it takes to be successful,” he said.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.