Gilman's Ryan Ripken commits to South Carolina
Ryan Ripken, a senior at Gilman and the son of Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, has committed to South Carolina to play baseball.
Ripken, 6 feet 6, is one of four Greyhounds who will sign letters of intent Monday at a special ceremony at the Gilman Athletic Center.
“He’s been terrific for us and it’s a wonderful opportunity for him and I’m sure he’ll make the most of it,” said Gilman coach Larry Sheets. “He had a few choice, quality schools who pursued him. Who wouldn’t want to go to school of the caliber of South Carolina?”
Ripken plays first base and pitches. He is a three-year starter who batted .353 as a junior. According to South Carolina fan site The Big Spur, Ripken chose the Gamecocks over Coastal Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest.
“It’s great news for Ryan,” said Gilman athletic director Tim Holley, who coached Ripken his freshman year before hiring Sheets. “He’s a solid Division I baseball player, who may go beyond that. South Carolina is a great place for him. They’ll benefit from his presence and he’s a hard worker who is going to get bigger and stronger. His physical maturity is still developing and I think his best years are ahead of him.
“I think he’s going to be a much more imposing athlete at 21 and 22.”
Also signing Monday from Gilman's baseball team are Brandon Casas (Maryland), Thomas O’Neill (Yale) and Seve Llanio (Delaware).
Photo of Ryan and Cal Ripken courtesy of 2011 Under Armour All-American Game staff.