Scott High School slugger Forrest Spurlock who originally signed a letter of intent to play at NAIA Alice Lloyd College decided instead to go the junior college route and signed with Garrett College in Deep Creek Lake, MD.
Letters of intent are binding to a college’s particular affiliation. Alice Lloyd being an NAIA school the letter of intent that Spurlock signed tied him to only that NAIA school. He could not sign another LOI with any other NAIA school without getting a proper release. Because Garrett College is part of the NJCAA he was free to sign with the Lakers.
“We are excited about Forrest becoming part of Laker Nation”, says Garrett Head Baseball Coach Eric Hallenbeck. “For all intense and purposes we thought he was going to ALC. Then I get a phone call from a former Laker saying that Forrest might want to change his mind. One thing led to another, Forrest and his family visited campus and we signed him a couple of days later.” Spurlock from the Madison, WV area adds to the long line of student-athletes from that area heading to Deep Creek.
“Garrett has had some outstanding ball players come out of that area. Mike Crosby, who was drafted, Eric Harper had a good career here and John Howard. I didn’t get to coach Crosby or Harper but did coach John Howard. He was a hitting machine for us for the two years he was here. From what everyone has told me, Spurlock is better. We did work Forrest out and this kid could develop into something special,” says Hallenbeck.
Hallenbeck will take a look at the 6’2” 245 pounder behind the plate but feels he might be better suited at first base. “We’ll take a look at him behind the plate but the staff and I feel he will be a very productive first baseman at the next level. We signed an All-State catcher out of Maryland who won a state championship and we also signed a catcher out of Virginia who won a state title. Regardless where Forrest plays in the field, I’m pretty confident he’ll be hitting in the middle of our line-up,” added Hallenbeck.