The 17-year-old was coming off a sophomore season where he was 6-1 with a 1.04 ERA. Oh...and dude had just made it past Hollywood Week on "American Idol".
Harper, last year's number one overall draft pick, was still packing his bags for Spring Training.
Now that McCreery has won the the latest installment of the singing competition...I'm curious of something else. Can we make McCreery the youngest ever member of the Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame?
Last year's inaugural class featured, at best, the MVP of the 1993 NCAA champion North Carolina Tarheels and a journeyman outfielder who stuck around in the bigs for 214 plate appearances.
The criteria is the sticky part though, gang.
"A. The nominee, if an athlete (and our country-fied crooner is), must have attended Garner High School and have been out of high school for at least ten years."
McCreery is technically a junior, so...moving on.
"B. The nominee, if a coach, must have coached at Garner High School...blah, blah, blah."
"C. The nominee, if an at-large candidate, must be a member of the community who has made a significant contribution to Garner High School."
Ah ha...that's it!
Sorry, Scotty's Mom, but your son isn't going back to high school so his accolades on the field (while impressive) aren't going to get any better. It is his current standing as a "member of the community" who has made a "significant contribution" that can't be disputed.
Let's face it...no one would know about Garner Magnet High School (much less Garner, North Carolina) if this kid didn't make it to the Finals of American Idol.
So...who is going to do the honors of submitting the nomination form? There has to be one of you out there that is close enough to this sleepy suburb of Raleigh that can handle the task.