Florida State baseball's hot recruiting continued over the weekend landing a top-100 type national talent in right-handed pitcher Andrew Karp (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange).
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect visited over the summer, and on Saturday, he felt like it was time to make the call.
"I visited Florida State and I loved the facilities, I loved all the coaches and most of all, I just felt comfortable there with the atmosphere," he said.
"The coaches seem real laid back. You know, there is a real winning tradition at Florida State and there is just a quiet confidence of working hard and winning games."
It wasn't that the Seminoles didn't have stiff opposition, though.
Perennial powers Mississippi and Miami were both firmly entrenched among his top group. And at one point, going out of state looked probable.
"My first visit was at Ole Miss in the summer, and then I visited Miami and Florida State," explained the 2014 pitcher. "At first, my decision was kind of swayed toward Ole Miss, and then I ended up visiting Florida State. At that moment, after I visited, Florida State was the school for me, and it felt right."
Karp throws a fastball that touches 91 MPH, a change-up and a slider. Being able to throw three pitches for strikes is always good, but he says he can throw it by hitters, too.
"I like to consider myself a little bit of both," Karp noted.
As for when a return visit could occur, there aren't any real concrete plans. But Karp certainly would like to come back whenever he gets the chance.
"I haven't really talked about it with my family, but maybe in a month or so from now," he said.
Karp competes with the travel ball team Orlando Scorpions on the summer circuit.