Cats’ Cuzzort signs baseball scholarship
by David Royal
Apr 30, 2013 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chris Cuzzort, starting second baseman for Woodland High, will be playing baseball at the next level with hopes of taking his game even further.

Cuzzort signed a scholarship to play at Chattanooga State Community College, a two-year school in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a reputation for helping players improve their skills set at the next level.

Cuzzort said he hopes to improve enough that he will be drafted by professional baseball or recruited by a Division I college.

“I’ve always wanted to play college baseball,” Cuzzort said. “I love the game and want to keep it going.”

At Woodland, Cuzzort was a two-year starter at second base. His senior year he earned a .304 batting average with an on-base percentage of .425. His fielding average was .881, with just five errors through 24 games.

He also played fall and summer ball for the East Cobb Yankees.

Cuzzort drew interest from several four-year colleges, including Charleston Southern and Young Harris, but chose Chattanooga State instead.

The Woodland athlete said coaches at Chattanooga State also have expressed an interest in him at shortstop, which is his preferred position and which he played at East Cobb.

Cuzzort has been the starting second baseman at Woodland his junior and senior years and played catcher as a freshman and sophomore.

He said the switch two years ago to the infield was deliberate.

“I love playing there,” he said.

Cuzzort said he became interested in Chattanooga State last summer.

“I was invited to a showcase there and they invited me back,” he said. “The second showcase was more secluded and private and after the second one I committed.”

He said he will be challenged at the school.

“They have one of the best programs in the nation and I like that,” he said. “I also have family there. My grandparents live near Chattanooga.”

Cuzzort said he believes Chattanooga State can help him realize his baseball dreams.

“I’m hoping to get drafted or transfer to a four-year school,” he said. “After a year or two, depending on how I do, I hope to play professional baseball or transfer to a Division I college.”

He said Chattanooga State will challenge his game, but he must improve enough to make his dreams come true.

“Coach [Greg] Dennis is a great guy,” he said. “He’s all about getting his players to be drafted or to transfer to a four-year college. With their program being so good, they’re going to attract a lot of attention for me and anyone else on the team.”

He is realistic about his chances. “I’m going for baseball first. That’s my goal. I have to see what happens. If it doesn’t happen, then I probably will move into a career in physical therapy.”

He said earning a spot on the Tigers could prove challenging, too, because they have a lot of talent on the team.

Dennis, head coach for the Tigers since 2004, has brought the program into a yearly nationally ranked position.

The Tigers, a member of the TCCAA Region VII conference, have won its title twice during the tenure of Dennis, and went to the JUCO World Series in 2010.