Keegan Knutson announced on Friday that he has committed to the University of South Carolina to play baseball.
Knutson, who will be a sophomore at Milton High School during the 2020 baseball season, made his verbal announcement on Twitter.
“I was thinking when I did it that all the hard work has finally paid off and it’s all been worth it,” Knutson said. “But, I have to think in the back of my mind, because I did it so early, that I still have to work hard and keep it going to get to the next level.”
“From the time I first met him I knew playing at a larger school down South was a goal of his,” Milton head coach Kris Agnew said. “After coaching him for a year and being around him and just seeing the general attitude, commitment and skill set that he has for baseball, I knew it was a matter of time before someone got him.
“I think it’s a great fit. I think it’s going to be a really great relationship between him and that program.”
Knutson will join a South Carolina baseball program which has a rich tradition of success. The Gamecocks won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011 and have reached the NCAA Tournament eight times in the last decade.
Knutson said he gravitated toward the Gamecocks because he felt like they understood his passion for the game.
“That stuck with me,” Knutson said. “It just showed my love for the game and how I play the game truly paid off and they saw that out of me.”
“He cares about playing baseball and doing things the right way,” Agnew said. “We have a lot of guys on our team like that, but especially him.”
“He has great work ethic and plays so hard. He’s such a good teammate. In baseball, coaches look for that kind of stuff.”
Knutson said he started doing college camps around a year ago. He noted the recruitment process started to speed up this winter when he competed in a college recruitment camp for his baseball academy, Hitters Baseball Academy.
Knutson was instrumental in the Red Hawks’ successful 2019 baseball campaign. The freshman earned Badger South first-team honors at third base during Milton’s 19-10 season.
“I expected that kind of year,” Knutson said.
Knutson helped Milton to the sectional final this season, and just one game short of what would have been the Red Hawks’ first-ever state tournament berth. Milton also captured its first ever share of the Badger South Conference title this year.
“The main goal is to get Agnew to state and us to state since we’ve never been there before,” Knutson said. “We just want to keep winning conferences too, that’s a pretty big feat.”
“When you have someone like him that obviously has some credibility and is known pretty well to lead your team, it makes it that much easier as a coach,” Agnew said. “We’re excited to have him, proud of him and excited for his future.”