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R.J. Yeager - Press Sports Athlete of the Week

Press Sports Athlete of the Week: R.J. Yeager

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Infielders are often known for their defense plays and not their batting averages. Mercer University’s R.J. Yeager is an exception. The sophomore from Panama City led the Bears in assists and had a .995 fielding percentage while batting .324, the third best average on the team over his freshman season. He did all of this while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average in the classroom. Needless to say, we’re honored to feature R.J. as our Press Sports Athlete of the Week.

You could say baseball is in R.J.’s blood. His father was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and played baseball at Gulf State College. As an infielder at Mosley High School, R.J. wasn’t getting many looks from recruiters his freshman and sophomore seasons.

“My junior year, I got bigger and filled out more,” R.J. said. “This led to many schools showing interest in me. Over the summer of my junior year playing for Team Elite, Mercer watched me and offered me a scholarship. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

His favorite sports memory is of a game when he played short and his brother played second base in high school. As the shortstop for Mercer baseball, R.J. started all 60 games his freshman year. He was named a 2018 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, a 2018 NCBWA Freshman All-American and was added to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List.

R.J. attributes his freshman year success to workouts, his father and his coaches. He advises other athletes to work harder than everyone else.

“You have to remember that there is always somebody out there that is better than you, so you have to work harder,” R.J. said. “There may be people with more talent, but (you have) no excuse for someone to outwork you.”

Outside of baseball, R.J. Yeager enjoys hunting, fishing, playing Fortnite with friends and strumming his ukulele (bet you didn’t see that coming).

His ultimate goal is to get drafted to and make it to the MLB.  With his abilities and work ethic, we believe in him to reach that goal.

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Kobe Wilson - Parkview High School football

Press Sports Athlete of the Week: Kobe Wilson

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We’re honored to feature Kobe Wilson of Parkview High School football as our Press Sports Athlete of the Week. Kobe is a speedy linebacker who is on the verge of achieving his goal of playing college football.

Although Kobe Wilson has not yet declared a commitment, he is currently fielding offers from Coastal Carolina and Troy University. Wherever he ends up, one thing is certain: His high level of play, work ethic and enviable skill set will go wherever he chooses to go. Wilson is one of the most explosive and exciting defensive players in Georgia high school football and an excellent student as well.

Currently a junior, Kobe is set to graduate in 2020. He has already racked up a very impressive resume of athletic feats. One of his most memorable showings was in a game against Brookwood where he recorded 12 tackles and 3 sacks. So far, his own personal favorite moment came in a game against Norcross during his sophomore year. In that game, Wilson got his first interception of his high school career.

As a veteran leader on the Parkview High School football team, Kobe leads with words and his play. His statistics speak for themselves. Although a modest and gentlemanly figure off the field, it’s hard to disagree with Kobe when he speaks of his chief strengths thusly: “My speed as a linebacker makes me faster than most linebackers and my physicality as well.”

Kobe’s success as a football player is quite ironic. Wilson, who wears #6, didn’t always enjoy football. He told us, “Growing up playing football…I never really enjoyed it because my mom forced me to play to lose some weight. But now that I’ve gotten better, I enjoy making plays.”

Wilson isn’t all flash and blinding speed, however. He has also achieved an impressive 3.4 GPA and has put himself in position to get the Hope Scholarship. Math is Kobe’s favorite school subject. He enjoys listening to J. Cole and playing Madden in his downtime. LeBron James is his favorite athlete and his favorite hobby is working out at the gym (which is great for his sports goals).

Kobe Wilson is more than an athlete to watch out for. He is a good person whose current mission is to simply get his mom out of the hood. We support him.

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