GRC shortstop Brady Davis signs with Louisville

Published 4:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2023

With an uncle being former Major League Baseball pitcher Matt Ginter and brother Jaxson playing in college, it’s fair to say that George Rogers Clark senior Brady Davis has seen his share of baseball talent.

On Wednesday, National Signing Day across the country, he continued to make the most of his journey.

Davis, a leader on the team, signed to play college baseball at the University of Louisville, where he will continue wearing Cardinal red.

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“It’s just a blessing coming into a big school like this and having all these people come out to support,” Davis said. “It just makes me feel amazing inside.”

Davis, who primarily plays shortstop and serves as a right-handed pitcher, has been on scouts’ radar.

While Wednesday marked his official signing, the loyal Davis had already known by freshman year where he intended to go and offered a verbal commitment to the school.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very, very long time,” Davis said. “I think [Louisville] is going to be a really good fit.”

At the plate for last year’s 22-12 squad, Davis hit over .360, also compiling numerous stolen bases – including four in an April 11 contest against Paris – after patience at the plate led to walks.

He finished with a 3-1 record with five appearances on the mound.

Davis was also a key contributor his sophomore year when GRC made what many might consider an improbable run to the 10th Region Championship game in 2022.

The ceremony took place inside the GRC library, where Davis was surrounded at a table by family – parents Casey and Kenny Davis and brother Trey Davis.

In his first year as George Rogers Clark High School’s athletic director, Terry Yeast acknowledged that the occasion was special.

“[This is] my first official signing for one of the Power Five schools,” he said, referring to the five most prominent and highest-earning athletic conference of the NCAA. “I’m excited that you guys are here as we celebrate Brady.”

Shortly after, they granted time for others who wished to speak about Davis to come forward.

Two teammates – junior outfielders Kamden McAlpin and Ben Fultz – came forward to speak as well.

“We’ve got a great friendship over the years,” said McAlpin, noting that they’d played together long before becoming teammates at GRC. “I’m super proud [of] all he’s [done] to go to Louisville.”

“We’ve come a long way, and I think that is a testament to who he is as a person”, said Fultz. “We’ve all come together behind him.”

Coaches also spoke of Brady’s accomplishments.

Among them was George Rogers Clark High School head baseball coach Eddie Brooks, who emphasized the importance that academics – in addition to character and athletic ability – play in recruitment.

“Your grades have got to match your character, and both of those match that with him,” Brooks said. “I’m just extremely blessed to be a part of this.”

Also speaking was Will Padgett, an assistant coach with GRC’s baseball program.

“For three years, I’ve seen him mature as a player,” Padgett said.

Certainly not least, Blake Perry – a summer ball coach for Davis – expressed hopes about his future.

“Brady’s [going to] be really, really special,” Perry said. “He’s [going to] get such good coaching up there, and he’s [going to] get such a good education.”

Under current head coach Dan McDonnell, the Louisville have made the College World Series five times and had winning seasons each year, beginning in 2007.

Davis expressed gratitude for those in attendance, including teammates and family.

“It’s really meant something to play with you guys,” he said. “I also want to thank both of my parents for coming. I would not be where I am today without them.”