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Vandebilt's Talbot heading to JUCO

Blake Talbot's journey to becoming a college baseball player will make a quick stop in the junior-college ranks.

Talbot, a senior catcher at Vandebilt Catholic, signed a scholarship to play at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. He signed the letter during a ceremony held in Vandebilt's library on Friday.

Talbot said he hopes the quick detour to the junior-college ranks will lead to a scholarship offer with a major Division I baseball program in two years.

"I'm excited about going to Copiah-Lincoln," Talbot said. "I think it's an opportunity to work hard and hopefully make it to a D-I offer."

Vandebilt baseball coach Corey Sullivan said he supports Talbot's decision. Talbot was also getting offered by Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

"I think it's a good decision for him to go the junior-college route because he's got a lot of tools to work with, but he's also got some room for improvement," Sullivan said. "If he goes to a JUCO for two years, he's got time to develop and work on some skills. He hadn't been behind the plate as a catcher long, so he's got time to improve and he's got a chance to play early."

Talbot, who was a second-team All-District selection at catcher as a junior, had 10 runs, 17 hits and nine RBIs for the Terriers last season.

Copiah Lincoln, which is led by coach Keith Case, went 23-21-1 overall last season.

Talbot, who is also a member of the Southland Hogs baseball organization, said the position he will play in college is still up in the air, as he could play anywhere from catcher to infield to outfield. Before moving to catcher last season, Talbot spent time as a third baseman.

"He (Case) just told me to be ready to play whereever," Talbot said. "They are going to move me around. I'm prepared for all of it. I just want to work hard and do what I can to help the team win."

Sullivan said Talbot's work ethic will lead him to success in college.

"He's a class act and a good kid," Sullivan said. "He's going to work hard. I think he's going to take advantage of this opportunity and hopefully this opportunity can lead to better things for him, whether its education or moving on to another school in a couple of years. You never know where you can go from there."

Before he leaves for college, Talbot, who thanked his coaches, teammates and parents for helping him get this far during Friday's signing, said he has several goals he wants to accomplish during his senior season at Vandebilt.

"We really want to win the district championship obviously," Talbot said. "I hope we have a really good season this year and go far."