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Thu. October 22, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Bishop McLaughlin's baseball program has played at the varsity level for four seasons.

And for the first time in program history, one of its players is headed to a Division I baseball program

Hurricanes junior T.J. Wharton has orally committed to play at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Wharton, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound catcher, has started each of the past two seasons for the Hurricanes.

Coach Nick Rodriguez said early on Wharton switched fielding positions for his program. That along with Wharton's big bat (he hit .428 with 29 RBIs and two home runs last season) made him an attractive recruit.

Rodriguez said Wharton went to six college camps this summer including one at N.C. State. Wharton fell in love with the Greensboro, N.C., area, Rodriguez said.

Apparently, the feeling was mutual.

"They loved his bat and his athleticism," Rodriguez said.  "I can't speak high enough about the boy. I consider him one of the tops in the county. And now he's our first Division I player."

The NCAA does not recognize oral commitments, so Wharton has until Nov. 2010 to change his mind before his first opportunity to sign a letter of intent.

Wharton also received interest from Appalachian State.

igould@sptimes.com

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