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Hernando junior shortstop Christian Arroyo has verbally committed to Florida, Leopards coach Tim Sims confirmed Thursday morning. Arroyo made his college decision Wednesday night.
Arroyo, a 6-foot, 175-pound junior, has a .305 batting average for the 13-9 Leopards. He has only one error in 68 chances on defense and has turned three double plays. Arroyo batted .476 last season during Hernando's run to the Class 4A state semifinals.
He was a first-team selection to Perfect Game USA’s preseason all-underclassman All-America team.
Sims said his star player has above-average tools in every category, but his biggest strength is his intelligence. Sims said Arroyo can outthink opponents, which makes him even more successful.
“I guess you would use this cliché, but he is very natural,” Sims said. “He has a Pete Rose-type work ethic.”
Arroyo chose the Gators over USF, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia and “pretty much everybody,” Sims said.
Arroyo selected one of the country’s top college programs. The Gators are 29-8 and ranked first nationally in RPI and in the coaches’ poll.
“He is the perfect fit for that program,” Sims said.
Verbal commitments are non-binding until recruits sign their letters of intent during their senior season.