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Tapes will suffice, McCraw to sign with Ga. Tech
Standout FHS softballer falls in love with ACC school

For more reasons than just wearing a softball glove, Georgia Tech was a perfect fit for Becky McCraw.

And Tech decided a live audition wasn’t necessary in order to offer a scholarship.

McCraw, senior third-baseman for the Farragut Lady Admirals, has committed to attend Georgia Tech and play softball for the Lady Yellow Jackets of the ACC.

“It’s like a great school and it fits me perfectly academically because I want to major in math,” she said.

After an early October visit to Atlanta, “I absolutely fell in love with the school when I went to see it the first time,” McCraw said. “I went down there just like on an unofficial visit, and met with them and got to see the whole campus and all the softball and athletic facilities.

“I knew it was perfect for me. The team is really good.”

However, “I was trying to keep myself from getting too attached to it, because I wasn’t positive that it was going to happen,” McCraw said. “They told me originally that they were going to have to see me play in person before they were going to offer me a scholarship.”

Her FHS “fall ball” team had a weekend tournament (Oct. 4-5) the Tech coaches were pointing toward attending.

“The coaches told me they could come watch me play if we made it to Sunday, but we got knocked out Saturday night,” she said. “I was pretty depressed at that point.”

Scurrying quickly to find any tournament or camp where she could display her talents live in front of the Tech coaches, McCraw failed to find anything.

But it didn’t matter.

“They called and said, ‘we’ve talked it over, and we’ve decided that just from seeing your video tape we’d like to offer you a scholarship,” McCraw said of a wonderful Oct. 9 call. “It was pretty surprising to me.”

McCraw, 17, will make it official in early November, when she will sign National Letter of Intent papers during a designated NCAA-allowed signing period.

In addition to being a solid stick in the middle of the FHS battling order last season, McCraw, a four-year-starter-to-be, is generally considered one of the best defensive third-basemen in East Tennessee.

“I don’t think there was a third-baseman in the area that was any better than Becky,” FHS head coach David Moore said.

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