Marianna’s Cameron Gray is headed to the University of South Florida after graduation.

He signed with the Division 1 University during a ceremony at Marianna High School Monday.

Gray has played on the Marianna varsity baseball team since his freshman year and is widely regarded as the team’s ace pitcher. Despite this, Gray said he prefers hitting to pitching, because it is something he can do every game.

Gray started playing baseball at MERE in the T-ball league and has constantly moved up from there. He said he was driven by his love of the game and it pretty much became his way of getting away from problems or stress.

“ If I was having problems going on in school or things like that, I would go and play baseball,” he said. “My life revolves around baseball.”

MHS head coach Bobby Hughes has been coaching Gray for three years and said he felt blessed to be able to coach him.

Hughes said Gray is a great young man, first of all, and he is hard worker.

‘ The Lord blessed him with ability, but he worked to make himself even better,” Hughes said. “He works on his weaknesses, where a lot of people go home and don’t do anything on their own,” he added. “He works all year, that’s why he got to where he is at.”

Hughes expects him to continue to pitch as well as play the outfield. He believes Gray was recruited by USF because he is an athlete who can do more than one thing and is aware of what is going on around him on the field.

Gray has also faced a

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