Karr’s D’Andre Williams commits to play baseball at Southern _lowres

Karr catcher D'Andre Williams

Edna Karr senior D’Andre Williams knows all about his school’s rich football tradition.

Williams plays outside linebacker for the Cougars during the fall.

But he also plays catcher for the baseball team, and that’s the sport he plans to pursue in college.

Williams committed to Southern University on Monday.

“I’ve played baseball all of my life and it’s always been my favorite sport,” Williams said. “We want to be able to show people this is more than just a football school.”

Williams, who bats third in Karr’s lineup, is hitting .460 with 30 RBIs. His RBI total ranks second in the city, Karr coach Donnie Russell said.

“He is a contact hitter who’s not going to strike out,” Russell said. “You’re not going to find a harder worker. He is a gem to coach. I expect him to go to Southern and start. He is going to make an immediate impact.”

Williams has also thrown out five of seven runners trying to steal this season, but it’s his numbers in the classroom that Russell really raves about. Williams has a 3.6 grade point average and made a 26 on his ACT.

“If you are dedicated, it’s not really hard,” said Williams about juggling athletics and academics. “You have to have your mind on what you are supposed to be doing and you will excel.”

Williams carries that same attitude behind the plate.

“As a catcher, you have to know what’s going on on every play,” he said. “You have to do your homework and know about every batter and have some knowledge about what they like to do. You can’t be depending on the coach to tell you because you’re the one making the calls. You’re like the quarterback of the team.”

Williams is undecided on his college major, but said he’s solid on his decision to play baseball for the Jaguars.

“I liked the atmosphere and the coaching staff, and they have a solid baseball program and real good academics,” he said.