2021 3B/RHP Vytas Valincius Commits to South Carolina

Congrats on your new commitment! What is it about South Carolina that excites you the most?

What’s not exciting about South Carolina? It has great academics, great facilities, great coaches, and great baseball. This is a dream college and a dream place to play baseball. It’s also a place where you can succeed both in academics and baseball, as well as a place where you can set yourself up for success later in life.

You have been with Top Tier for 5 years now, and are entering your second year with the high school program. Talk about your experience over the years and what it means to wear the TT. 

Every time I put on Top Tier, it feels like I’m representing my family. Top Tier is family for me and they have been there for me through it all. They have never let me down and always told me the truth. I greatly appreciate everything Top Tier has done for me and Top Tier is my family for life.

Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.

The whole college recruiting process was fun. It’s fun seeing all the great things colleges have to offer with their facilities and their academics. The hardest part was at the end when you have to call all the coaches and tell them you’re not going to be playing for them.  

What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?

I looked at where I can succeed both in baseball and academics. Baseball is important because I want to play the game for as long as I can. I want to win a national championship and get drafted. I want to keep getting better everyday and be the best player I can be. Academics are important because the game of baseball always comes to an end in your life.  I want to make sure I have a plan when that does come and have success.

What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

I just need to keep working hard. If I work hard everyday and get better everyday, I don’t think I will have any challenges that I can't overcome. I just have to keep working my butt off.

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself as a college baseball player?

I want to be the best baseball player I can be. I want to help South Carolina out as much as I can so we can win a national championship. I want to be the player that plays everyday and helps out the team the most.

Is there anybody you would like to give a shout-out or thanks to?

Top Tier coaches have been there all throughout the process, teaching me on and off the field. I am so grateful that I found an organization that cares about me as much as I care about them. The person I’d like to thank the most though is my mother. She has been there since I started, always pushing me everyday to be a better player and a better person. She dropped everything so she can be with me. I want to thank her for all the hard work she has done to get me to this point. All the batting practice she throws me and all the workouts she has done for me. She has gotten me to this point and I couldn’t be more thankful for her.

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