Riverdale Baptist rising senior Seth Williams raked in the middle of the Crusaders order this spring. He smashed base hits into gaps using the entire field to compile 26 RBI for the National Association of Christian Athletes champions. He held a .379 batting average and a .471 slugging percentage in the No. 5 spot.

Williams’ hitting prowess drew the attention of the Virginia Military Institute in the fall due to a strong showing at the Virginia Sports Complex showcase. Days after the showcase he talked with associate coach and recruiting coordinator Jonathan Hadra for an hour, and the two kept in frequent contact during the spring.

On Friday, VMI offered the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder utility player and he gave his oral commitment just hours later.

“I related with the VMI coaches very well, and the campus matched the setting I was looking for,” Williams said.

Williams was hesitant about choosing the military school after his initial visit in February, but once he discovered military service wasn’t mandatory, the school became his favorite.

Although his parents weren’t in the military, his maternal and paternal grandfathers served time in the Navy and the United States Marine Corps, respectively.

“I knew this was where the Lord wanted me,” Williams said. “I also liked the military aspect because it keeps you in check, and I like what it stands for.”

His skills at the plate hitting got him in the door with the Keydets, but his versatility should make him nearly impossible to keep out of the lineup. Williams said he feels comfortable in both corners of the infield and in the outfield. He pitches and plays in the infield for the Crusaders, and he plays both infield and outfield for the Stars travel team.

He’s covered third base and first base since he began playing baseball as a 5-year-old, but he had to adapt to pitching and the outfield when he enrolled at the Upper Marlboro private school.

“I’ll be able to bring a solid attitude to the team, and I get along with most of the guys,” Williams said. “They’re recruiting me for for my hitting, but I can help the team get wins by getting on base.”

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