Bogue, Williams Make Dreams Come True with Big-Time Commitments
It’s not every day you see a local player that gets the chance to play at the next level. Let alone, at an NCAA Division-I program. Two local players, Logan Bogue of Habersham Central, and Tripp Williams of Banks County, both made dreams a reality this summer. The duo are just entering their junior year, and perhaps the most incredible part of this is the fact that both really only had a handful of games as sophomore to make a great-enough impression to have this opportunity. The two have much in common, and even play on the same travel ball team (Georgia Bombers 16U)
Georgia Tech // Habersham Central JR
Bogue is a only a junior, graduating in the Class of 2022. However, he has already made his commitment to Georgia Tech, a member of the ACC. His decision came back in June. Bogue is listed by Perfect Game at 6’3, 195 lbs, and pitches as well as plays in the infield for the Raiders.
Bogue registers a blazing fastball speed of 92 MPH, adding 13 MPH since 2017 on that pitch. With the Class of 2022 average at 79, he is in the 99th percentile in speed. He’s ranked #152 in the nation, and last hit 92 on the gun on July 10, 2020. Bogue is a SouthEast Region Honorable Mention All-American.
“Committing to Tech felt so surreal, I had been working hard and everything was starting to pay off,” says Bogue. “It feels really good when you see good results from everything you work on.”
Tech provides a great opportunity for Bogue to be a D-I athlete, as well as get a quality education. But he has his own reasons why Tech won him over.
“The coaching staff at Tech is unbelievable,” says Bogue. “Coach Borrell (Pitching Coach) is the best in the country, and that is one of the big reasons why I chose Tech. Also, I want to win a National Championship and I believe we will be able to do it there.”
With a frame like Bogue has, he jumps out on paper ahead of other recruits his age. GT saw something in him to want to get him committed early.
“I think they loved how I handled myself off the field as much as I did on it,” adds Bogue. “They loved how I handled things when things didn’t go my way. The biggest thing [they want me] to work on is just refining some little things in my delivery and to just keep working hard.”
Bogue was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in limited action for Habersham in 2020. He pitched 17 innings and struck out 25 batters.
On the possibility of playing early, Bogue knows he must work hard for it.
“Nothing is guaranteed as far as playing time goes,” says Bogue. “I’m going to have to earn it. I’d like to think I’ll play a lot as a freshman, but I just have to work for it.”
Georgia Southern // Banks County JR
Tripp Williams, also just a junior, is a standout pitcher and outfielder for the Leopards at Banks County. He made a decision recently to commit to Georgia Southern. Like Bogue, his frame alone makes him stand out, as he stands 6’4 and weighs in at 210 lbs.
“Since I started playing baseball, my dream has been to play DI,” says Williams. “This summer I achieved my childhood dream.”
Williams’ current fastball speed registers at 87 MPH, which exceeds his class average (79), putting him in the 93rd percentile. He’s currently ranked in the top 500 prep baseball players in the country. Williams is also a SouthEast Region Honorable Mention All-American.
It was an easy pick for Williams on choosing Georgia Southern.
“I know Georgia Southern has a strong baseball program,” says Williams. “The college is in a small town like I grew up in and the area is known for good hunting and fishing.”
Williams says he continues to work on his velocity and getting stronger, and that his current coaches Peyton Hart and Jarred Oliver helped colleges see how aggressive and competitive he is. Williams, like Bogue, knows that when the day comes to play at that level, he can make a big impact.
“Coach Hennon and coach Green [at Georgia Southern] took me as a two-way player,” adds Williams, who is a standout on the mound and at the plate at Banks County. “They see me as a Friday night guy on the mound.”
Williams in 2020’s limited action, was 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA, striking out 24 hitters.