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Maxwell will play baseball for UGA
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Surrounded by friends and family, Tucker Maxwell inked papers to be Dawson Countys first University of Georgia baseball player. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson County News

Dawson County athletics inked a historical moment last week when Tucker Maxwell signed on to play baseball for the University of Georgia.

"I'm very excited to play for Georgia," he said Wednesday.

Maxwell committed to Georgia in his junior year at Lambert High School in neighboring Forsyth County, where 15 of the team's 17 players had commitments to play college baseball.

The Longhorns went 36-2 to win the Class AAAAAA championship and finish ranked No. 1 in two national polls in 2014. The team lost in the first round of the state playoffs in 2015 to Milton, the team they defeated to take the state championship series the year before.

The centerfielder transferred to Dawson County in August. His father is the Tigers' head football coach.

"For Dawson County High School, we can't have claimed him for long, but we're going to claim him forever," said Athletic Director Grady Turner. "This will be the first time that we've had a baseball scholarship signed with a Southeastern Conference School and the first time with the University of Georgia."

Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Vanderbilt were also interested in Tucker Maxwell, but a trip to UGA's training facilities won him over.

"Their facilities are outstanding. I didn't really have a preference, but when I went and visited Georgia, I just fell in love with it and decided that's where I wanted to go," he said. "It was the way the coach runs practice. I believe he can make me better as a whole, as a man, as a baseball player, as everything."

Maxwell is also a football standout for the Tigers, having scored five touchdowns in Friday night's win over Ringgold in the first round of the state playoffs.

His dad, Sid Maxwell, said he couldn't be more proud of his son.

"He has worked hard. That's where you get where you need to be. There's no magic beans. It comes with work. That's the bottom line," he said.