High school baseball: Edmond Santa Fe's Garrett Greenwood deciding between MIT and being a Division I walk-on

Garrett Greenwood, a speedy center fielder for Edmond Santa Fe, has to quickly make a decision. Choose to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and play baseball, or try to walk on at a Division I program as a free player due to his academics.
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 28, 2014
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— May 1 is looming for Garrett Greenwood and his family.

It’s been a date that’s been quickly approaching for months now, but Greenwood, a speedy center fielder for Edmond Santa Fe, has to quickly make a decision.

Choose to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and play baseball, or try to walk on at a Division I program as a free player due to his academics.

Greenwood’s preference would be to play at a higher level than the Division III Engineers program.

“For me, I wouldn’t necessarily mind it, but I’m just a really competitive person and I would hate to be finished playing baseball, look back on it and never be able to know how good I was and never challenge myself at the highest level possible,” he said. “For me, I want to play at the top level and see what I can do there. I think I can be successful there and I want to be able to challenge myself and bring the best out.”

Becoming the best was always Greenwood’s goal.

From the beginning, his parents Van and Denise stressed academics. They knew they had something special, though, when Garrett scored a 34 on his ACT following his sophomore year.

“It’s fantastic,” Denise said. “My husband and I both were pretty much in-state (colleges) or not. We didn’t have that option and it’s neat to see he can go wherever and do whatever.”

The Greenwoods say money isn’t the determining factor in the choice either. Garrett said his tuition would be about $15,000 a year at MIT, which he feels is a bargain.


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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