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Kyle Johnson commits to UCSB

Justin Dilling, sports staff

Photo by Leanne Johnson

Leigh High School’s senior athlete Kyle Johnson, or as his friends call him, K.J., has been tearing it up all four years of his high school career. Not only has he had an undefeated league basketball season so far in his senior year, but he has also dominated the first base on the diamond. Many scouts from prestigious schools were interested in his baseball skills, however, one school in particular stuck out to him. After sorting through many schools – University of Oregon and University of Washington in particular- he chose his dream school: UC Santa Barbara.
“It is like a dream come true. They are are a very great baseball team and strong academically,” said Johnson.
The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Santa Barbara was 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCSB is challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.KJ, however, is a straight A student and has nothing to worry about.
In the previous 2016 season, the Gauchos won 24 of their 30 home games and finished the season with 43 wins and 20 losses topped off with a tie.
Johnson has been working with the UCSB coaches, developing a workout plan. The head coach Andrew Checketts’ goal is to have KJ hitting by the time he arrives to the school in the fall.
Not only is making the team a terrific achievement, but finding your place on the team is also a very difficult task. KJ is on the team to be a first baseman, however, he is very willing to adapt to other positions to maintain a position on the team.
KJ also has experience with a few of his teammates due to him previously playing with them on travel teams.
Although Kyle Johnson is a magnificent baseball player and would love to pursue his career on the diamond, he claims that “grades are the most important thing to [him].”
Leigh High School as a whole is behind him every step of the way through his college baseball career.