Simeon’s Darius Day picks Arizona

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One of the top Class of 2014 prospects in the country, OF/LHP Darius Day from Simeon, finally named his school Monday night, selecting the University of Arizona.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Day is the No. 2 ranked 2014 prospect in Illinois. The two-way standout said he chose the defending national champion Wildcats over NC State, Michigan, Missouri and Indiana.

“I really liked the coaching staff,” said Day after his announcement dinner Monday night. “I liked everything about it, and I really liked the atmosphere.

“It was definitely a tough decision. My eyes were wide open to everything. I never thought I’d be able to choose between so many good schools.”

The fact that Day had the nation’s top programs courting his services is no surprise. Ever since he was in seventh grade Day had been earmarked as a big prospect in the making.

Three weeks ago Day earned top prospect honors at the Prep Baseball Report Preseason All-State Showcase after he ran a 6.68 60, was clocked at 91 mph from the outfield and showed a polished left-handed swing. On the mound he was equally as impressive, sitting 86-88 mph with his fastball to go along with command of his curveball and changeup.

“This has been a blessing,” Day said. “I still have to go out, go hard and stay humble.”

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