South Carolina Commitment: Gilbert High School shortstop Christopher Owings arrived on the scene as a freshman and won a 2A State Championship, two years later his Indians won another title. In between rings, the USC commit has garnered his share of accolades and upgraded his interest with pro scouts. In his Diamond Spotlight, learn what musical instrument he plays and where he hopes to be a few years from now!
DP-Please list any high school statistics of importance, awards won:
CO-2008 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American 2nd Team, 2008 DP's 2A Player of the Year, 2008 Louisville Slugger Honorable Mention All American, 07-08 All-State, 3-time All-Region, 4-time All-Area, 07-08 GHS Offensive Player, 07-08 Michelin All-Tournament Team, 06-08 All-DP Team, 07-08 Gold Glove Team, 07 Southern Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team
DP-You have committed to South Carolina, what factors led to that decision? What other schools did you select them over?
CO-South Carolina is where I've always wanted to play since I was a little kid. Clemson, Florida, Stanford.
DP-Your brother is a successful player at SMC. What have been the plusses and minuses of following a good player with the same last name?
CO-The plusses are that he has given me someone to look up to and I have always had someone to work with. The minuses are everyone asking if I am going to be as good as he is.
DP-Why do you think they recruited you?
CO-I have a good work ethic, play hard and love the game.
DP-You played at Wrigley Field this fall, what was that experience like? CO- CO-Amazing, it was awesome playing were some of the greats have played.
DP-What is your greatest high school thrill?
CO-Winning 2 state championships
DP-Where does your love for baseball come from?
CO-My Mom and Dad, both played college baseball and softball. They put a ball and bat in my hand when I was very little.
DP-What has travel ball done for your baseball career?
CO-It has helped me get exposure and shown me that there are a lot of good players out there. I made a lot of great friends from all over.
DP-Who are the three toughest pitchers you have faced?
CO-Adam Westmoreland, Brandon Miller, Greg Harrison
DP-What do you think your teammates thoughts are on the attention from colleges that you've gotten?
CO-I think they are happy for me.
DP-A successful 2009 for your high school team is:
DP-What are your thoughts on professional baseball after high school?
CO-My dream is to play Major League Baseball so I just hope I get an opportunity.
DP-Who are the three best underclassmen in South Carolina that you know of?
CO-Drew Cisco (Wando, Pitcher), Daniel Palka (Greer, 1B/Pitcher), Connor Owings (Gilbert, Utility).
DP-What anxieties do you have about entering college?
CO-Balancing classes and baseball.
DP-What is the toughest adjustment you expect after high school on and off the field?
CO-Playing in the SEC and starting over again as a freshman.
DP-Tell us why you believe you'll succeed beyond high school in this game:
CO-It has been my dream to play Major League Baseball and I am willing to work to get there.
DP-What areas of your game do you need to work on the most to improve before you hit the Gamecock practice field?
CO-I need to improve on every aspect of my game.
DP-What is the biggest crowd you've ever performed in front of and where?
CO-2006 State Championship Game at Gilbert vs. Aynor.
DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a person and why?
CO-My parents, they have given me every opportunity to succeed and have made me into the person I am today. My family has made a big impression on who I am also.
DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a baseball player and why?
CO-My Dad, he has always been there for me to throw BP, talk baseball and is the reason where I am today.
DP-What does the term "student-athlete" mean to you?
CO-Student is 1st and Athlete is 2nd.
DP-What do you intend to major in?
DP-What MLB feat in history do you wish you'd been inside the stadium to witness and why?
CO-Babe Ruth's called Homerun. It would have been incredible to have seen someone do that.
DP-Who is your favorite athlete outside of baseball and why?
CO-LeBron James. He is an amazing athlete and exciting to watch.
DP-Who is your favorite MLB pitcher and position player and why?
CO-Ervin Santana, he has awesome stuff and used to be a shortstop. Derek Jeter, one of the best shortstops ever and is clutch.
DP-Who is your favorite MLB team?
DP-What do you think about the Designated Hitter in MLB?
CO-I like the DH, it gives a player a chance to play but, should be in both leagues.
DP-What is your favorite sport to play other than baseball?
DP-What is your favorite sport to watch other than baseball?
DP-What are some of your hobbies?
CO-Swimming, Listening to Music, Exercising
DP-Use three words to describe yourself:
CO-Athletic, Focused, Kind.
DP-What is something people don't know about you?
CO-I play the Saxophone.
DP-If there were going to be a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you?
DP-Who is your favorite actor and actress?
CO-Will Farrell, Eva Mendes
DP-What is your favorite movie?
CO-Never Back Down
DP-What is your favorite thing to watch on television?
DP-What type of music do you prefer?
DP-What is (or would be) your ‘intro' song?
CO-Put On by Young Jeezy
DP-What is your favorite video game?
DP-What is your favorite meal?
CO-Hamburger and Fries
DP-What goals do you have for yourself in and out of baseball?
CO-Finish with a good high school season and good grades.
DP-If you could have dinner with three people in history, who would they be and why?
CO-Mickey Mantle because he is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Derek Jeter to see what it's like to be Mr. November. My Mom's dad because he loved baseball. He died before I was born.
DP-Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CO-Playing in the Major Leagues.
DP-What are your thoughts on what Diamond Prospects has done for kids in the state of South Carolina?
CO-It's helped kids be seen and given them a better chance to play at the next level.
DP-Give a young high school player who is reading this article one piece of advice:
CO-Work hard, make good choices on and off the field. Someone is always watching.
DP-Thank you so much Christopher! Good luck at winning another ring and beyond high school!