Overcoming state-lines and injuries, Junior Infielder Josh Tobias could not be happier playing baseball for the Florida Gators.
At South Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC, Tobias had a successful career especially in his senior year when the team made it to regionals. His success led to being selected by the Washington Nationals in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
“I got drafted that year to the Nationals; that was a big accomplishment for me. I was the first kid to get drafted out of my high school,” said Tobias.
Coming to UF rather than going to the minors was an easy decision for Tobias. He looked at other schools, including ones near his home town, but when he came to UF he felt home. Both of Tobias’ parents attended UF, and growing up a Florida fan made Tobias excited to be a second generation Gator.
“School has always been big to me. I wanted to get my degree. I am a Geology major, so that is something I have always wanted to do. It was a win-win situation, so I chose to get my degree and I can always get drafted this year coming up,” said Tobias.
Tobias has been successful both on the field and in the classroom, making the SEC Academic Honor Roll his sophomore year.
During the off-season, Tobias worked to perfect his game at multiple positions in the infield, and would like to play any position he is offered at the professional level. This season he hopes to gain more experience to help him reach the next level, but for now, Tobias is ready to get on the field with his team.
“We have a lot of new guys. It is a great team. I like it a lot. I am just looking forward to playing with them all, and winning games with them,” Tobias said.
Tobias is anxious this season to play at South Carolina for the chance for his high school teammates and family to watch him on the field. But even more than the chance to play for his hometown fans, Tobias is looking forward for the chance to play in Omaha and bring back a national championship for the Gators.