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      Conway's Grant Holmes signs with Florida Gators

      Grant Holmes wore his Gators hat with older brother Colby, a former Gamecock, by his side.

      Conway High baseball star Grant Holmes signed a national letter of intent to play for the Florida Gators next season. Holmes is a 6'2" 190 pound pitcher. His fastball has been clocked as high as 96 miles an hour.

      Holmes, who plans to major in sports medicine, chose the Gators over Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia. The two-time South Carolina All-State selection says he will pitch and play right field at Florida as a two-way player. Holmes is a .380 career hitter at Conway High.

      Entering his senior season, Holmes has a 16-5 career pitching record at Conway. Last season, he went 6-1 with a 0.40 ERA. He struck out 88 batters in only 52.2 innings. His pinpoint control and blazing fastball attracted both college and pro scouts.

      Holmes is projected to be taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He could command a signing bonus of more than $2-million. He told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that the money will not be a determining factor on whether he attends Florida or decides to go pro directly out of high school.

      Grant's older brother Colby, is a former South Carolina Gamecocks star pitcher, who is currently in the minor leagues in the Atlanta Braves organization.