On Friday, St. Michael senior Codi Williams signed his college letter of intent to play baseball for Southern University.
Williams, who is exclusively a center fielder, says he found his love for baseball as a child while playing t-ball when his dad introduced him to the sport. “I have been playing baseball my entire life and really got into it in middle school at Central Middle,” says Williams. “After middle school I played travel ball with the Knights throughout high school, along with playing on the St. Michael team.”
Williams credits his success to two main role models throughout his baseball career. “My dad continues to be an inspiration to me. He has always been there to support me and push me to be the best player possible,” shares Williams. The other is former Warrior baseball player and current St. Michael Assistant Coach RJ Boiteaux ‘95. “Coach RJ has had a big impact on my playing too. He is always helping me to improve while at practice. He played center fielder when he was on the team here, and bats lefty like me. He even played ball for Southern University. I am lucky to have had him for the past three years while at St. Michael.” Coach Boiteaux says that the future is bright for Williams’ college career. “Codi is a hard working and coachable kid that is willing to put in the extra work. He has all the tools he needs to be successful at the collegiate level.”
St. Michael Head Baseball Coach, Tookie Johnson, says that Williams’ talent will take him far at the collegiate level. “Codi’s skills as an outfielder are phenomenal. He also possesses the ability to run, throw and hit at the college level. I believe he will be able to walk on campus as a freshman and make an immediate impact, which is something I am excited to see for him,” shares Coach Tookie.
While attending Southern University, Williams plans to major in Chemical Engineering and says he most looks forward to being able to have a full college experience while continuing to play ball. “I am excited to have the opportunity to play in college – I cannot wait to see what it is like to live on my own and meet new people and teammates,” shares Williams.
Williams has also played club baseball for the Louisiana Tigers and Next Level. He has been named an All-District player in baseball as well as football for St. Michael High School.