Drew Harlow

Halifax County High School senior pitcher and third baseman Drew Harlow (seated third from the left) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at NCAA Division I Radford University. Pictured seated from the left are his sister Faith Harlow, his mother Kim Harlow, Drew Harlow, Jennifer Rutledge and sister Jadyn Harlow. Back row from the left are Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter, Halifax County High School Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach Jody Nelson, Halifax County High School Assistant Baseball Coach Shawn Torian, Halifax County High School Head Varsity Baseball Coach Kenneth Day, Carolina Cubs Travel Baseball Team Head Coach Mike Reynolds and Halifax County High School Principal Michael Lewis.

Halifax County High School senior pitcher and infielder Drew Harlow has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at NCAA Division I Radford University.

Harlow is one of eight Radford University recruits who have signed to play with the Highlanders in 2019. The Highlanders compete in the Big South Conference.

“This is something I have been looking forward to since I was little,” Harlow said of the opportunity to play college baseball.

“I’m real excited.”

Harlow had a number of offers from other schools, but chose Radford University.

“When I got there and walked around the school I really liked it,” Harlow explained.

“I didn’t want to go to a big school somewhere. I just felt at home when I went to Radford.”

The fact that Radford University has a strong baseball program also played a role in the decision-making process.

“They (Radford University) have a really nice baseball program,” he pointed out.

“They have had a few (Major League Baseball) draft picks over the years, and I’m really looking forward to that.”

Harlow, who is ranked as a Top-10 Pitcher in Virginia on Perfect Game, a noted baseball website, says he would like to have an opportunity to play professional baseball at some point in the future

“I’m really looking forward to that,” he remarked.

“I hope it comes one day. I’m just going to play and see how it goes.”

Harlow said he would consider an offer to go pro if he were to be fortunate enough to be drafted this coming summer.

“That door is definitely open,” he said.

Halifax County High School Head Varsity Baseball Coach Kenneth Day said he is glad to see Harlow have the opportunity to play NCAA Division I baseball.

“I think he’s got the tools to get it done,” Day pointed out.

“He’s got to continue to be committed to it and to working hard every single day he comes out.”

Day saw good things out of Harlow early on, bringing Harlow up to the varsity squad as a freshman. Harlow, he said, continued to get better each season.

“He has been a fixture in our lineup for four straight years,” Day pointed out.

“The main thing is he has continued to mature. With his skill set and his ability, the mental part of his game has to continue to grow.”

Day says it is rewarding to see players he coaches go on to continue their baseball careers at the next level.

“That is what you want for all of the kids, no matter what level they play at, whether it’s Division I or all the way down to Division III or junior college,” Day said.

“You want all of the kids to advance, continue to improve and be good members and good representatives of our county, our school and our program.”

Harlow started playing baseball at an early age like many youngsters in Halifax County do. He began playing baseball in the Halifax County South Dixie Youth Baseball program at Cluster Springs, worked his way up to become a member of the Halifax County Middle School team, moved to Comets junior varsity team for a brief period as a freshman before being pulled up to the varsity level.

Harlow also played travel baseball with the North Carolina-based Carolina Cubs organization under Head Coach Mike Reynolds.

The Comets senior says he is looking forward to the coming season with the Comets baseball team.

“I can’t wait for this final season to get here,” Harlow remarked.

“I feel like we’re really going to go somewhere.”

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com