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Alonso’s Mejia commits to Florida State


Alonso High junior Ryan Mejia said Friday he has verbally committed to play baseball at Florida State University.

Mejia, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder hit .321 as a sophomore for Alonso last season, with 13 runs and 12 RBIs as the Ravens finished with an 18-7 record. Mejia said although he has been a longtime fan of the Seminoles, he had been trying to decide between FSU and the University of Miami. He said after going on an unofficial visit to both schools that Tallahassee was the right fit for him.

“My whole life, my dream school has been Florida State,” Mejia said. “My whole family and I have been FSU fans and after visiting both schools (Florida State) just felt like home.”

“Ryan is a good and very humble kid,” Alonso coach Landy Faedo said. “He’s also a really hard worker.”

Alonso’s program has previously had three players walk on to the baseball team at FSU. Sherman Johnson played for the Seminoles from 2009-12, before being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, currently playing for the club’s Class A affiliate in the California League, while Johnson’s brother, Brandon, and Casey Smit just completed their senior seasons with FSU.

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