Heading to Baylor

Blake Muirhead, front row, from left, Nancy Muirhead, Adam Muirhead, and Luke Muirhead throw up their Baylor Bear paws after Adam signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Baylor. Adam was joined by many of his friends, family, coaches, and teammates.

Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) baseball player Adam Muirhead fulfilled a childhood dream Wednesday, Nov. 13 when he signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Baylor University alongside family and friends in the RFHS Competition Gym.

Adam knew he wanted to play college baseball his whole life. He also knew exactly which school he wanted to play for, Baylor.

When he was 11 years old, a family friend invited Adam and his family to Baylor to watch a college baseball game. The family friends’ son was a starting shortstop in his freshman season at Baylor. Adam also met some of the players and toured the dugout and locker rooms. He fell in love with it. He knew if he ever got the opportunity, he wanted to play for the Baylor Bears. Nevertheless, Adam got his shot over the summer after a highly productive offseason put Adam on Baylor’s recruiting radar.

At the end of his junior baseball season with RFHS, Adam went to work during the offseason and continued to refine himself as a pitcher. He played for Mariucci Elite of Corpus Christi and went to numerous showcases during the summer that provided Adam exposure to collegiate scouts.

In a showcase at Texas State University, Baylor scouts got to see him pitch for the first time and liked what they saw. He went to numerous showcases and eventually recorded 92 miles per hour (MPH) pitching on the gun. After hitting that number, college scouts became intrigued with Adam. RFHS Head Baseball Coach Arturo Elizondo began receiving calls from multiple universities wanting to know more about Adam.

After that, Baylor scouts saw Adam pitch again in another showcase at Texas Christian University and invited Adam to the Baylor campus for an unofficial visit before heading back home.

Adam continued to sustain a great offseason pitching with select teams. Not long after, Baylor invited Adam back again on an official visit to the university with his family.

Before leaving to Baylor his second time, Adam called Elizondo and told him if Baylor makes an offer, he would take it.

“I told him, ‘Adam, that’s what you want, that’s your dream,’” Elizondo said, encouragingly.

While there, Baylor indeed made him an offer. It was a dream fulfilled.

“It was amazing,” Adam said. “I was so nervous, because it was such a big school and I really wanted to go there. And then they offered me; and I felt great.”

While Adam told Elizondo he would take the offer from Baylor immediately, he did mull his decision for a couple days. Adam was also receiving offers and interest from universities such as the University of Oregon, Rice University, Northwestern University, Texas State, and even Ivy League universities like Cornell.

“Cornell told me he was the number one guy on their board,” said Adam’s father, Blake Muirhead.

However, Adam knew all along Baylor was the school he wanted. It was a no-brainer for him and he eventually committed.

Adam signed his letter of intent alongside his mom and dad, Nancy and Blake Muirhead, and younger brother, Luke.

“We’re beyond excited. Especially since he’s going to a school like Baylor,” said Blake. “It’s in Texas, we can go see him, and with all the great values a school like Baylor has; we’re excited, to say the least.”

Adam’s mom, Nancy, was happy to see her son fulfill a lifelong dream.

“You can say I’m one proud momma bear!” Nancy said. “From early on, he had stars in his eyes with Baylor. It was definitely a dream as a young ball player so for it to come to fruition, you couldn’t ask for a better result. We’re very humbled, blessed, and definitely proud.”

Coach Elizondo commended Adam’s work ethic as a huge reason to why he’ll be pitching at the next level and was happy the community gets to witness an athlete from Rockport-Fulton sign to a Division I university.

“He doesn’t know anything less than 100 percent. Anything we do, offseason workouts, playing, pitching, he’s going 100 MPH,” said Elizondo. “It’s great for him, it’s great for our program, and it’s great for our community that’s going to see him dress for Baylor University.”

RFHS Athletic Director Jay Seibert echoed the same sentiments.

“There’s no one that works harder. He flat gets after it; there’s a reason he’s there and it’s because of his work ethic and he takes that work ethic to the classroom as well,” said Seibert. “He’s an outstanding kid and as an athletic program, we’re extremely excited and proud. Baylor got a good one.”

Adam is currently ranked number 11 in his class academically and scored a 1440 on his SAT.

In his career pitching for RFHS, Adam is 12-8 as a starter with 108 innings pitched and 140 strikeouts. In his junior season, he held an earned run average of 1.77.

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