HPCA’s Corbett signs with Rollins

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 10:07 PM

Chris Corbett just had a sense of what he should do. Just like when he decided to focus on baseball instead of playing other sports.

In that moment, Corbett, a standout catcher at High Point Christian, knew that NCAA Division-II Rollins College was where he should sign.

“It feels great,” says Corbett, the son of Gene and Caprice of Stokesdale. “It’s kind of surreal. I never thought I’d be in this position when I first came here. Everything was kind of jumbled. I wasn’t real sure what was going to happen.

“But Coach (Corey) Gesell reassured me, just telling me to have faith that God will lead you to where He wants you to go. My parents have really helped me throughout this process, just being there and supporting me.”

Growing up and even into high school, Corbett leaned toward playing basketball. But it was his 10th-grade year that his views changed, and he decided to switch more toward baseball. From then on, he’s never looked back, focusing all his energy in that direction.

“Tenth-grade year, I had a really good spring,” he says. “I just kind of fell in love with baseball. I’d always loved playing baseball and basketball. But that spring it really clicked, and I could tell that’s what I wanted to do.

“And just the leadership aspect of being a catcher. I felt like I could lead the team very well from behind the plate. ... There weren’t any doubts. When I moved over to High Point Christian, I put all my efforts into baseball.”

Corbett, who began high school at Northwest Guilford before transferring, grew into an standout performer for the Cougars, who have been a perennial state contender at all levels of the NCISAA. As a junior, he was named All-PACIS 3A and NCISAA All-State.

“Chris is a very hard worker,” Gesell says. “He loves the game, has fun while he plays. He’s a serious ballplayer, but he also has a great personality that’s attractive to coaches and kids. He’s just a super leader.

“When I met him he looked me eye to eye and I was able to talk with him. I’d never seen him play until we played a fall league game. I’d heard good things, but I did not know him and hadn’t seen him play. He’s just an outstanding player and an outstanding catcher.”

While weighing his options, Corbett trimmed his choices to include Stetson, UNC Wilmington and Richmond. It was Rollins, though, that stood out among the others in the end.

“It really felt like that was where God was leading me to go,” Corbett, who wants to study physics, says. “That was my first love. From when I first visited it, I always liked it the most. The coaching staff really stuck out to me. I always had a good relationship with them, and the school academically is very good.

“The coaches are just really personable. Just the way they recruited me, I could tell they wanted me. They wanted to know about me. They weren’t just interested in the baseball. And the campus really drew me in. It’s second to none. So, I’m really excited about that.”