RINGGOLD, Ga. (WRCB) -- Slade Dale was back on the gridiron Monday morning as Ringgold football continues the countdown to the upcoming 2013 season, but the Tigers' quarterback spent the weekend figuring out his future in a different sport.
Dale verbally committed to play baseball at Georgia during a visit to the Athens campus on Saturday. He made his pledge public by posting the news on his Twitter page Sunday night.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior has been the Tigers' lead-off hitter and starting shortstop the past three years. He hit .405 with seven homers and 26 RBI as a junior while leading Ringgold to the second round of the playoffs this spring and played an integral role in the program's state runner-up finish in 2012.
Dale will be the first Ringgold player to sign a baseball scholarship with Georgia since Josh Gandy in the mid-90's. His commitment comes a week after senior teammate Logan Baldwin signed Division I scholarship papers with Georgia Southern.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Dale will be the 17th Tiger player to sign a scholarship in the last six years. He gave his commitment to new Bulldogs' head coach Scott Stricklin, who was hired two months ago to replace long-time coach Dave Perno.
Dale is also entering his fourth season as the starting quarterback for Ringgold football.