Illinois Valley Central senior Mitch Meyer signed to play baseball with Muscatine College Jan. 29 at the high school.
"I just hope to play good, play hard and work hard," Meyer said.
IVC head coach Jerry Rashid said he is excited for Meyer to sign on for the next part of his baseball and school career.
"We're happy that he's signed to go to school," Rashid said. "He's done a great job for us. He's one of the better hitters in our area, and he continues to get bigger and stronger and I think they are going to get a fine ballplayer from IVC and a good, talented young man."
Meyer, who plans on majoring in criminal justice, said the atmosphere of the school, mixed with the experience of the coaches, helped influence his decision.
"When I visited there it seemed like a great fit," Meyer said. "The coaches were great and the campus was nice. The dorm rooms are bigger than what I expected too, which is nice."
Stan Hunt, who will coach Meyer as a Cardinal, said he expects big things out of Meyer.
"We are just excited to have Mitch and think he will help our program out quite a bit," Hunt said. "We're really looking forward to him joining our program."
While college ball is different from high school, Meyer said his years as a Ghost have prepared him for the next stage.
"My time at IVC has been good," Meyer said. "Coach Rashid has been great and moved me up so I've learned more stuff than people behind me."
Even though Meyer has one more year with IVC, a season in which he said he hopes to help the Ghosts win a State championship, Hunt said he feels Meyer will be contributing to the Cardinals before too long.
"We think he can come in and hit," Hunt said. "He can hit the ball. I've seen him play in a couple tournament games over the summer at third base, and we think he can come in and compete for a spot. I think he'll have a pretty successful year and career there."