GLEN ROSE – As head baseball coach James Evans put it, Drayton Williams signed “his life way to continue his baseball career at the next level” on Wednesday afternoon inside the library at Glen Rose High School. It is safe to say that his pop-time from behind the plate is not near as fast as his signature on the dotted line.

A 2015 11-3A All-District Honorable Mention, Under Armour All-American and the 39th ranked catcher in Texas, according to Perfect Game, Williams signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Texas at Dallas and will continue his playing career under head coach Shane Shewmake. Once on campus in the fall, Williams said he plans to major in psychology.

“It is a really nice school academically and I have always wanted to live in the city, plus they have a really good psychology program,” said Williams of his decision to sign with UT-Dallas. “The coaches also seemed like really down-to-earth guys.”

Serving as the backstop for the 2015 Area Champion Tigers, Williams credited Evans’ arrival with being part of his fondest memory to date, but has plans to better himself – and in turn the team – this season.

“Coach Evans coming over here was huge,” Williams said, “and last year’s playoff run and group of guys was a great memory, too. My goal for right now is just to improve as a team and improve as a team leader. I really want to better myself to help carry the team further this year.”

Williams and the rest of the Tigers’ baseball team will look to continue working towards the regular season when they return to the field on Feb. 12 at home against Celina in their second scrimmage of the season. The regular season will kickoff with a double-header against Blooming Grove at home on Feb. 26.