East player headed to IU

Julian Greenwell made a prominent decision Tuesday, as if this wasn’t already a big enough week for him.

Friday night, Greenwell will start at safety for Class 5A No. 1 Columbus East when it hosts crosstown rival Columbus North in football. But the junior’s future is in baseball, and he made a verbal commitment to play at Indiana University beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

“It’s always been a dream school of mine, and I’ve always grown up in an IU family,” Greenwell said. “I went on a visit, and the campus was beautiful, and it’s close to home. It’s always been my dream school.”

This spring, Greenwell went 6-1 with an 0.71 ERA and had 68 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. He also led the Olympians with a .411 batting average, three home runs and 18 RBIs.

Greenwell said he was recruited as both a pitcher and hitter, but that the Hoosiers were more interested in him as a pitcher. He also likely could have been a college football player.

“I’ve always known I wanted to play baseball,” Greenwell said. “In my opinion, I’ve always been better at baseball, and I know I’d be able to play baseball longer than I’d be able to play football. My dad has had me throwing a ball around since I was as young as I could remember.”

Greenwell wants to go into something in the medical field and feels IU has a great medical program.

The commitment to the Hoosiers is the third from Columbus in a little more than two months. Columbus North junior pitcher Parker Maddox and sophomore pitcher-first baseman Casper Clark committed to IU in late June.

“Those two definitely played a role in my commitment,” Greenwell said. “Three guys from the same town going to the same college, it seemed like it would be a great experience.”

Greenwell is ready for another big experience on Friday night. He intercepted a pass and recorded four tackles in last week’s season-opening 42-17 win at Bloomington South.

He and his East teammates will be looking to avenge a loss to the Bull Dogs last season.

“North-East week is always my favorite week of the year,” Greenwell said. “I love how everyone in the town has made it the big rivalry that it is and a championship environment. It really just makes it feel like a championship game.”

Julian Greenwell

Name: Julian Greenwell

School: Columbus East

Year: Junior

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 200

Sports: Baseball, football

College choice: Indiana University for baseball

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.