John Magliozzi's decision to honor his commitment to the University of Florida was not a difficult one.
The Milton resident and recent Dexter Academy graduate was drafted in the 35th round by the Tampa Bay Rays and was looking to sign for a bonus "in the $1 million range." The Rays never came close, though, and the standout righthanded pitcher's decision was made for him.
"[The Rays] said they couldn't go there," Magliozzi said. "I had a certain number that my family and I were dealing with. We knew they weren't going to get there and so we said 'That's fine,' and decided to go to school."
At 5-foot-10, Magliozzi has a fastball that hovers in the low 90-mph range and he hit 97 miles per hour at the Aflac All-American Baseball Classic last summer. He was named a Louisville Slugger Preseason First Team All-American before his senior season at Dexter.
Magliozzi had a feeling he would be enrolling at Florida as soon as negotiations with the Rays began. According to him, the Rays never offered anything outside of the "$100,000 range."
He recently returned to Milton after spending six weeks in Gainesville, Fla. where he took two classes and worked out five days a week with Gators strength coach Paul Chandler. He'll return to campus on Thursday to be ready for classes which begin on Aug. 23.
"I can't wait," Magliozzi said. "I really wanna have the opportunity to win an SEC Championship and a National Championship."
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