October 22 - Fairfax infielder Dylan Wilkinson committed last week to play for the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, he announced via Twitter.
A left-handed swinging shortstop, Wilkinson has also played third base for the Rebels and that could be his position with the Retrievers. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior was a first-team All-Patriot District and first-team All-Region 6C selection last spring, when he hit .403 with eight doubles and 12 RBI.
“Dylan is a grinder,” Fairfax coach Rick Freeman said. “[He] is the type of kid that is willing to do the work when nobody is watching. I’m proud of Dylan and his determination to pursue his dream of playing Division I college baseball.”
Wilkinson, who plays in the offseason with the MVP Royals National travel team, will become the Rebels’ fifth player since 2015 to move on to the Division I level, following pitchers Jason Waldman (William & Mary), Christian Leckert (James Madison), Sam Ryan (Virginia Commonwealth) and Tommy Bradley (George Mason).
At UMBC, he will join a program that went 22-29 overall and 12-11 in the America East Conference last season under coach Bob Mumma. Wilkinson becomes the third infielder in the Retrievers’ Class of 2019 recruiting class, joining Justin Ceasar from Archbishop Spalding (MD) and Michael Cilio from Mendham (N.J.). He’ll compete for playing time in an infield that will include Blaze O’Saben, a graduate of Fauquier and member of our 2018 NOVA Nine Team.
Other local players at UMBC include sophomore right-handers Trey Shepard (C.D Hylton) and Cameron Taylor (Heritage), and freshman catcher Reese Varley (Battlefield).
“Dylan is a great example of determination and commitment,” Freeman said. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”
Photo of Dylan Wilkinson courtesy of the MVP Royals National travel team