The Reynoldsburg High School baseball program is sending another player to a Division I college program.

The Reynoldsburg High School baseball program is sending another player to a Division I college program.

On Nov. 16, senior shortstop/pitcher Weston Weiss signed to play for Youngstown State University, becoming the eighth Raiders player to sign with a Division I program since 2003.

"They have great coaches, play on a minor league field (Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Cleveland Indians' Class A affiliate) and play good competition," Weiss said. "I went to a camp up there in December of my sophomore year and they offered me a week later and I gave them a verbal commitment, so I've known I like them for a long time. It feels good to be aboard."

Weiss has been a starter in the Reynoldsburg infield since the first game of his freshman season. Last year, he was first-team OCC-Ohio Division and second-team all-district in Division I, batting .455 with a .687 slugging percentage and a .544 on-base average.

Weiss led the Raiders with 14 doubles, was second on the team with 45 hits and third on the team with 33 RBI.

Weiss also went 5-5 as a pitcher with 40 strikeouts.

"Everybody is thrilled for him and it's a huge moment for him. He's going to do well there," Raiders coach Rob Gravatt said. "He loves playing the game and he's great to coach."

Youngstown State finished 22-34 overall last season and went 9-17 (sixth) in the Horizon League. The Penguins' coach, Rich Pasquale, is entering his fourth season at YSU.

Weiss said the YSU coaches see him as a shortstop or second baseman and probably as the No. 2 hitter in the batting order.

"He's a very aggressive hitter, he puts the bat on the ball and loves to hit. He's hit close to or over .400 all three years here," Gravatt said. "Defensively, he has great range and reaction to the ball."

Weiss said he's interested in studying criminal justice in college and possibly becoming a police officer.

With his college choice and letter signing out of the way, he now can focus on his senior season. He said the entire Reynoldsburg team is looking forward to the 2011 season.

The Raiders are expecting to return eight seniors and two other regulars from last season, when they finished 19-11, losing to Upper Arlington 12-5 in a district final.

"We have a chance to go far next year," Weiss said. "The Upper Arlington game will drive us to go farther than we did last year. That last game disappointed us and will bring out the fire in us. I can't wait."