Signee Update: Bryn Renner

With four games remaining in the regular season, Springfield (Va.) West's baseball team, which is anchored by North Carolina football signee Bryn Renner, is poised for a state title run.

"We're undefeated in Virginia and we're probably the best team in the state," Renner said.

West Springfield is 12-4, but all four loses occurred during a preseason tournament in Florida.

Renner, who quarterbacked West Springfield's football team to an 8-4 finish, is batting over .500 with two home runs and nine doubles. He is playing both centerfield and short stop, while batting second.

Renner's baseball statistics are slightly skewed. Recovering from minor shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm, up until a month ago he has played sporadically.

"I was taking it slow and making sure everything is ok," Renner said. "I didn't want to risk anything before I came down [to UNC]. So I made sure everything was alright [before playing fulltime]."

After the regular season concludes, West Springfield will enter the district tournament, followed by the regional tournament, and ending in the state championship series.

During his limited free time, Renner has followed the workout regimen sent to him by Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach.

"I've been working really hard lifting weights after practice as much as I can," Renner said. "After baseball season, I'm going full speed ahead and trying to get all the workouts in."

Since Signing Day, Renner has been in regular contact with John Shoop, UNC's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, and Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"I've just been seeing how spring ball is going," Renner said. "It's basically the way as it was when they recruited me. [We're] just talking about when I get down there."

With two-year starter T.J. Yates, sophomore Mike Paulus, and red-shirt freshman Braden Hanson on the roster this fall, it's easy to assume that Renner, who will arrive on campus on June 16, will red-shirt this fall. However, he says he hasn't been told one way or another.

"I'm going to do whatever they tell me when I get down there," Renner said. "I'm just really excited to get down there and be on the campus and enjoy the whole college experience. I'm really just ready to work hard and go to work."

Renner says he's academically qualified.

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