For Nick Browne, a junior outfielder at Bishop Eustace, the University of Maryland was the best of three worlds: a big-time baseball program that is a managable distance from home with some familiar faces on the roster.
On Monday night, Browne, who leads South Jersey in home runs with nine, committed to Maryland on a baseball scholarship.
Browne also seriously considered Duke, Lafayette, and Penn.
"I wasn't stressing about it, but it was tough making a decision," Browne said. "They're all great schools.
"It came down to the best decision for me. Maryland is an easy drive for my brother and mother to come down and see me play, and they have a great business school and that's something that I'm very interested in."