Aubrey shortstop Jaxon Holder throws to first base against Melissa on April 16 in Aubrey. Holder, who will be a junior in the fall, committed this week to play for Dallas Baptist.

Jaxon Holder knew he was in no rush to make his college commitment.

After earning District 11-4A co-defensive MVP honors as a sophomore this spring, Aubrey’s shortstop still had half of his high school career ahead of him. Then he got an offer he couldn’t pass up.

Dallas Baptist wanted him and Holder was sold, announcing his commitment to the Patriots on Twitter on Tuesday night.

“I wasn’t going to commit somewhere just to have the weight lifted off, but when an offer came through from Dallas Baptist, right away I was like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to do that,’” Holder said. “I built a relationship with their coach over the past year. We got to know each other and he got to know me as a player. He came to watch me a couple of times. I recently went down to a camp, took a look at the fields, facilities and campus and fell in love right away.”

For Holder, the commitment was the realization of a dream he has held since he was a young boy.

“You watch the guys on TV and you want to be one of them one day,” Holder said. “It’s a huge accomplishment, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that.”

Holder anchored the middle of the Chaparrals’ infield in 2019, batting .404 with 27 RBIs. His performance helped Aubrey make a run to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs before falling to Sunnyvale.

While his career at DBU is still more than two years away, Holder said he knows the pressure that comes with being a Division I commit. He has aspirations of playing in the major leagues, but for now he’s focused on helping Aubrey win as many games as possible.

“There’s going to be pressure and people that say, ‘Oh, this kid is committed — he must be good.’ I could go 0-for-3, but at the end of the day, the coaches at DBU have faith in me and know how I play,” Holder said. “I’ve tried to say thank you to as many people as possible. There have been so many people over the course of my life that have helped make me the player I am.”

REECE WADDELL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @ReeceWaddell15.

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