Jan. 24, 2014
Leading into the 2014 season, we will be posting Q&A’s with our four freshmen on rolltide.com. This week, we’re chatting with Peyton Grantham, an infielder from Daphne, Ala.
How did you get your start playing softball?
“I played baseball until I was 13-years-old. At that point, I decided to switch to softball and see if I could take that to the next level. I also played basketball and volleyball in middle school.”
Was softball always your favorite sport to play?
“I was raised in a baseball and softball family so I knew softball was ultimately where I wanted to go. My brother Braxton played baseball at Alabama Southern and my dad played baseball in high school.”
When did you realize that playing at the collegiate level was a real possibility?
“It was probably about the eighth grade when I started going to exposure tournaments. My first one was when [Patrick] Murphy saw me and he talked to one of my coaches. At that point I realized that I might be able to go somewhere like Alabama.”
Where you interested in any other schools besides Alabama?
“There weren’t really any other ones I was seriously looking at since I was recruited so early. I was looking at Mississippi State, South Alabama, Missouri and Florida a little bit. I only took one other official visit besides Alabama.”
What were your first impressions of the University of Alabama and the softball program?
“I just knew I wanted to be here. At a lot of places, they really try and sell you on the school and what they have and they pretend everything is perfect. Here at Alabama, it was like ‘what you see is what you get’ and I knew that was where I wanted to be. I didn’t want to be somewhere that seemed fake.”
When did you decide to commit?
“I came on two unofficial visits after that and I came back to campus after a tournament heading into my sophomore year. Coach Murphy gave me an offer and I committed right away. My mom had tears of joy when I told her and my dad was very excited.”
What do you think gives you an edge as a player in the SEC?
“My competitiveness and my will to win. I guess I must have some other skills too or else I wouldn’t be here!”
What was it like adjusting to college softball this past fall?
“It was different, even though we weren’t playing SEC-caliber teams. It’s a lot more fast-paced. The great thing is that the whole team is behind you no matter what. The camaraderie is a lot different than what I was used to.”
What are some of your goals for the 2014 season?
“I think all of us want to be an All-American if possible. I definitely want to make the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Our team goal is to win the SEC and the national championship.”
Outside of your family, who was your biggest inspiration during your softball career?
“My high school coach, Lawrence Yelding. He was the one that really got me into softball. He came up to me once during my sixth or seventh-grade year and told me I needed to play. At first I said no but he chased me around until I finally said OK. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here.”
So far, what has been your favorite thing about Alabama softball?
“It has definitely been the camaraderie with my teammates.”
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