Punahou shortstop Beau Branton has orally committed to Stanford.
“I found out that I was officially admitted today,” Branton said on Thursday morning. “I feel pretty awesome. It’s one of the best feelings ever.”
There was interest from other schools, but Branton narrowed his choices to Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth.
“Stanford is a place with the highest standards for academics and athletics. It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Branton, who played with the Utah Bucks during the summer.
“We played pretty much every day against teams from all over the West Coast, and we played in some tournaments,” he said.
Branton went to Stanford’s summer camp last year. When he returned this summer, the Cardinal made him an offer. First, however, he had to qualify and be admitted.
Now a senior, Branton had a standout season as a sophomore. He hit .397 with a .552 slugging percentage and was third in the ILH with 18 runs scored. He was an All-State honorable-mention selection.
Branton is the third Buffanblu player to commit to a university this offseason. Catcher K.J. Harrison, son of coach Kenny Harrison, committed to Oregon State. Pitcher Dylan Combs committed to Harvard.