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Gavin Degnan's long wait to find a college home is finally over, although he will be waiting an extra year to join his eventual new team.

The Donovan Catholic graduate announced Tuesday he has committed to play college baseball at the University of Pennsylvania and has reclassified from the Class of 2023 to the Class of 2024.

Degnan is coming off his second consecutive season as a First-Team All-Shore selection by Shore Sports Network. During his 2023 campaign, the Griffins centerfielder hit .481 with a .589 on-base percentage, .914 slugging percentage, eight home runs, seven doubles, two triples, 38 runs scored and 26 RBI in 81 at-bats and also added a Shore-Conference-leading 35 stolen bases.

Degnan capped his final high school season by showing out in the Carpenter Cup in Philadelphia, where he went 5-for-10 with two doubles, a triple a home run and five RBI in four games to help the Jersey Shore squad claim its sixth Carpenter Cup title. His Carpenter Cup home run was an opposite-field blast over the right-field wall at Citizens Bank Park -- the home of the Phillies.

While he is reclassifying his graduation year to align with Penn's roster needs, Degnan's high-school eligibility has ended. According to Donovan Catholic head coach Corey Hamman, Degnan is considering several junior college options for this spring before he heads to Penn ahead of the 2024-25 school year.

Before his announcement on Tuesday, Degnan was the highest-profile player from the 2023 class without a college landing spot. He held Division II and III offers throughout the past two springs and drew Division I interest during his senior year before receiving solid Division I offers finally came at the end of his brilliant senior season playing for Donovan Catholic.

Degnan was in advanced discussions with Rider University about potentially joining the Broncs next season, but ultimately chose the Ivy League education at Penn.

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