CJ Hinojosa to join Texas early

Klein Collins' (Spring, Texas) CJ Hinojosa intends to leave school early and enroll at Texas in January. Scott Kurtz/ESPNHS

For a second time this month one of the nation's best high school players has decided to finish high school early to enroll in college ahead of schedule. Klein Collins' (Spring, Texas) shortstop CJ Hinojosa follows Chris Harvey (going to Vanderbilt) in leaving school early to play college ball next Spring.

This is according to Hinojosa's twitter account and Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game.

Hinojosa played in the 2010 and 2011 Area Code Baseball Games for the Texas Rangers. At the games and the tryouts he impressed with his glove and bat. In the 2011 games he was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Day. In an earlier story on AreaCodeBaseball.com, Hinojosa talked about the importance of college and getting a degree.

“It’s a life-changing decision, but right now I’m focused on school and being successful outside of baseball like my mom wants me to be. Nowadays, you have to have a college degree to be successful,” said Hinojosa earlier this month. He carries a 3.75 GPA and plans on studying kinesiology or business.

His plan is to join the Longhorns in January, after he finishes up his high school courses.