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Rise Above: Keyvius Sampson

Updated: June 5, 2009, 1:59 PM ET
By Jon Mahoney / photo by Riku + Anna

s I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil because God is with me. Rest in Peace, Mom. 4-5-07.

The words underneath the brim of Keyvius Sampson's baseball cap remind him how far he's come. Thankfully, the 6-foot-1, 187-pound senior right-handed pitcher/outfielder at Forest (Ocala, Fla.) can now focus on just baseball, and it's working out pretty well for him. Keyvius has signed with Florida State but is also a potential early-round pick in June's MLB Draft.

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