Scotty McCreery's sound and reach matures on third album while 'Idol' champ pursues college degree.

Avid baseball fan Scotty McCreery stands on the mound for his own double-header. In addition to hitting the promotional and touring circuits for new studio album "See You Tonight" (Oct. 15), the singer is concurrently enrolled at North Carolina State University pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications.

"The plan wasn't to pursue a music career at 17," McCreery says in the sonorous voice that clinched the "American Idol" crown in 2010. "I would have done that down the road after college."

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