2017 3B Ian Wilson Commits to Oglethorpe University

1. Congrats on your new commitment! What is it about Oglethorpe University that excites you the most?

 Oglethorpe University offers a great liberal arts education with a strong business program. Along with getting a great education I will have the opportunity to play baseball in a very competitive conference, the Southern Athletic Association.

2. You have been with Top Tier for a couple of seasons now. What made you choose this program and how has it helped with you reaching your goals of playing at the collegiate level? 

  I chose to tryout for Top Tier after my freshman year because I knew of their success and commitment to developing players for the next level. Top Tier provided me with a very strong platform to develop my game. The off-season training program and accessibility to great coaching are second to none and I believe that they helped me to get to where I wanted to go. 

3. Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.

  I went to the Headfirst Honor Roll Camp in Long Island and from that a number of coaches got in touch with me. From that point, I picked out a few schools that had a good balance between academics and baseball and went on visits after staying in contact with the coaches. The visits gave me the opportunity to check out a class, meet some players, and sit down and talk with the coaches. After the visits, I knew Oglethorpe would be the best all around fit for me. 

4. What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where to commit? 

  For me, I really wanted to go to a school that had strong academics and good internship opportunities. Along with that I wanted to play baseball for a coach that I felt a great connection with. After talking extensively with Coach Giordano, Shepherd, and Kulick at Oglethorpe University I felt that connection.

5. What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

  I think it will be a good challenge to get myself in shape to play college baseball while balancing my academic work. I look forward to this spring and then the summer to get myself ready for the fall season.

6. What are some of the goals you have set for yourself as a college baseball player?

  I want to come in my freshman year and work to earn a spot in the starting lineup. From there the goal is to help the team compete for a conference championship and work to get Oglethorpe University in the top 25.

7. Is there anybody you would like to give a shout-out or thanks to?

  I want to thank my family for supporting me through the long winters and summers of baseball. I also want to thank my high school coach, Steve Shapiro, for always being there to work with me and help throughout the recruiting process. And to the coaches at Top Tier, for giving me the platform I needed to take my game to the next level.

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