2018 C Cam Redding Commits to Saint Louis

Congrats on your new commitment! What is it about Saint Louis University that excites you the most?

Thank you very much! Everything about St. Louis excites me. It is a great school which challenges me both academically and baseball wise. It is a perfect size but not overwhelming. Also, being that it is a Jesuit education, allows for a great learning experience. The campus is beautiful with really great people and it is not a huge hike from home. Finally, the facilities and coaches are great. All the boxes were checked when I visited St. Louis University which made me realize that I knew this was the place for me.
 
This past season was your first with Top Tier. Tell us about your experience over the winter training and summer seasons.

Playing for Top Tier was like no experience I have been through. Top Tier was everything a guy trying to play in college looks for. The hands on coaches push you to new limits and allow you to grow in the game. The MAX gives you a ton of resources to excel your game which is a key for any player. Top Tier also has so many connections to get college coaches in front of you at all events. The only thing I wish I could go back in my summer seasons prior to this one, was to play more years for Top Tier. 
 
Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.
  
Not going to lie but the recruiting process was a very up and down road for me and lasted a lot longer than I thought. It all started last fall after my 2016 summer when I started to receive some serious interests from some schools. With going with another guy and a firing of a coach those options didn’t work out, but I knew that I was going to end up at a place where I was meant to be. Things went dry for a little until the end of spring and the summer of 2017. In the state tournament, I got some interest from some schools. Then once I started to play for Top Tier I received many calls due to the many contacts they have and helped me get my name out there. After the season, It looked pretty clear where I was going to go but I couldn’t pass admissions at a school on the east coast. Luckily, I got a call from St. Louis University and it worked out to be the best fit for me. I couldn’t be happier to of my choice even though it was a long process.
 
 
What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?

I really wanted a place that would challenge me academically and athletically. I also wanted to be given chance to play early in my college career. St. Louis University is also near home which gives my parents and family a chance to come see me play.

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

The biggest challenge that I see before I get on campus is working my tail off to be ready for college baseball. The A-10 is a very competitive conference with great players. I want to be in the best shape of my life when I get on campus.   

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

I want to start my freshman year. That is going to require some very hard work but I want to challenge myself and set my goals very high. 

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

Yes I have so many people to thank. I first want to thank my family. Without you believing in me and pushing me on my hardest days this doesn’t happen. There is nothing that could repay them for all the sacrifices they made for me to have the chance for me to play D1 baseball. Personally, I want to thank both my parents. My dad played baseball at Iowa and has pushed me and believed in me since day one. He gave me a great platform as a kid to excel in the game and I want to thank him so much for that. My mom who always believed in me even through my struggles. Even though my mom and I bicker some times, she is my rock and helps me with all the decisions I have made. Moving on, I want to thank the Top Tier family. Going into the program I was a little nervous of being a kid from far away but Griffin Phelps and Matt Plante brought me into the family and gave me a chance. This program has done wonders to my game and couldn’t thank these people enough. I would also like to thank my high schools coaches. Mike Napoleon believed in me as a freshman and knew I could play D1 baseball. He helped me out throughout the process. Pete Drevline taught me so much more about hitting that I could every imagine. Also he is a very personable guy who I connected with in the Spring. He always told me to set my goals high because he knew I could achieve them. Scott Klipowitz is a great pitching coach who helped me with pitch calling and other aspects of my game. Finally, Justin Wells, who pushed me in all catching drills during the spring. I can’t wait to go out and compete with all these coaches and my spring teammates to go win a state championship. In continuation, I want to thank Dustin Demars. Dustin changed me as a player. He put a real head on my shoulders while fixing my swing and catching. Finally, I want to thank my grandpa, Pa. Pa has been there with me since day 1. He has taught me so much in my life and I couldn’t have asked for more from him. Overall, thank you so much for all those who helped!

 

 

 

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