2018 INF/RHP Benjamin Rosengard Commits to University of Chicago

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

What excites me most about the University of Chicago is the ability to attend one of the top academic institutions in the nation, while continuing my baseball career at the next level. The campus is set in a beautiful part of Chicago, with beautiful academic and athletic facilities that I look forward to utilizing. U of Chicago’s academic reputation is intriguing, and that mixed with baseball at the next level makes it a perfect fit for me.

You have spent multiple seasons with Top Tier. Tell us about your experience and what it means to wear the TT?

Wearing the TT is really everything. The exposure, development, and access to top coaches in the nation is what Tier is all about. Those around me have set high goals, like myself, and have pushed me to be a better baseball player on the field and a better person off the field. I have enjoyed every moment in the Top Tier program, and I look forward to continued involvement in the future to give back for all that the program has given me.

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

The recruiting process for me, in my opinion, was a lot different from others in the process. My priority was an academic fit, as someday baseball will have to end. As a result, I narrowed my search to the Ivy League schools, as well as Ivy League-type schools, such as U of Chicago, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, etc. U of Chicago and some of these other schools saw me at a Head First Showcase, and I took a couple of visits to those schools. And at the end of the day, the choice came down between U of Chicago and an Ivy League school; the reason for U of Chicago was the ability for me to be a two-way guy, and also have an opportunity to start as a freshman somewhere up the middle. I connected with the coaching staffs at both places, but in the end, I deemed U of Chicago the better academic and athletic fit for me.

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

My first priority when deciding where I wanted to commit was the academic reputation and major offerings. I have always been determined to attend one of the top academic schools in the nation, and U of Chicago certainly fits the bill. I then looked at the baseball fit and the campus fit, which included factoring in the coaching staffs, other players, facilities, location, and size. In the end, it was U of Chicago that checked off all of the boxes that I was looking for.

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

The main challenge I see prior to stepping on U of Chicago’s campus next fall is to get bigger and stronger in the weight room. That has always been the part of my game that has been lacking, and as a result, my focus will be entirely upon building up my body into the best physical baseball shape possible.

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

As a college baseball player, I have set many goals for myself. My first goal is to earn a starting job as a freshman, both up the middle and on the mound. In addition, I have goals to eventually be selected for All-Conference, and hopefully an All-American sometime as well. My goal since my childhood has been to play in the pros, so at the end of four years, my goal is to be drafted and play at the next level after this one.

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

I’d first like to thank my parents for all of the opportunities they have provided me throughout my years. All of the drives and flights across the country have been possible due to my parents, and their ongoing and everlasting support for me is what I need to thank them for. For all your support, financial assistance, and positive attitudes, I want to sincerely show my gratitude for all you have done. In addition, I would like to thank Top Tier as an organization for all you have done for me. Specifically, I’d like to thank Coach Plante for all he has done, Coach Phelps for all of his help on the pitching side, Coach Garza for the infield assistance, and Coach Worsley and Coach Lambert for putting up with me for all of last summer. My parents, Top Tier, and all of my coaches: thank you.

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