2018 MIF Noah Berghammer Commits to Minnesota

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

I am most to be apart of the baseball tradition that Minnesota has to offer. They are an incredibly successful program, with coaches who know what it takes to win. I'm just ecstatic to get on campus and make an impact immediately.

You have spent most of your youth and all of your high school career with Top Tier. Tell us about your experience.

My experience with Top Tier has been absolutely unforgettable. From 14 U until now on the 17 Americans, the relationships I've made, and the memories I've made, will last a lifetime. There is not a program in the country with better coaches. There is not a program in the country who develops their players more. Lastly, there is not a program in the country with as much success as Top Tier has had over the years. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have played for this amazing organization surrounded by some of the best people I have ever met. Tier family is an understatement.

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

My recruiting process was overall a lot of fun. I didn't really know what to expect coming in, but over the course of time things can get a little up and down. For me, I tried not to ever stress about it because I was blessed enough to even be heavily recruited by Division 1 programs. I had some early sniffs from some schools during my sophomore year, but things really picked up for me after the PBR Futures Games in Indianaplois. Not until this winter did I come into contact with The University of Minnesota, though. I went to a camp of theirs during Febuary and fell in love with the campus, the coaching staff, the facilities, and the baseball atmosphere as a whole. I knew it was the place for me!

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

Some of the priorities on my checklist when looking at a school was good academics, a place where I could come in and make an impact right away, a strong relationship with the coaching staff, a historic baseball tradition, and a campus that I could see myself going to for 4 years if I got hurt the first day of fall camp and could never play baseball again.

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

When you commit to the program of your choice, a weight is lifted in a sense, but it really just means that the grind gets harder. Some challenges will definitely be continuing to get faster and stronger throughout the next year in a half, but also to study the game more and become as educated as I possibly can in the game of baseball. When I get there I want to contribute to the team immediately, the only way to do that, is to be physically and mentally ready.

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

First and foremost, I want to start as a freshman so that I can contribute right away in winning ball games. As a team I want to play a part in winning the Big 10 every year. I want to play a part in making it to a Regional every year I'm there as well. Lastly, I want to make it to Omaha. I've also set high goals individually as well, such as; Big 10 All- freshman team, Freshman All-American, 1st team All- Conference every year I'm there, and most of all I want to get drafted. Minnesota has a great history of getting people to the highest level and I want to be apart of that history after my time there is done.

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

I would like to give a thanks to my parents first and foremost for allowing me to get into a program like Top Tier and taking me to all of my tournaments over the years. I wouldn't be where I am today without them. Big shout-out to my trainer Brad Fitzke for making me faster and stronger and allowing me to change my body so that I can compete at the high level that I do. I'd also like to thank Matt Zicher for getting me into this amazing program that I've called home for the past 4 years. And to Griffin Phelps, Seth Kenny, Matt Plante, Jorge Garza, Scootch, Todd Fine and everyone else on the staff who has made me not only a better baseball player, but a better man as well. Also a huge shout-out to all of my Teammates I've had over the years; you guys are some of my best friends and I'll never forget the memories I've had with y'all.

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