2018 MIF/RHP Ryan Howe Commits to Purdue

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

The thing that probably excited me the most was not only how good of a baseball program they are, but also how great of a school by itself Purdue is. They are one of the best academic schools in the country, and have begun to have some really great success in their baseball program, and I believe they are just getting started.

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

Top Tier has really given me another home to grow and develop in. Ever since my first year in 15u when I was put on the American Team with Coach Zicher, then 16u with Coach Phelps, then to my 17u year on the Americans with Coach Plante, Top Tier has done everything they could to make me better. They not only guide you on how to become a better baseball player, but also to understand what it's like to be a man and to handle your business off the field. The countless memories and experiences I had with my brothers on the teams through the years are so very precious and valuable to me, and Top Tier gave me a chance to live those same memories.

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

My recruiting process was at times a little bit stressful, because mostly I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't really getting a whole lot of looks from programs that I wanted to go to until the beginning of the summer with the 17u team. Then everything went really fast and next thing I know, a good amount of Division 1 programs were reaching out to me and contacting me. I couldn't be more grateful and humble for the interest those programs showed in me, but I always knew that I wanted to go to Purdue. Once they reached out to me and took me on campus, I knew immediately I had found the right fit. The school, the coaches, the environment, everything was just outstanding.

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

I definitely wanted to go to a school that not only had a good baseball program, but also a school that I would get an outstanding education. Purdue, in my mind, was the right school for just that. Pursuing a career in engineering is my plan, and Purdue gives me the right opportunities and education to achieve that. Also, I wanted to go to a university where I could see myself making a positive impact right from the get-go. .

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

I definitely see some challenges ahead of me at Purdue. One of the main ones is beating out all of the other infielders to get a starting position in the roster. The grind only gets harder, and my eyes are set on that starting job. I know that I have to get physically and mentally stronger to start at a school in the Big Ten, but I believe if I stay on the right path, and handle my business accordingly, nothing is out of the question.

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

My number one goal is to come to Purdue and immediately make an impact. Winning the Big Ten is definitely one of the team's goals every year, and I want to be a part of that fight and hopefully come away with the title. And, obviously, getting to Omaha would be the main goal of the season. Personally, I would like to be on the Big Ten All-Academic team, as academics are very important to me. Also, being on the All-Freshman team would be really a great experience. Finally, getting drafted would be my ultimate goal, and with the experience that Coach Wasikowski has had, I believe he can help me achieve that goal.

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

I could type a 5 page essay on all the people who I would like to thank, but there are some really key people. My parents, first and foremost, I am extremely thankful for. Without them driving me around the country, spending all that money just for me to play ball, giving up their time to come and be with me and to help me achieve my goals, I wouldn't be in the same position as I am right know. My sisters, Meghan and erin, who helped me grow up and keep me on a clean path and to grow up to be a nice young man. Also, I would like to thank Mr. Munn, Mr. Bergstrom, and Mr. Haffey, who were my first travel team coaches, who helped me begin to really understand the game and what it takes to not only be a good ballplayer, but also a formidable young man. I would also like to thank Todd Fine, Griffin Phelps, Matt Plante, Duffy, Garza, and all the other Top Tier coaches who have set me up for success and taught me how to really play and understand the game at a higher level. I wouldn't be in the same place I am without those guys helping me and guiding me in the right direction. My teammates, especially Dakota Kotowski and Scott Youngbrandt, for always believing in me and keeping my head up when I got down.  Top Tier Baseball has really put me in the right position in life, and has taught me to truly expect greatness out of myself. Couldn't be more thankful enough. Love you all. 

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