2018 RHP Sammy Butera Commits to Saint Louis

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

The thing that truly excites me the most is being able to continue not only my academic career but my athletic as well. As a school they truly met all the things I was looking for in regards of education and athletics. Both the John Cook School of Business and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine are very well regarded and will provide me with the opportunities needed no matter which path I choose to go down.
You have been with Top Tier for a couple of years now. Talk a little bit about your experience and what playing for Top Tier means to you.

I haven’t been apart of the Top Tier family that long but the amount of memories and friends that I have made will last a lifetime. I have been involved in the program for two years now and their program has taught me not only to respect the game but how the game can help me become a better person. I think that's the greatest thing about this program it’s more than just a game to all the coaches there; it's a lifestyle.  

Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.
My experience with the whole recruiting process was short and honestly fast. Saint Louis first reached out through emails and then I received some phone calls from their head coach. Once receiving those calls we set up a time to visit the campus and a couple weeks later I committed to their program.

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

First and foremost, I wanted to attend a school where I could receive a dependable education. Unfortunately the game is taken away from all of us and when it's taken away from me I want to have an education that I can rely on. Another factor for me having an early start to my college career in a program that is competitive and successful program.  
What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

The biggest challenge I see for myself is becoming more physical. Which means getting into the weight room and on a college lifting program to get bigger and stronger.

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

My biggest goal is to play as much as I can, I want to go into the season being a player that the players and coaches can count on.

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

There are so many people that have helped me become the player I am today. Most importantly my family they have been by my side the whole way and have pushed me to become the best that I can be. They have dedicated an unbelievable amount of time, money, and effort into me and I’m forever grateful. In addition I would like the thank the whole Top Tier organization, specifically I would like the thank Griffin Phelps, Matt Plante, and Tony Gragnani. You guys truly put the team and players before yourself and this program wouldn't be what it is without you as coaches. Lastly, I would like to thank coach Gary Gustafson for also teaching me more about the game but as well as making my high school experience as enjoyable as possible and filled with many memories.  


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