2019 C Will Wirt Commits to Truman State University

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

Truman State is a very good academic school that will challenge me with high level classes to choose from. Truman also is known for its professors as they are very helpful and engaging with their students based on reviews. They also have good business and accounting programs that I am interested in taking.
You joined Top Tier this past fall. Tell us why you made the switch and what it means to wear the TT’s.

There are a couple main reasons to why I joined Top Tier this past fall. One of which being the ability to play at a high level against the best competition in the area. Another reason is that I wanted a program that would push me to become a better person and player on and off the baseball field. I truly believe that wearing the TT’s is a privilege and an opportunity to compete at a very high level with a lot of great guys who treat each other like family and all love the game of baseball. 
Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down. 

I started getting recruited by a lot of other schools at the end of my Junior year. At the middle of my senior year I started getting recruited by Truman State. I researched some schools that were bigger and found Truman among some others in the GLVC. I had a lot of long conversations with the head coach via email. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to head down and practice with the team before my high school season got started and that is where I made a good impression of myself upon the coach. What I recommend to every player having the opportunity to get recruited is to take the time to express your interest in the school to whoever you are talking to and make sure it’s the right fit for you athletically and academically. 
What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?
One of the main priorities I wanted was a bigger school. I also wanted it to be a good academic fit with harder courses to push me. I felt that Truman provided a lot of good facilities and nice dorms as well. As far as athletics go, I wanted a baseball program that competed  at a high level. Truman plays in the GLVC against very good competition like Lewis, University of Illinois-Springfield, Grand Valley State, and Ohio Dominican University. I believe that having a good head coach can do a lot of great things for a program. I looked for this in Truman and found it in Coach Dan Davis who is currently the head coach of Truman. Lucky for me I think Truman fit a lot of my needs both academically and athletically.
What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?
Some of the things I need to prepare for before getting on campus will be having to deal with being 6 hours away from my family as they are very close with me and support me. I also will have to become very independent and keep on track of my studies when I am very busy with baseball during the season. As long as I stay organized, hard working, and committed I believe I will be successful. 
What are some of the goals you have set for yourself as a college baseball player?
Some of the main goals I have set for myself as a college baseball player is to go in with a competitive mentality to become a leader and try to compete for a roster spot my freshman year. I like to always remind myself that there is always someone out there outworking me. I believe this motto pushes me to do more at the plate and behind the dish. 

Is there anybody you would like to give a shout-out or thanks to?
I’d like to give a shout-out to all the coaches at Top Tier, especially coaches Griffin Phelps and Matt Plante for helping me in the fall and off-season with my skills as a player and with helping me find my school. Being able to play with Top Tier gave me a lot of experience with playing at a high level with top notch players and teams. Top Tier is like a family to me and I will always wear the TT’s with an attitude to win the day. 

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