2019 OF Broghan O'Connor Commits to Wash U

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

Washington University at St. Louis (Wash U) excites me in many ways. It is an outstanding academic institution that can open up countless doors for me in the future. The coaching staff is very invested and seems to have its players’ best interests always in mind. Also, the facilities are top notch and my future teammates are hard-working guys on and off the field.
You have been with Top Tier your entire high school career. Tell us about your experiences and what it means to wear the TT’s.

Top Tier has truly helped me to grow as both a person and a ball player. I came to Top Tier not fully understanding just how much talent there is outside of my own town. It opened my eyes to how competitive and talented the rest of the country is. Top Tier also challenged me with a way to get better so I felt comfortable facing elite competition. My coaches helped me in every way possible.

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

My recruiting process was not a normal one, I had virtually no exposure until I played on the 16U Americans. It seemed like there was always at least two or three schools at every game I played that summer. However, the summer before my senior year I was unable to play because I had torn my ACL and had to miss the season. I did some camps at the tail end of summer and played fall ball with Top Tier. Griffin Phelps and Matt Plante talked to several colleges on my behalf and worked hard to give me helpful advice as I considered my options.
What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?

Ultimately, I chose Wash U because I felt it was the best for me academically. I chose the best educational path that offered me the opportunity to play competitive baseball. Having had two major injuries during my high school career, I know how fast things can change; so having a solid back up plan in life is very important to me.
What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

The challenges I see ahead of myself before getting to campus will include preparing myself for the academic load that I will encounter. Also, I need to prepare myself for this major change in life when I leave my home, family, and friends. I will be out of my comfort zone and will have to meet new people and make new friends. I gain confidence in knowing that I did a similar thing coming to Top Tier. It was a new environment that I was able to quickly make into a home-like atmosphere.

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

My goals as a college baseball player are to contribute to my team as soon as possible and help them win as many games as I can. I want to play in an elite summer collegiate league to help my exposure for the draft which is my ultimate goal. Getting drafted and playing for the Major Leagues would be a dream come true, and I will work tirelessly to achieve it.

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

I would like to give a special shout-out to my family, especially my parents for giving me all the opportunities they have. In addition, all of the coaches and staff at Top Tier, especially Todd Fine, Griffin Phelps, Matt Plante, Jorge Garza, and Seth Kenny. I appreciate and thank Tom Outsen, my hitting coach I’ve had since I was five. All coaches and staff from my high school, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, and any other coach who has helped me along the way in Little League, All Stars, and travel baseball and basketball teams.

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