2020 C Colin Summerhill Commits to Ohio

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

When I visited I fell in love with the campus. Then when I played and spoke to the coaches and they said my future there is up to me, including hopefully contributing as a freshman. All of my family is from Ohio, and playing in the state of Ohio means a lot to me personally.

You have been playing with Top Tier since you were 12 years old. Tell us about your experience and what it means to wear the TT’s.

I have had an unbelievable experience with Top Tier. Wearing the TT across my chest is a big honor and a big target. It forces you to play up to your potential because every game you know that the opponent knows who you are and it will be their World Series to beat you. I have played for my dad and for Top Tier since I was 5 year old. That’s it. Top Tier is the baseball I know and I am proud to be a part of such a great tradition. I will do all I can to live up to it.   

Share one of your favorite Top Tier memories.

There are so many it is hard to pick out one or even a few. Every year there is a new memory. 12u we were the dream team, absolutely loaded. 13u was with Coach Blaise and Coach Chris saying “hey nah heat stroke” at Glenview because it was so hot. 14u was Coach Seth and his daily interactions with Lock and Rohan. 15u was the season of the units with Coach Sallee. 16u was was Doby taking me from behind the plate, sending me to the bullpen and then putting me on the mound in the same inning in Georgia. 17u was the movie nights in the hotel rooms and catching Mahoney’s perfect game. Oh yeah, and having an umpire toss me from the 12u championship game at Glenview and a 14u game in Bloomington.  

Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down. 
 
It was very stressful. I was not one of the big “5 star guys.” I view myself as a grinder. So I had to play well to get attention. But, I found the right school and looking back I enjoyed the experience.  

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

The size of the campus. By that I mean big, but not too big. Also, the location; as I said, Ohio was important to me.  Academics are important as well, of course.  

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

I want to stay healthy and enjoy these last few months at home. Enjoy them and not take them for granted.  

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

Help the team win a conference championship and get to a regional. Hopefully compete for playing time as a freshman, and at some point in my four years earn all-conference and All-America.  

If you could give one piece of advice to all of the younger players coming up, what would it be?

Don’t get discouraged. I wasn’t on the Americans at 15 and 16, but here I am. Cherish all the moments in high school because they go by quick. Your teammates are friends that you will have for the rest of your life. Playing for Top Tier are some of the best times you will ever have in your life. 

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

I want to thank Coach Plante, Coach Bridich of Loyola Academy, Coach Blaise, Coach Seth, Coach Navarro, Coach Sallee, Coach Doby, Jesse Forestell, my dad and my brother.  

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