2020 RHP Ryan Manikowski Commits to Creighton

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

Meeting all of my future teammates will be very exciting to me. It’s always fun to build great friendships with people, so getting to know the people I will be spending the majority of my time with will be awesome. Also, Creighton is prestigious in the academic field, so getting an excellent degree along with an unbelievable baseball experience is something I am really looking forward to.

You have been with Top Tier for one season. Talk about your experiences, what it was like making the switch, and what it means to wear the TT.

This season was eye-opening to me. The way TT runs their practices feels next level. Everything was done for a purpose, and it made me a lot better. Being able to wear TT is not only an accomplishment, it brings reputation as well. Top Tier is one of the best organizations out there and helps shape many good players to great ones.

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

Before coming to TT, I did not have any colleges interested in me. After only a couple of innings down at Vanderbilt, things started to really pick up. My coach, Griffin Phelps, did a tremendous job helping me build good relationships with college coaches. I wish I could say this process was not stressful, but in reality, was one of the most stressful decisions I had ever made.

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

Of course, when looking at a college for baseball, I wanted to choose one who competes at a high level, but also has a very good academic system. My baseball career will not last forever, but a degree will help me later on. Also, I currently attend Providence Catholic, which is a smaller high school. When looking at other colleges, the thought of going from a smaller school to a very big university did not seem as appealing. To me, Creighton was the perfect fit.

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

Although I’m relieved that the recruiting process is over, the downside of committing so early is the wait. I still have another 20+ months before I can officially start my college career, which I hope will go by as fast as possible.

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

As a pitcher, I could go on and on about statistics I would like to set for myself, but to put things in simple terms, being a weekend starter has always been a dream of mine. Another goal would be to pitch in the College World Series.

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

My parents, who have put in countless hours helping me get to where I am today as an athlete and person. Without them, none of this would be possible. Also, my coaches Tim Byrdak and Mark Smith. They gave me the opportunity to pitch at the varsity level last year and have helped me tremendously with every aspect in my game. Finally, Top Tier has really helped me in this journey and they have given me this surreal opportunity.


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