2021 MIF Jaylon Nauden Commits to Butler

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

What excites me the most about Butler is attending a reputable school, both in academics and athletics, and being able to play Division 1 baseball and competing in the Big East.

You started playing with Top Tier last year. Tell us about your experience and what it means to wear the TT’s.

My experience with Top Tier has been good.  Although I was very disappointed last season after not being placed on the top team, instead of complaining, I asked Coach Plante and Coach Griff what they felt I needed to improve, and I incorporated their feedback and elevated my game. As a result, I obtained multiple Division 1 offers.  

Share one of your favorite Top Tier memories.

One of my favorite memories was during a game in Tennessee, Coach Griff pulled me aside and spoke to me about displaying more energy on the field. Although it was over 90 degrees that day, I realized the importance of bringing fire and aggression to every game, despite the circumstances. Since then, I changed my approach to the game. 

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

The recruiting process was challenging. I started to worry after not having any offers after the summer of my Sophomore year. Coaches were reaching out, but some kept in touch and others didn’t; so that was a bit discouraging. However, during the fall season things picked up tremendously. I received invites for visits and camps and then finally, offers started coming in. During my visit with Butler, they presented an offer and after talking it over with my parents, I committed a few weeks later.

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

I wanted a reputable school with solid programs that aligned to my major. I also wanted a school that was not just looking to offer me a spot on their roster, but an opportunity to earn a spot on the field my freshman year. I also wanted a school within a reasonable distance from home. Butler checked all the boxes.  

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

First, I must remain focused, both academically and athletically. I must continue to perfect time management and organizational skills to be able to effectively balance school and sports at the collegiate level. Lastly, but equally important, it is imperative that I continue to develop my craft in preparation for college baseball.  

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

Some of my goals include obtaining a starting spot freshman year, making/remaining on the Dean’s List all four years, being an impact player and leader on and off the field and being a Big East All Conference Player.

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

Work HARD!! It pays off! Each day work to become better than you were the day before. Your baseball journey may not be easy. You may face tough challenges and adversity along the way, but it’s how you respond and overcome them that matters. 

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

I would like to give thanks to God who makes everything possible.  Without Him, I would not be where I am today. I want to thank my parents who sacrifice so much for me.  Their sacrifices have made me a better person and player. I would also like to thank all of my coaches and trainers throughout the years, especially those from Top Tier, who have worked with me and supported me throughout my baseball career.  

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