2022 Gunnett Carlson Commits to Florida State

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

There are too many exciting things about FSU to only choose one. I mean, what isn’t there to like? What I am really looking forward to though is being able to play on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium with my future teammates. To me, that is the most beautiful stadium in the country. There isn’t any other field I would rather play on. Plus, I know my future teammates and I are going to have a great friendship and brotherhood and share some great memories on that field.

You have been playing with the Top Tier Roos out in Tampa, FL. Tell us about your experience and what it means to wear the TT’s.

When playing with Top Tier, you are expected to be great on and off the field. It is a privilege to wear TT. The coaching staff really cares about their players’ development. The atmosphere is great as well. You are surrounded by great people, very talented players and coaches who are experienced and know what they are talking about. I have had a really great time playing with Top Tier so far and I look forward to playing with them for these next few years.

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

The recruiting process is very fun but stressful at times. The one thing I kept reminding myself is that whoever is recruiting me likes me for who I am, so don’t change who I am and just be myself on and off the baseball field. About a month ago, Coach Mike Metcalf from FSU saw me play for the first time. We talked once a week and he was so awesome to talk to. Any nerves I had went away when talking to him because he was such a great conversationalist.Throughout this period of time, he got to see me play a couple more times. And then, this past Sunday, I called him and he surprised me with an offer to my dream school. It was a really special moment that I will never forget.

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

First, I wanted to go to a college where everyone is treated like family. In order to grow as a team and win as much as possible, the team has to be close and have trust in one another.Another priority is the school itself. I want to be able to have a great education while playing the game that I love. Those are some of the priorities that I looked at when deciding where I wanted to commit.

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

The main challenge for me will be continuing to play baseball at an elite level and blocking out the haters that don’t want me to succeed at the collegiate level. There is a lot of pressure now that I am verbally committed to a division 1 school. So, I just have to stay within myself and not let what other people say to or about me affect me negatively. Instead, I’m going to try to take as much positivity as I can out of all of the negativity in hopes of becoming a better person and player.

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

There are only two goals that I have as a college baseball player. First, I want to win the College World Series. Second, I want to be able to say that I helped my team in whatever way I could win the College World Series.

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

There have been many people throughout my life to help me achieve my goals so far. The one person I want to give a shout-out and a thank you to is my Dad. My Dad has sacrificed so much for me and I will never be able to repay him. He spends countless hours and money on me and my baseball that he doesn’t have to. But, he knows how bad I want this and if I ever want to go hit or catch, he never hesitates or says no. He is always there for me and I can't thank him enough. Love you, Dad.

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