Congratulations to Alex Wright (2016) for selecting Savannah State University to continue his academic pursuits and play college baseball!
Going to college and playing college baseball is a big step for anyone, and the Marlins are very proud of Alex. Below is an interview with Alex on his decision to commit to play college ball.
Like the other interviews prior to Alex's, it’s a great read!
Here’s the link to Savannah State University, check it out:
|Which college have you committed to?||Savannah State University|
|How does it feel to know that you’ll be playing college baseball and why?||I am excited to be able to play the next level of baseball. I am happy to know that the college coaches have faith in my abilities.|
|What is your favorite thing about the college you chose and why?||I like the campus, because it is a small campus with a low student population. The campus also has a new marine biology department with a boat and an island for research purposes. It also has a large chemistry department. I like the coaches, because they are personable and knowledgeable. Also the baseball season is longer with scrimmages starting in January. The best part about this college is, it is ten minutes from the ocean.|
|How do you see yourself contributing to your new college baseball team?||First they have recruited me as one of their pitchers. I also feel that I will be valuable as a utility player. Defensively I feel I can hold my own, but offensively I will continue to work on my batting and speed.|
|What do you know about your new coach? And, how will you go about getting to know him and his staff and what they expect of a new team member?||We have researched the coaching staff on line to find out their background and experience. The head coach is a Grambling graduate, who has coached a NAIA team, DIII campus, and has been at Savannah State since 2006. The head coach and pitching coach have given me their cellphone numbers and want me to call them at least once per month. I also plan on going to a game next season to see how they coach/play a live game.|
|What do think will be the most challenging about college baseball?||Staying organized and on schedule to finish my studies and play ball at the same time.|
|How does it feel to be facing your final year of school ball?||I am not playing my last year of high school ball, but this year and next I will probably miss playing with the friends that I have grown up with.|
|Will you approach your final year of school ball and summer ball differently now that you are a committed college baseball player?||No because I still want to do my best in every game I play. I am still committed to my school and summer team. I feel that I still have things to work on in order to be prepared for college.|
|What is the biggest thing you’ll carry forward from the Marlins to your college career?||The development of good quality work ethics that Coach Weaver never hesitates to provide. I feel that good things happen in a game when you work hard off the field.|
|What advice would you give other Marlins going through the recruiting process and considering a college baseball career?||First pick about eight colleges that offer the degree you are looking for and you would enjoy studying there. This way if for some reason you can't play ball, you will still enjoy the school. Go and visit the schools to get a feel. Research the baseball programs at these schools and apply for one of their prospect camps, in order to get on there radar. Email the coaches to let them know you are coming and afterwards Email them to get feedback on things to work on. Don't get discouraged if you don't hear back. Work on any information you obtain and continue to pursue the ones that stay in contact. Take your ACT or SAT, because this can help with Academic scholarships.|
|Do you know your major yet?||I am looking at a science degree in chemistry, zoology, or marine biology.|
|What do you think will be the first thing you do when you get to campus?||I would like to walk the campus and get a better feel for it. I would spend time in the departments of my degree. I would then make my way over to the baseball field and athletic department to spend time with the coaches and team.|
|Prediction – how much weight do you think you’ll gain your freshman year in college?||Right now I am 5'-8" tall and 136 pounds. I am told that I will probably make 5'-10" tall as an adult. I think that I will probably weigh in around 150 pounds by the end of my freshman year.|