Congratulations to Ryan Jurden (2016) for selecting John Carroll 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 Ryan. Below is an interview with Ryan on his decision to commit to play college ball.
Like the other interviews prior to Ryan's, it’s a great read!
Here’s the link to John Carroll University, check it out:
|Which college have you committed to?||John Carroll University|
|How does it feel to know that you’ll be playing college baseball and why?||It feels great to know that I have achieved one of my childhood goals. It feels good to know that all the hard work that I have put forth through the years is paying off.|
|What is your favorite thing about the college you chose and why?||John Carroll is a very academic based school with a rich athletic tradition. I have always been taught that academics come first, so that's what appealed to me most.|
|How do you see yourself contributing to your new college baseball team?||I plan on going in as a freshmen and competing for playing time in the middle infield right away if the opportunity presents itself.|
|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?||I know Coach Thibeault is a JCU Alum so he is very passionate about winning there and staying with the core traditions. For what they expect from a new team member they expect me to come in and get after it and compete right away.|
|What do think will be the most challenging about college baseball?||Adjusting to the speed of the game and playing against players that have a lot of experience at the collegiate level.|
|How does it feel to be facing your final year of school ball?||In a sense, it is weird that this will be my final time playing against bitter rivals like Newark Catholic and Lakewood and my final time playing against childhood friends at other LCL schools that I have grown up playing with in summer ball since I was 8. On the other hand I am excited to start a new journey and start new rivalries and create new friendships.|
|Will you approach your final year of school ball and summer ball differently now that you are a committed college baseball player?||No, although it does feel good to have the pressure lifted off of my shoulders I have always been able to play my own game, doesn't matter who is sitting in the stands.|
|What is the biggest thing you’ll carry forward from the Marlins to your college career?||Competitiveness, being a Marlin you definitely learn how to compete every practice and every game.|
|What advice would you give other Marlins going through the recruiting process and considering a college baseball career?||Take your time and do your research. Know your core principles and pick the school that fits those principles.|
|Do you know your major yet?||I plan on Majoring in Sports Studies.|
|What do you think will be the first thing you do when you get to campus?||Find the batting cages and get in some tee work.|
|Prediction – how much weight do you think you’ll gain your freshman year in college?||I hope on gaining 5-10lbs of good weight.|