Congratulations to Harrison Gilmore (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 Harry. Below is an interview with Harry on his decision to commit to play college ball.
Like the other interviews prior to Harry's, it’s a great read!
Here’s the link to John Carroll University, check it out:
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|Which college have you committed to?||John Carroll University|
|How does it feel to know that you’ll be playing college baseball and why?||I'm really excited and relieved to know where I'm going next year. At times it felt like it wasn't going to happen, but I'm very excited and blessed to have the opportunity to play college ball. To fulfill a dream I've had for such a long time is amazing.|
|What is your favorite thing about the college you chose and why?||I really loved everything. The campus is small enough that classes won't be too far from my dorm. The field, weight room, and other facilities are about a 5 minute walk at most from my dorm. The coaches are really genuine guys who care and know a lot about baseball as well. It's also really nice to have the city of Cleveland so close. Lots of things to do other than just school and baseball.|
|How do you see yourself contributing to your new college baseball team?||They're graduating their top two pitchers, so I'm looking to hopefully come in, work hard, and earn quality innings early. I don't want to be a guy that just sits on the bench for a couple years. I'm going to compete for playing time as soon as I step on campus this fall.|
|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?||Like I said earlier, all of the coaches are standup guys. Straightforward, genuine guys. I got to meet most of the coaches on my official visit, and they really seemed to care about not only what I could do baseball wise, but my major, goals after baseball, etc. Coach Thibeault is a great coach and even better guy.|
|What do think will be the most challenging about college baseball?||For me I think it will be managing my time. I'm not too worried about the baseball workload because the Marlins and my school team workout year round, so I think I'll be ok there. But I'm a very social guy so juggling my social life, school work, and baseball will definitely be a challenge. Also, going up against college hitters will be a big step, but I face a lot of college level athletes in the OCC and playing with the Marlins, so I think it will be a smooth transition.|
|How does it feel to be facing your final year of school ball?||It's a really weird feeling. I love all of my school ball teammates very much, and it's going to be weird not playing with them. Our team is best friends both in season and out of season, and I've been playing with some of those guys since I was 10 years old. I'm definitely going to get all the enjoyment I can out of this last season with them.|
|Will you approach your final year of school ball and summer ball differently now that you are a committed college baseball player?||Not at all. I hate the attitude some guys get when they commit. I'm still going into the season with a chip on my shoulder. Nothing changes now except that I have more to prove.|
|What is the biggest thing you’ll carry forward from the Marlins to your college career?||The tradition. I've played in the Marlins program every year since it was founded, and to see it progress to where it is now is astonishing. Everyone in Ohio knows the Marlins and respects us.|
|What advice would you give other Marlins going through the recruiting process and considering a college baseball career?||If your on the fence about visiting a school, go. Going into my visit at JCU, I never in a million years would've seen myself there. Believe it or not, as soon as I got home, I called coach Thibeault and committed. It gets rough at times not knowing where your going, but if you grind it out long enough you'll find the perfect place for you.|
|Do you know your major yet?||I'm planning on majoring in either Economics or Accountancy with a minor in Entrepreneurship.|
|What do you think will be the first thing you do when you get to campus?||The first thing I will do when I get to campus is go to First Watch. Best breakfast in the world.|
|Prediction – how much weight do you think you’ll gain your freshman year in college?||Well I'm 265 right now... So I'm hoping to drop 20-30 lbs my freshman year.|