Congratulations to Clay Surrell (2016) for selecting The Ohio 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 Clay. Below is an interview with Clay on his decision to commit to play college ball.
Like the other interviews prior to Clay's, it’s a great read!
Here’s the link to The Ohio State University, check it out:
|Which college have you committed to?||The Ohio State University|
|How does it feel to know that you’ll be playing college baseball and why?||It is such a surreal feeling. It's a dream that every ball player has since they were a little guy. There aren't many people that get the chance to play college baseball. It's a great opportunity and I'm going to run with it and see where it takes me. Baseball is what I want to do for a living, so to me this is just the next step forward but still realizing I have tons of work to do before I get to where I want to be.|
|What is your favorite thing about the college you chose and why?||Well honestly... I don't have a favorite thing about the college I chose. The Ohio State University speaks volumes for itself. It's simply the best college in the nation for not only sports but along with academics. The atmosphere at Ohio State is absolutely Unbelievable. I strongly believe that the program is going to rise especially since the 16' and 17' classes are very solid.|
|How do you see yourself contributing to your new college baseball team?||I see myself contributing from the start. We are losing all of our infielders, so it's a great time to come in and grind for a starting position. On the mound, they see me as a closer type guy but that will all depend with how elbow issues are down the road.|
|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?||Coach Beals along with the entire staff are great guys. I have had a great relationship with them from the start and they sparked interest when I was a young guy my sophomore year. I'm a people person so I like to talk a lot, getting to know the coaching staff more won't be a problem for me. I know they expect a guy that is a good ball player mentally, a go get it type of guy that loves to win.|
|What do think will be the most challenging about college baseball?||The most challenging thing for me about college baseball is keeping my priorities straight with my eating habits and school work. Balancing my time in the weight room and on the cages, field, ect. I don't think any of those things will be problems.|
|How does it feel to be facing your final year of school ball?||Man it sure is a very weird feeling. It feels like yesterday I was a freshman playing with the big boys. I just came back from Tommy John and had to miss 13 games of my senior year, so this year is short and sweet but still making many memories.|
|Will you approach your final year of school ball and summer ball differently now that you are a committed college baseball player?||No, my approach to the game won't change at all. I've played the same way now as I did my freshman year. My mentality stays the same. My strive and passion for the game will stay the same. My goal is to play baseball at the highest level I possibly can and I'll do anything to get there , I started off my baseball Career mentality like that that and nothing is going to change.|
|What is the biggest thing you’ll carry forward from the Marlins to your college career?||This is my first year being with the Marlins. I have an extremely special relationship with Coach Weaver. He's a great guy that's coaching which will be a prestigious baseball program. Being "that guy". Don't let anyone out work you. Be that stud that you want to be. Those are all things I will carry on to my college career.|
|What advice would you give other Marlins going through the recruiting process and considering a college baseball career?||Don't be in a rush. You have to find the school that fits you the best. Keep playing your game and don't let the recruiting process stress you out. Also, just know and realize that everything will work out.|
|Do you know your major yet?||I will be majoring in Sports Industry.|
|What do you think will be the first thing you do when you get to campus?||I'm a pretty OCD guy so I will probably get my dorm room all figured out as soon as I get there before I do anything.|
|Prediction – how much weight do you think you’ll gain your freshman year in college?||I plan to enroll early in June to start working out with the strength and conditioning coach and to get one class under my belt. Hopefully I put on some muscle so I'm ready to go for the scarlet and grey series in the fall.|