Thu August 9, 2012
PBR: Why did you choose Illinois?
Rowbottom: Illinois had everything I was looking for in a college. It had the big college feel, a great business program, and an outstanding baseball program which made my decision very easy.
PBR: What other schools were you considering?
Rowbottom: Cincinnati, Valparaiso, Wright State, Northwestern
PBR: Where did the Illinois coaches first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
Rowbottom: The Illinois coaching staff first saw me during a tournament I was in at Illinois State with the Midwest Pelicans. I ended up having a great weekend and on the way home from the tournament I was asked to make a stop on campus and we've stayed in touch ever since.
PBR: Was distance from home a factor in your decision?
Rowbottom: Yes, I was most comfortable within about 6 hours away from home so I would still be able to make the trip home to see my family and so they can come watch me play.
PBR: You recently attended PBR’s Top Prospect Showcase. How did that help you in the recruiting process?
Rowbottom: PBR played a big role in my recruiting process because of the exposure it gave me to many of the colleges I've talked to. The video PBR supplied also was very helpful.
PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?
Rowbottom: The coaches feel that I fit in with their program and plans and they expect me to compete early on in my career there.
PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?
Rowbottom: I hoped to have the opportunity to look at a variety of different schools and programs to find the right balance and the right fit for my interests.
PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?
Rowbottom: My hitting instructor, Coach Dan Smego, who I've been working with since I was 7.
PBR: What were your stats this spring season at St. Ignatius?
Rowbottom: .313 AVG /9 Doubles/ 3 Triples/ 1 Home run with a wooden bat
PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher that you have faced in Ohio?
Rowbottom: Zach Farmer