Q&A With Illinois-Springfield Commit: Chris Witzke

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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q & a with illinois-springfield commit: Chris witzke, lhp, humboldt


PBR: Why did you choose the University of Illinois-Springfield?
WITZKE: I think they are building a good program. I’m excited to be a part of it. I liked the coaches and feel they will push me to be the best I can be.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
WITZKE: Buena Vista, Iowa Central Community College and Iowa Western.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
WITZKE: My first contact was after a showcase in the spring.  And then again after the PBR Top Prospect Games in Iowa City.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?
WITZKE: The enthusiasm of the coaches.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?
WITZKE: My parent’s who have always supported me. Coach Justin Meyer and Coach Kevin Ziesman. And my high school coach Jason Thurm.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?
WITZKE: I didn’t really know what to expect.  It’s difficult.  Other than baseball you have no idea what you want to do with your life.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?
WITZKE: They feel I can be a young arm for the program.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?
WITZKE: Throwing a no-hitter in the PG Kernels tournament last fall.

PBR: Who is the toughest player that you have competed against?
WITZKE: Angelo Altavilla from Lakeville, MN who is currently a freshman at U. of Nebraska.

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