Prep Baseball Report

Get To Know No. 9 In New York's Class Of 2015 Rankings

Dan Cevette
Director, New York

Name: Jack Weiller
High School: John Jay - Cross River
Position: SS
State Rank: 9
Overall Rank:
Commitment: Virginia

Top Three:
Virginia, Boston College, Binghamton
Best Offer: All were great offers to play baseball at a high-level

PBR: With National Signing Day/ Week over, walk us through your recruiting process from start to finish.

Weiller: The process really began during the fall my sophomore year when I first started playing in showcase tournaments with the Taconic Rangers. I began talking with coaches over the winter and went to a camp at Northeastern while participating in Rangers workouts attended by college coaches. The process really picked up after the state high school playoffs, once the summer showcase season started. Virginia first saw me at the Area Code Game tryouts in June and then at Diamond Nation. I was in touch with them soon after that. I visited a number of schools in between tournaments. After I visited Virginia and met with the coaches, I gave them my verbal commitment.

PBR: Being one of the top infielders in the NY you had plenty of offers. What made you pick Virginia?

Weiller: From the moment I stepped on The Grounds, I knew Virginia was the place for me. It has the small town feel and tight-knit community that I love, along with unbelievable facilities and coaching staff that made me feel right at home. The most important thing however, was the academic opportunity.  I knew that even if I didn't play baseball, Virginia would be where I would want to go to college.

PBR: You make playing short-stop look pretty easy, tell us about your game.

Weiller: Shortstop involves a lot of different skills, but I try to keep it as simple as possible, playing with the game instead of playing against it. I try not to think too much while I'm out there and just let my instincts take over.

PBR: You're ranked No. 9 in New York's Class of 2015, and No. 99 overall. I know rankings are out of your control, but tell us how you feel knowing your one of the Who's Who in the country?

Weiller: It's a great honor to be recognized in this category, but I do know that I can improve on  many different aspects of my game and that there's a lot work I need to do. I've got to prove myself everyday.

PBR: Do you have any baseball influences?

Weiller: I've always looked up to Derek Jeter and the way he's approached the game. He played baseball the right way by treating his teammates, coaches, opponents, fans and media with respect and courtesy. He always stayed humble and didn't let the success or fame get to his head. I try to approach the game in a similar way.

PBR: Best player you will face this spring?

Weiller: It's tough to single out one player but as a team, league rival Fox Lane with Andrew Workman, Aaron Winkler, Frank Vesuvio and the rest of the squad will be tough this season.  Also, Rye will be very good with Tim DeGraw and George Kirby. We've got some great competition here in Section 1 so it'll be a fun season.

PBR: We all know you can play the game at a serious level, but tell us about some of your other talents.

Weiller: I play basketball for my high school, enjoy history, and can quote all the classic lines from Seinfeld.

PBR: What advice would you give a player just starting his recruiting process?

Weiller: Just be yourself and play your game. It's extremely important that you consider schools that you would be interested in even if you didn't play baseball. Also, if you're not getting a lot of recognition, don't get dejected- just keep playing your game and being yourself and the right school will find you.

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