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Talking Sports with Wisconsin-Milwaukee Senior baseball player Jordan Herbert

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jordan Herbert, a Senior Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball player, recently took time to do a Q&A feature interview with The Sports Capital. His feature interview is about his playing career.

The Capital Sports Report: On playing baseball at Nicolet High School

Jordan Herbert: “Playing baseball for Nicolet was an amazing experience. The majority of the team grew up together playing little league for local Glendale. Five of us played travel ball together in the spring and fall as Nicolet played summer baseball. I loved those guys, we were extremely close and it showed on the field. I still stay in touch with a lot of the guys that I played with along with both of my coaches.

Going along with playing in high school, I played for the Racine Hitters for three years. I always loved to show up and play the game, but my coach with the Hitters, RJ Fergus, changed the way I viewed the game. He showed me how to respect the game and all that goes along with it. He taught me how to prepare and approach the game. RJ is an amazing person that has helped many achieve their goals, without him I know I would not have had the opportunity to play college baseball.”

TCSR: On playing other sports there

JH: “I played soccer for two years at Nicolet, but realized that baseball was my true passion and something I wanted to focus all of my energy towards. It was hard giving up soccer, because I had been playing it for so long but I never regretted the decision to concentrate on baseball.”

TCSR: On what schools were recruiting you besides Miami (Ohio)

JH: “I was recruited by a lot of schools from the Midwest, mostly from the MAC, The Valley, and a few Big Ten schools. I knew I wanted to go to Miami, so when I got the early, I offer I ended most of my recruiting and focused on playing my senior year.”

TCSR: On why you chose to go to Miami (Ohio)

JH: “I knew early that I wanted to go to MU, I fell in love with the campus and the baseball program. The coach, who recruited me, had a great reputation for getting his players to the next level and winning baseball games. My senior year of high school, they won around 45 games and made a regional, I couldn’t think of a better situation to be going into. Also, academics has always been a huge priority for me and my family. I loved the idea of small classes that MU provided and the reputation of its business school was very appealing.”

TCSR: On playing there

JH: “A month before I got on campus before my Freshman year, the coach called me to inform me he had accepted the head coaching job at Indiana. I was pretty torn up about it, because I was very much looking forward to playing for him and working with the pitching coach, who followed him to IU. The situation was not what I envisioned, but realized I decided to go there for other reasons than the coach and I headed off. Right away, I was exposed to baseball like I had never experienced. Five hour practices with intense drills, running, and more throwing and lifting than I could imagine. The players were bigger, faster, and stronger than anyone I had previously played with. I was surrounded by some amazing talent, and it made me want to be better. I pushed myself past what I thought was possible and was very proud of the strides I made by the end of my first fall and winter. The pitching staff only lost one guy from the previous year and I assumed I would red-shirt that first year. I still pushed myself like I was going to play, but I got Mono three weeks before the season, and I was restricted to my bed for two weeks. I was never the same after Mono, but because of a few injuries, I was told to be ready to pitch. I went along on a few trips and saw very limited action. That was a tough year for me, not the freshman year I pictured. I went to New York to play that summer, where I played well and felt good about me as a player. I went back to MU in the fall, but decided to leave at the end of the semester becoming the 9th of 13 from my recruiting class to leave the team.”

TCSR: On what schools were recruiting you besides Wisconsin-Milwaukee

JH: “I had the opportunity to go to some of the schools that recruited me out of high school after I decided to leave Miami as well as offers from junior colleges.”

TCSR: On why you chose to go to UWM

JH: “After weighing all of my options, I narrowed it down to UWM and Indiana. I still wanted the chance to play for the coach, who recruited me to go to Miami, and he gave me that shot at IU. After going back and forth, I decided to go to Milwaukee, because I knew the coaches, my family was close, one of my best friends was on the team, and I felt it was a great opportunity to step in and contribute right away.”His head coach was not available to answer any questions about his college career

TCSR: On how you are doing so far this season and what you expect from yourself over the course of the rest of the season

JH: “I’ve struggled so far this year, we’ve played two weekend series, one at ASU the other a tournament in Jacksonville. I started on Sunday both weekends, the first at ASU I threw the ball well, they just hit it a lot better. ASU is the best college baseball team I have ever seen, and watching them play showed me and my teammates what the next level looks like. As for me the rest of the year, I’ll change my year with my next outing, it’s tough going from a cardboard mound in a gym to a dirt mount in the desert, but my two weeks to adjust are up and I’m ready to help my team win.”

TCSR: On what you would like to do after college

JH: “I don’t know what exactly I would like to do after college. I’m a marketing major with an econ minor, and would like to use the knowledge from that and my baseball career to stay at least somewhat involved in the game.”

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