But I'll take it!
Cam Wysocki, picture from fhnbaseball
[Ed.- Yeah, two baseball posts in one day in September. I love it.]
Michigan received their first verbal commitment from the freshman class of 2012-2013(!) in Cam Wysocki of Forest Hills Northern. Wysocki is a 6'3" right handed pitcher and son of Dane Wysocki, a former UM player and his current high school coach. That UM connection through his parents has had him sold on the Wolverines since birth:
"Since I was about 5 years old, my parents and grandparents have been taking me to Michigan to see games," Wysocki said. "Football at 'The Big House' is one of the best experiences you can have. And Ann Arbor is such a great college town."
The article goes on to list his offers (MSU, OSU, ND, Alabama, Stanford, and Kentucky), as well as his fastball at 88mph. Wysocki is also the starting quarterback and a small forward in the off season, but baseball is his future sport.
Outside of pitching, Cam also is the starting short stop for the Huskies, as well as taking some time at second and first. I've yet to find much in the way of pitching stats, but he was 3-1 last season.
It's too early to project where Wysocki will be by the time he comes to Michigan, so I'll hold off on any input there. Pitchers are hard enough to figure out, but add that it's 2 years before he'll be on the field and that he's a multisport athlete who could get injured in next week's football game, and I've got nothing.
What's crazy about this commitment is that I've heard very little about the rest of Michigan's freshman class of 2011-2012. Will Drake is the only commit I've seen stories on. I'm sure there are probably a few others, but with the early signing period not until November, there isn't a whole lot out there to look at. Such is college baseball, though.
But I'll take it!
The dad, Dane, is a fraternity brother back from the mid 80's and if his son has the same arm strength (which is probably stronger, but dad will never admit) than his dad, this is a great pickup for Michigan. In college, Dane was very grounded and humble (not quite like Denard, though) so I'm sure Cam is equally level-headed and ready for both college sports and college life.
As for the athletic prowess, Dane was the fraternity's QB for Intramurals while Eric "Chuck" Sanders (catcher for UM) was our running back. I protected Dane's blindside, which let him throw his rockets down field. The best part, was that one game against Phi Delts, I got knocked unconscious by two of the defensive players. I guess they had remembered me from the night before at Charley's when I called them some name that rhymed with hay. Anyway, after I stumbled off the field, the next two plays comprised of Dane literally throwing the football at the nuts of the linebacker who had taken me out. Dane did not miss!! Out goes Phi Delt one. The following play was a fake to Chuck (UM catcher) where he goes straight at the the second guy and lays him out and gets a personal foul. Out goes Phi Delt two. Needless, to say, I only got to hear of this two days later after lying in bed and having my girlfriend (now wife) wake me every hour to make sure I didn't go into a coma. Anyway, good memories and I'm sure Cam has a better arm and hopefully better stories by the end of his college days at Michigan.
A couple in-staters:
|Szkutnik, Trent||2011||Video||LHP||Temperance Bedford|
(same site lists Wysocki as 5th in state for 2012)
I've got a list coming in from Webb over at Buckeye State Baseball. He's got 7 current commits to his knowledge. More on that soon.
But we're going out to Stanford for a series this year.... don't know if we'll swing a second West Coast team to make it worth our while.... (saw it on Stanford's sched.)
Maloney told us that in the podcast to start last season. LSU is the big series the year after.