Crown Point, Ind., right-handed pitcher Noah Burkholder had some of the top college baseball programs coming after him.
Burkholder said he did his research on many of the schools.
But the 6-foot-7, 190-pound top-200 prospect nationally said in the end it came down to being comfortable with the coaching staff at the University of Louisville.
”The coaching staff is great,” Burkholder said. “I really like all of those guys and they just really were the big reason for me (to pick U of L).”
Burkholder, considered a top 150 prospect nationally and ranked as the No. 57 right-handed pitcher in the country by PerfectGame.org, has a fastball that sits in the high 80s and has touched the 90s.
He picked U of L over national power North Carolina with Vanderbilt as another school that was on him until the end.
Burkholder said U of L pitching coach Roger Williams and his past history with taller pitchers was a major selling point.
”His track record with the big guys and how well he develops them and how well they are succeeding now it unbelievable,” Burkholder said.
”That was a big-time factor in my decision.”
Burkholder was recently selected by USA Baseball to participate in the 2014 18U National Team Trials.
U of L now has six commitments in the Class of 2015, including five guys ranked in the top 200 nationally by scouting services.
”The whole class has been all over me to commit,” Burkholder said of the other guys. “It’s a good class they’re building.”