PBR IA Commitment Spotlight: '20 Ryan Vermeer- Ankeny Centennial
November 1, 2019
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PBR IA COMMITMENT SPOTLIGHT
PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?
VERMEER: I chose Colorado School of Mines because from the moment I stepped on campus it felt like the right place for me. It felt like a great fit for me both academically and athletically as well as being in an area of the country that I really like.
PBR: What other schools were you considering?
VERMEER: I was considering Wash U in St Louis, Middlebury College in Vermont, and the University of Sioux Falls.
PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with him?
VERMEER: They first saw me play in the Arizona Junior Fall Classic last fall. After that, we would exchange emails every once in a while until this summer when our talks started to heat up. I got to meet all the coaches and eventually decided that is where I wanted to be.
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?
VERMEER: I feel very relieved, it is something that took up a lot of my time. I can now just focus on getting better to help my high school and eventually Mines.
PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?
VERMEER: The thing that appealed to me the most about Colorado School of Mines is it has one of the best engineering programs in the entire country which will help put me in a great place for when I am done playing baseball.
PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?
VERMEER: I would say I have to give the biggest thanks to my parents for supporting me and taking their time to drive me to tournaments and camps. However, my coaches in the Iowa Sticks program, as well as my high school coaches, have really helped me improve my game to get to this point.
PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?
VERMEER: I was expecting the process to be pretty easy going, however as it went along it was definitely difficult and stressful at times.
PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?
VERMEER: The coaching staff plans for me to get stronger and work to get better in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to helping the team in any way I can.
PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?
VERMEER: The entire past high school season. It was filled with a lot of personal accomplishments and recognitions, but more importantly I got to go play every day with a group of guys I am happy to call my family. We set multiple team records including the single season win record.
PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?
VERMEER: I would say the best player I have played against and with is Carter Baumler. He is crazy athletic and looks incredibly smooth while on the field. He controls multiple pitches while being able to run his fastball up into the low 90s. Hitting against him is always a challenge even though I have caught him before.