Q&A With Indian Hills Commit: Chase Wood



Chase Wood

Chase Wood, SS/3B, Ottumwa, Class of 2015

PBR:  Why did you choose the Indian Hills CC?
WOOD:  They have a tremendous history of elevating players to their full potential, which I am up for the challenge to be a better player and student. Indian Hills Baseball-Centerville campus is a baseball factory set-up with great interactions with the coaching staff that is available full time. They also provide a 4-day week class schedule and 3-term semesters. That will allow me to stay on track for my studies and put in the extra time needed for baseball year round.

PBR:  What other schools were you considering?
WOOD:  I was looking to stay close to home, since I will only be 17 when I graduate. Indian Hills is close to home and has always been on the top of my list, so I was not really reaching out aggressively. I was in contact with a few D-1's, (3)-D2's, and a wide range of D-3's & NAIA schools all over the country.

PBR:  Where did they first see you? How did your relationship develop with the coaching staff?
WOOD:  IHCC Camps, Legion Baseball, and Area High School games. I built a relationship with one of the assistant coaches before he was a coach, on a travel team when I was 14 and have always attended IHCC baseball camps.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?
WOOD:  My youth coaches, Dad, R. Howard, J. Maher, C. Craver, and my family for always supporting me.

PBR: What have you worked on/improved since last year?
WOOD:  I play football, wrestling, track, baseball, and intramurals sports to stay strong, quick, and explosive. I have improved speed, agility, core strength, and currently developing arm strength all the time.

PBR: Who is the toughest player that you have faced in Iowa?
WOOD:  Nick Nelson from West Des Moines Valley in the semi-finals to go to the class 4A State Tournament. You just cannot prepare for the submarine delivery pitches with.

PBR:  What are your thoughts on the recruiting process? Any advice for future players in your position.
WOOD:  It is very rewarding when you start getting contacted and then know you have the capability to compete at the college level.  My advice to future players is to play every game like it’s your last, and always and I mean always- hustle, because you never know who is there watching or knows somebody important.

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