Q&A with VCU commit Jack Alkire



 

By Jerry Shank
Maryland Director of Scouting

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DeMatha Senior Jack Alkire committed to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. The talented RHP is currently ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Maryland and was a big reason behind DeMatha making it to the championship game in the WCAC. He was kind enough to take time out for PBR Maryland and let us all get to know him better. 

Jack Alkire

Why did you choose VCU?

+ I chose VCU based on a number of factors. The coaches are all first class people who share the same philos ophies as me. Also, VCU is a place where I can further my education, and I plan to major in business. Lastly, it's the type of environment I want to surround myself in, and I can't wait to get started.

What other schools were you considering?

+UMBC

Now that your commitment is over, what are your goals for your senior year?

+ My biggest goal is to lead my high school team to a conference championship. Other personal goals are to earn All-Met and All-Conference Honors.

What would you like to get accomplished before you step on campus at VCU?

+ Before getting to college, I want to work on getting bigger and stronger and more durable so that I'm ready for whatever college has to throw at me.

What are you looking forward to the most about VCU?

+ I am looking forward to getting to work with a new group of players. I've met all the newcomers in my class and I'm excited to learn new things and see what we all have to offer.

Who did you play for over the summer and what was your most memorable experience?

+ I played for the Evoshield Canes over the summer and my most memorable experience was winning the World Championship in Jupiter, Fl.

Who has been the most influential person over your baseball career and why?

+ The most influential person to my baseball career has been my father. He always pushes me to be the best I can be and never lets me settle for less or take shortcuts.

Who is your favorite MLB player and why?

+ My favorite MLB player is Craig Kimbrel. When he comes in to close a game, he shows determination, focus, and energy.

What are you going to bring to VCU as a freshman?

+ I want to be a good teammate that pushes everyone to be better. I'll bring an intense work ethic and push my teammates.

What is your goal by the end of your freshman year?  By the end of your college career?

+ My goals by the end of freshman year is to solidify a role and get significant number of innings under my belt. By the end of college, I wish to achieve all-conference honors and win a conference championship, along with being drafted.

What is your favorite movie?   

+ Stepbrothers

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