Inside the Recruitment: '15 Chris Clark commits to Kellogg CC

Chris Clark, C, Caledonia HS, Class of 2015

PBR: Why did you choose Kellogg?

Clark: I really liked how Coach Laskovy treated me as a player when I was on my visit. The whole campus was really nice and I just liked everything about it. Growing up, we were always playing at Bailey Park in Battle Creek and as a kid you dream of playing in a stadium like that, so getting the chance to play there will be cool for me. I also felt going the Juco route gave me the extra 2 years I needed to develop the tools I need to succeed later in my career.  

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Clark: I was considering Western Kentucky, Illinois State, Aquinas, Wabash Valley cc, Lincoln Trail and Ohio Northwestern.

PBR: Kellogg is known for sending many of their players to 4 year colleges.  How much of a role did that play in your decision to go to Kellogg?

Clark: It played a big role, the coaching staff there is awesome and I just wanted to try and surround myself with people that would push me to continue to work hard and become a better baseball player and in the end find a 4 year school that suited me the best. 

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you?

Clark: I met Coach Laskovy at the Ed Santa Showcase in Wixom, Michigan. I was already aware of Kellogg being a great baseball school prior to that so meeting him and getting a chance to workout in front of him was exciting for me. 

PBR: What team do you play for in the summer and what is your most memorable moment.

Clark: This will be my first summer playing for the Grand Rapids A's Coached by Brent Gates. My most memorable experience throughout my summer years though would definitely have to be when I was 16 and one of my good friends threw a kid out at the plate from left field and I tagged him out to win the tournament. That will be a day ill never forget. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?

Clark: I didn't expect it to be this stressful. I kind of just thought things would naturally start to pop up as time went on. Looking back on it now I appreciate the help from my parents and coaches getting me in front of the right people and at the right showcases. 

PBR: What were your stats this spring?

Clark: I ended the season hitting .390, lead my team with 27 rbi's, and was named unanimous All-Conference Catcher. Our whole team played great last spring as we won a District Championship. We return 14 guys so it should be a fun senior season.