Commitment Spotlight: Justin Loer, LHP, Lakeville South

Andy Judkins
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

Justin Loer - Xavier



PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?

Loer: I chose Xavier because the coaching staff was really personable to me. The school is just a perfect fit, it wasn’t too big, or it wasn’t too small. And I felt that I could get on campus and play right away.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Loer:  Iowa, Creighton, Washington, Bradley, Missouri, Kentucky, ball state, Illinois state, Indiana, and Pepperdine. 

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with him?

Loer:  The coaching staff first saw me pitch in a tournament in Indianapolis. Our relationship. developed really fast and I got to know him right away. It almost felt like you were talking to a friend when you’re talking to Coach O’Conner because he is just so easy to talk to and you can talk about anything with him.

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?

Loer: Yes, right away it was really relieving because it’s a lot of stress having to have calls every day but looking back it was a great experience to get to know a lot of different people and make connections with people and coaches across the country.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

Loer:  The deciding factor was my relationship with Coach O’Conner. It just didn’t compare to any other relationship that I had with another coach.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?

Loer: The person is help me the most would definitely be Alec Crawford at Northstar baseball. He’s done so much for me over the last five years I owe it all to him.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?

Loer:  I definitely thought that the recruiting process would be easy and fun. And yes, it was fun at some points, but it was very stressful and sometimes difficult when it came down to making a decision.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?

Loer:  I haven’t spoken to them in a while about it but when we last talked about it expectations were probably to be coming out of the bullpen in the first season and then eventually making some starts in my sophomore year.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?

Loer: My most memorable baseball moment would probably be striking out 19 batters in my last start last fall. 

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?

Loer: The Best player I’ve ever faced will definitely be Maxx Clark a player for the Indiana Bulls association. He is committed to Vanderbilt and he just had all the tools that a baseball player would need.