Q&A With 2015 Minnesota Commit: Cole McDevitt [Eastview HS]


Cole McDevitt, C, Eastview HS

PBR:  Why did you choose University of Minnesota?

McDevitt:  It’s a dream to be a Gopher.  The program is rich in history.  The coaches have always treated me well.  The university has everything I was looking for and being close to home was a huge plus.


PBR:  What other schools were you considering?

McDevitt:  I feel fortunate and am excited about my decision to be a Gopher.


PBR:  How does it feel to be a Gopher?

McDevitt:  It feels good.  I’m excited to get there.  But still have many things I would like to accomplish in the present.


PBR:  Now that you have your commitment out of the way; what are your individual/ team goals?

 McDevitt:  I play QB this fall in football- have hockey this winter- and baseball next spring.  I want to do everything I can to help each team be successful.  If the team succeeds I’m happy to be a part of it.


PBR:  How does it feel to know you will be a Division 1 player?

McDevitt:  Making the commitment motivates me to work harder.  College is filled with bigger and better players and I still have a lot of things to do if I’m going to be successful at that level.


PBR:  What person has had the greatest impact on your baseball career?

McDevitt:  My dad coached me in baseball until I was 14.  He’s always been a huge help with everything I do.  He has stressed how to act and carry myself the right way.  Also how to handle adversity in sports and life.


PBR:  Who are some of the better players you have played against?

McDevitt:  Two that stand out are Matt Fiedler who was a freshman this past year at U. of Minnesota and Dalton Lehnen, a 2014 grad, who is committed to U. of Cincinnati.  They both have good stuff on the mound, were able to pitch, and were very competitive.


PBR:  Any last thoughts?

McDevitt:  I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for the people around me.  Family, friends, coaches, etc.  I just try to work hard and challenge myself.  If it wasn’t for them helping and supporting me I wouldn’t be in the position I am today and I can’t thank them enough.