Hundley Likes 'Family Atmosphere' At CMU


Bruce Hefflinger
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Hundley Likes 'Family Atmosphere' At CMU

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Tucker Hundley SS / 2B / St. Xavier, OH / 2020

HAMILTON - With high school football season approaching, Tucker Hundley understood there would not be much time for visits or getting his name out for baseball this fall.

“I was weighing what to do,” Hundley explained. “I wanted to commit before winter, but with playing football in the fall there wasn’t much chance of getting more exposure.”

Then came one final visit - the last week of July.

“It all happened the last two to three weeks of the summer season,” the St. Xavier senior said about interest from Central Michigan. “They invited me to visit after the season. I wasn’t expecting much up north, but it was a great campus. There was a cool family atmosphere with great facilities. Everything seemed to fit.

“I liked the part about their philosophy,” Hundley continued. “They’re about looking at games and seeing you come out and compete. I fit that mold well. I’m not a blow-your-mind off-the-stat-sheet guy, I’m a gamer. I go out and play my butt off and play the game the right way.”

That style had brought interest from schools like Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Walter State, a junior college in Tennessee which made an offer to Hundley after his only other college visit of the summer.

“I didn’t want to make a timetable on the process,” the 6-0 180-pounder explained about his recruitment. “I just wanted to find the right fit. The coaches at Central were awesome. It was like family up there. I knew right away it was where I wanted to be.”

An improved game helped make the 73rd-ranked senior in Ohio more attractive to colleges. 

“I’ve gotten better offensively,” Hundley said. “I’ve really been working hard on going to all fields. That was a big focus of mine going into the summer, hitting the ball all ways. I’ve definitely gotten better at that.”

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