Inside the Recruitment: '17 INF Damon Dues commits to Wright State

Damon Dues, INF, Vandalia-Butler, Class of 2017

PBR: Why did you choose Wright State?

Dues: I choose Wright State because it was a great fit for me. I love the coaches and have a very strong relationship with all of them. The direction of the program is very impressive as well as the coaches ability to develop players. The facilities are great and are getting even better.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Dues: Other schools that I had interest in were UC, Miami, OSU, Ohio and Xavier.

PBR: Coach Lovelady and his staff are making an immediate impact at Wright State including a deep run the NCAA tournament.  How does it feel to be a part of his era as the Raiders coach?

Dues: It is a great feeling to know that I will be playing under a coach who knows how to win at the national level and knows how to develop players.

PBR: Now that you have your commitment out of the way, what are your goals both individually and for the team going into your junior season?

Dues: My goals for my junior season are to get stronger mentally and physically and to continue progressing my game. My biggest goal is for my team and I to be playing in Columbus at this time next year.

PBR: How does it feel to be a part of a Division 1 baseball program?

Dues: It's amazing to know that I will be joining a great division 1 program. It has always been a dream of mine.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was the most memorable experience from this summer?

Dues: I play for the Dayton Sluggers and my most memorable experience is constantly competing at a high level and building many friendships along the way.

PBR:  What person has the great impact on your baseball career and why?

Dues: My father has by far had the biggest impact on my baseball career. He has been teaching me about the game of baseball since I was 1. Without him I would be nowhere near the player I am. His knowledge of the game is incredible. I cannot thank him enough.

PBR: What were your stats this spring season?

Dues: My average was .446 and OBP was .521. I had 45 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 24 RBI's and 14 stolen bases.

PBR: Who is the toughest hitter that you have face?

Dues: Toughest pitcher I faced was Ben Mangen of Northmont. Very hard to pick up his ball.