Prep Baseball Report

Q and A with 2014 Xavier Commit: Blaine Griffiths (Lakota West HS)

Blaine Griffiths, OF, Lakota West HS, Class of 2014

PBR: Why did you choose Xavier?

Griffiths: I chose Xavier for its strong academic and baseball programs. After visiting the campus multiple times, I knew that it was the right fit for me. 

PBR: Xavier is very close to home.  How much of a role did that play in your decision?

Griffiths: It played a big role in my decision making. I knew that I didn't want to go to far from home. 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Griffiths: Since September, I have heard from over 30 schools from Ivy League, Big East, MAC, A-10, horizon, etc. My decision came between University of Cincinnati and Xavier.  

PBR: Where did Coach Googins first see you?  How did your relationship develop with them?

Griffiths: The Xavier coaching staff first saw me down in Ft. Myers for the PG WWBA. Since then we kept in touch and I went on a visit soon after.

PBR:  You are only a Junior, why did you decide to make your decision so early?  Are you finished with the recruiting process?

Griffiths: I made my decision because I knew that Xavier was the school that I could see myself at for 4 years. And yes, I feel that my recruiting process is done.

PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Griffiths: The coaches expect me to come in and make an impact my first year on campus. They expect me to come in and compete for a spot in the outfield. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? 

Griffiths: I honestly didn't know what to expect. Luckily, everything fell in to place and I found the school that I really liked. 

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?

Griffiths: My family had the biggest impact on me as baseball player. Especially my Dad, who helped me make a lot of decisions in my life including many baseball decisions.

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher that you have faced in Ohio?

Griffiths: Zack Shannon. He's a tough pitcher to face as a hitter.