Prep Baseball Report

Forrest Perron Discusses Early Commitment to Cincinnati

By Chris Valentine

Last fall, Forrest Perron made a difficult decision as he transferred from Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit to Strongsville High School for his junior year.

Little did he know, he would soon be making an even more important decision: a verbal commitment to the University of Cincinnati for the next stage of his life.

Most would consider his commitment rather early, but for Perron, who is one of the top middle infielders in the class of 2012 in the Midwest, it was an easy decision.

After receiving interest from other schools such as Kent State, Clemson, and Tampa, he ended his recruiting process. He notes, ?I made my decision so early because I connected with the UC coaches so well, I loved the campus, and I received a great offer.?

Through the process, Perron credits his close relationship with UC recruiting coordinator and pitching coach J.D. Heilmann as a big factor in his decision making process. ?Coach Heilmann was the most heavily involved in my recruiting process? we have already developed a close relationship that extends beyond the typical coach-player relationship.?

This spring, Perron hit lead off and played shortstop for state ranked Strongsville. He maintained a .444 average including 10 doubles, 2 homeruns, 25 runs, and 11 stolen bases.

Now, with the summer in full swing, Perron is continuing to refine his game with the T3 Erie Coast Pelicans, who are coached by Neall French, former Cincinnati Bearcat and Yankees farmhand. Perron credits French for the recent strides in his development. ?I have been working with Neall on all aspects of my game from the ground up and he has really made a difference in my life.?

Recently, Perron participated in the East Coast Pro Showcase tryouts in Dayton. Additionally, he will be playing in his second consecutive season for Brian Hopkins and the Midwest Redbirds (the St. Louis Cardinals Scout team).

As Perron looks back on his recruiting process, he passes along this advice to current and future college prospects: ?Don?t be afraid to ask question and to speak out if you have an issue with something. It is the school that you are going to; not your parents.?

On that note, the future Bearcat credits his parents for pushing him to become a better player and young man. They have spent countless hours and dollars driving him around Ohio and the Nation for tournaments and showcases to help him fulfill his dream.