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Q&A With Elon Commit Jack Roberts

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By Jerry Shank
VA/DC/MD Director

Jack RobertsJack Roberts St. John's College 2017
VA/DC Rank: No. 45
Position Rank: No. 7
Elon Commit

6.30.15 - Athletic frame at 6-foot-1 185-pounds.  Hits from a slightly open set up with nice rhythm throughout his swing.  Simple load and short stride gets to balanced hitting position.  Short swing path with fast bat speed and some extension.  Line drive type hitter with power potential. Smooth swing at the plate with projection. Fluid actions in the field, with a short and quick arm actions throwing from a high ¾ arm angle. Throws were consistent with some carry across the diamond at 80 mph. Soft hands with a clean exchange.  Ran a 4.55 home to first and had an exit velocity of 82.  Excellent approach and patience at the plate. Solid foundation in this player.

What made Elon the right fit for you?
+ I love my coaches, the campus, the location, just everything about Elon. They play a great schedule every year. I was able to see myself going to Elon even without baseball. On my visit I just fell in love, I got that feeling that this was the place I needed to be.

What was the recruiting process like?
+ My recruiting really started my Sophmore year. I started talking to a lot of schools over the phone and going on a few visits. It was a pretty fast process that changed frequently. It was a very enjoyable process (stressful at times) which boosted my confidence and made me eager to play in college.

What other schools did you consider?
+ TCU, Boston College, Maryland, UNC, VCU, George Washington, Ole Miss, and JMU were the main ones.

What were key factors you were looking for during the process?
+ Location, playing time, the coaches, the schedule, the development, the academics.

What are your goals now before you step on campus?
+ Mainly getting stronger and faster. And of course winning a fourth championship in a row with the Cadets (St. John's).

What have you learned from your time with your high school / travel organization?
+ I have learned so much about playing, preparing, staying healthy, and how to be a great teammate with my high school. I play with the Diamond Skills travel organization and we play as a team not as individuals. Even if we are in a showcase. That is a very important aspect that recruiters look for.

What advice do you have for players going through the recruiting process?
+ Keep in touch with every college coach and go on every visit possible to gain a perspective. Honestly before I went on my visit to Elon I thought I wouldn't like it, but I'm so glad I went on the visit anyway.