Q&A With Wake Forest Commit Michael Ludowig

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By Jerry Shank
Virginia Scouting Director

Michael Ludowig OF/LHP Briar Woods
VA/DC Rank: No. 8
Position Rank: No. 1
Overall Rank:  No. 198   
Wake Forest Commit


What made Wake Forest the right fit for you?
+ There were many factors that led to my selection, but the coaching staff at Wake Forest is what made the difference. They made me feel very comfortable. It was easy to see myself working with their coaching staff on a daily basis and learning more about the game. Head Coach Tom Walter is an outstanding baseball guy, but he's an even better person.

What was the recruiting process like?
 + The recruiting process went very quickly for me. Everything happened during the summer of 2015. The entire process lasted about four months from the beginning of June through September. It was exciting playing every weekend in front of college baseball scouts.

I really enjoyed visiting all the colleges and speaking with the coaches. They all made me feel welcome. In the end, I felt horrible telling many of them I didn't choose their school and I hoped they understood.

What other schools did you consider?
+ William and Mary, James Madison, Duke and High Point.

What were key factors you were looking for during the process?
+ The quality of education was the most important and Wake Forest has an outstanding reputation. Plus, I really wanted to stay within a reasonable drive from my home. Once again, finding coaches that I felt comfortable with was also a big factor. 

What are your goals now before you step on campus?
+ My goals stay the same now as before, to continue getting faster and stronger. I try to train like someone who is not committed to a school and is desperately trying to get there.

What have you learned from your time with your high school / travel organization?
+ While playing for the EvoShield Canes I learned that playing constantly in front of scouts can be stressful but you cannot let it affect your game. In baseball, if you press too much, more often than not, you will not get the result that you are searching for.

What advice do you have for players going through the recruiting process?
+ Never let a poor play affect your attitude or effort. Players make errors and strikeout, but you need to put that behind you and try to make the next play. Scouts really watch how players deal with tough times.

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