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Nick Pedalino – U of Pennsylvania

 

Firstly, we usually don’t go into such detail and write so much about each commitment but Nick’s story is very unique so we’d thought we should share and educate:  For a school like U Penn, most of their recruiting is done by now.  For Nick, although he had some offers over the summer, he didn’t see himself at those schools for the next 4 years, so instead of panicking or settling, which would be a common thing to do these days since you are heading into your senior year without having a college commitment.  Nick took some time off from what was a busy summer with the NJ Marlins, rested his arm, and then got back to work.  After his brief few weeks off from game action, Nick got back to work and showcased himself this fall. It didn’t take long before he started making some noise.  It didn’t go unnoticed and all of a sudden his Coach Ed Graziano’s phone didn’t stop ringing asking why he was not committed to a school, not knowing that Nick was waiting for the right fit both academically and athletically (4.2 GPA).

Throughout what has been really a whirl wind of a month for both Nick, his parents, and his coach. His coach Ed Graziano, was on the phone with several others to come watch his guy pitch. “What has happened to Nick is a mix of both him maturing as a person and as an athlete. We really saw him starting to take the next step in Pennsylvania at the Moosic Mets Tournament where he threw 5 outstanding innings for us. Nick always had a great arm and we knew it was in him to do something like that.  It was only just a matter of time before it came out.  I kept getting asked the question by college coaches ….”if he’s really this good, and throwing that hard. Why isn’t he committed?” My response to them was that:

He’s looking for an opportunity at a school that he is both academically and athletically best suited for, he’s had other offers and to be quite honest with you coach, its clicked for him he’s really starting to figure it out from a pitching perspective… How to work hard, how to repeat his mechanics when he has success, but most importantly he’s matured as a pitcher from being in tough situations and in big games.”

In today’s recruiting circuit so many parents and even players freak out if there son/they are not committed by a certain time because of how the landscape has changed over the recent years and teammates of theirs committing to certain schools. If you ask Nick we are pretty sure there were some stressful times too during this process but Coach Graziano would constantly tell him, its going to happen you just need to take the right steps and do the right things. There is a place for everyone to play, it just has to be the right fit for you. Just keep working hard and we will figure it out.

Well, they certainly figured it out and Nick Pedalino is the newest Quaker commit!

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