Plymouth Whitemarsh Senior Commits To Villanova
Colonials' star catcher Bobby Slagle feels happy about his early choice.
Bobby Slagle can enjoy his fall, his winter, and especially next spring. The Plymouth Whitemarsh star senior catcher can relax a little because he’s set, headed to Villanova on a baseball scholarship. More importantly, he’s unencumbered by the thought of not having to look over his shoulder and wonder if any college scouts are watching his games this spring.
It’s a liberating choice Slagle made when he orally committed to be a Wildcat in June.
“It was a major relief to commit early; Villanova is perfect and the coaches were awesome,” Slagle said. “I know there was some idea that I might be drafted [by a Major League Baseball team next June], but unless someone blows me away with an offer, I’m going to Villanova. It’s a great academic school and the baseball program is a Division I program that plays in the Big East Conference. The first call I got from a college coach was from Villanova. They said everyone that they wanted and they got right to the point. There was no other school even close.”
Slagle had an off-season—by his high standards—his junior year, hitting .370, about 100 points lower than his high school career average. A starter since he was a freshman, Slagle has gradually grown to pound Suburban One League pitching. Opposing pitchers and coaches got the hint fast: Don’t throw anything hittable to Slagle.
“I had to be more selective last year,” Slagle said. “It was one of those adjusting, learning years. I had to learn how to adjust. It was very frustrating, I’ll admit, because you have to be patient. I saw very few fastballs. You have to deal with what you’re offered. I think I’ll be ready to handle the different pitching this season.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Slagle carries a 3.9 GPA and has scored 1,790 on the SAT. His combination of academics and ability in baseball attracted a variety group of schools which included Bucknell, William & Mary, West Point, Penn, Harvard, Lafayette and Pitt.
Slagle experienced a strong summer, attending a showcase camps in Georgia, North Carolina, Delaware and Maryland. His best week came right after a particular phone call was made.
“After I committed [in early June], I had the best camp I ever had in my life; it was the best week of baseball games I ever played, all linked into my decision,” Slagle said. “I can focus on baseball this spring. The goal is to win the league this year, and academically, I want to maintain my GPA. Making this decision is so relaxing.”