Most of the college sports headlines on February 1 belonged to football recruits. However, high school signees from numerous sports were recognized around the nation on that day. Quinn Lavelle, a Northwestern baseball recruit, was one of 28 student-athletes to take part in a signing day ceremony at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. The event was attended by local media, many happy parents and scores of fellow students.
Lavelle, a left handed pitcher, has been a starter for three years at St. Edward. Eagles head baseball coach Matt Rosinski is very confident in Lavelle’s ability to succeed at the Big Ten level. “Northwestern is getting one of the top left-handed pitchers in the state”, he said at the event. He also said that Lavelle “is regarded by his peers as maybe the best pitcher in the state, and he’s only going to get better.”
Northwestern baseball head coach Spencer Allen was a key factor in Lavelle’s decision, which was a tough one. He had been recruited by many schools, including Duke, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. “When I visited there I bonded with the coaches right away,” he said of Northwestern. Lavelle was also attracted by Allen’s energy and vision for NU baseball. “He’s really energetic, and passionate for the game, like [Coach] Rosinski.”
The recent renovation of Rocky Miller Park also helped. “That played a huge part in his decision” Quinn’s father, Bill, said. Bill attended the event wearing a big smile and an NU fleece. The fleece attracted comments from other attendees about Northwestern mens hoops tournament chances.
St. Edward, one of the top athletic powerhouses in Ohio, has become fertile recruiting territory for Northwestern in recent years. St. Edward alums Greg Kuhar, Deonte Gibson and Geoff Mogus have all recently played their college football in Evanston. Before that, NU successfully recruited Eagle wrestlers such as Ryan Lang and Brian Roddy. Lavelle believes that St. Edward prepared him for Northwestern both in the classroom and on the field. “The academics here prepare you for NU,” he said. “We play as tough a schedule as we can”.
Lavelle is a well-rounded student-athlete. He is an Honor Roll student at St. Edward, one of the strongest academic schools in Ohio. He also played three years of basketball for the Eagles, who are a perennial power in Ohio hoops. St. Edward basketball coach Eric Flannery is thrilled for Lavelle.
“Quinn is an exceptional young man with a tremendous amount of athletic talent,” Flannery said. “Northwestern is getting a class act and a tough competitor.”