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Columbus North's Mann commits to Louisville for baseball
September 11, 2013Columbus North High School
Columbus North junior Devin Mann announced that he has made an oral commitment to play baseball at the University of Louisville.
A 6-2, 195-pound shortstop, Mann hit a school-record .532 as a sophomore in 2013 with 42 hits in 79 at-bats. He also produced 11 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 32 RBI and a school-record 30 stolen bases for the season while being selected Class 4A honorable mention all-state by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. Mann was one of just two sophomores on the entire IHSBCA Class 4A all-state team.
As a freshman in 2012, Mann hit .418 with 33 hits in 79 at-bats, including six doubles, one triple, one HR and 16 RBI for the Bull Dogs.
"Committed to play baseball at the University of Louisville," Mann said Tuesday (Sept. 10) via Twitter. "This feeling is unbelievable."
Mann's commitment is not binding until he signs a national letter of intent, which he expects to do in November 2014. He will join the Cardinals for the 2016 season following graduation from Columbus North in June 2015.
Mann will be joining a Louisville program that went 51-14 in 2013, advanced to the College World Series in Omaha and posted a 20-4 mark to win the Big East Conference championship. The Cardinals completed the season as the nation's eighth-ranked team.
(In conference shuffling that is occurring at he collegiate level, the University of Louisville is a member of the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14. The Cardinals will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning in 2014-15.)
NCAA rules prohibit Louisville coach Dan McDonnell from discussing Mann or any other prospect until the prospect has signed a national letter of intent. McDonnell has a 309-142 record in seven seasons as the Cardinals' head coach. A graduate of The Citadel, McDonnell served as an assistant coach at his alma mater and the University of Mississippi prior to taking over the UofL program.
As a sophomore, Mann’s batting average eclipsed the previous Columbus North season mark of .500 set by Hunter McIntosh in 2011, and Mann’s 42 hits were one off the school record of 43 set by Steve Pavey in 1971 and matched by McIntosh in 2011. Mann’s 11 doubles tied a school record set by Tony Nelson in 1993, and Mann’s 30 stolen bases set a school mark, one better than previous standard by Mark Newell in 1987.
Mann’s 32 RBIs were second in CN annals, behind the 38 by Dan Shoultz in 1978. Mann’s seven HRs also were second in school history, behind 10 by Troy Harrison in 1984. Mann’s 32 runs also were second for a CN season, one behind the 33 Rick Risley scored in 1986.
Mann talks with 'Prep Baseball Report'
Mann discussed his commitment to Louisville in detail with Prep Baseball Report, a web site devoted to covering high school baseball. Here is what Mann told Phil Wade, director of PBR.
PBR: Why did you choose Louisville and were there any other schools you were considering?
Mann: I was considering Kentucky and Western Kentucky, those were the main two. But Louisville’s facilities were awesome and I like the coaching staff.
PBR: What was the experience like for you at the Midwest Future Games this August?
Mann: The Midwest Future Games were amazing! They had a great set up, and everything was great. The guys were awesome!
PBR: Where did Louisville first see you compete and when did you take your first visit?
Mann: They first saw me in Georgia. I took my first visit about four weeks ago.
PBR: You play for the Indiana Bulls in the summer. Talk about your experience playing for them.
Mann: The Bulls have also played a huge part in my decision. They have done so much for me, and opened so many doors for me.
PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher you’ve faced in Indiana?
Mann: The toughest pitcher I have faced in Indiana would be Jarrett Montgomery (junior right-hander from Lawrence Central). He's a stud!
PBR: Now that you’ve committed, do you feel a weight has been lifted off your shoulders going into next season?
Mann: Yes, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
PBR: What are your goals personally and as a team this high school season?
Mann: We definitely are building off of what we had last year. We were a young team with a lot of new players. We also have a new coach, Ben McDaniel, who is helping all of us tremendously and holding us accountable. We are all very pumped and want a sectional title. We feel like we have the talent and should get nothing less than that!