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CN's McDaniel commits to Purdue for baseball
May 2, 2014Columbus North High School
Columbus North sophomore Brice McDaniel has made an oral commitment to play baseball at Purdue University.
A 6-1, 210-pound first baseman-pitcher, McDaniel is hitting .389 with 14 hits in 36 at-bats so far this season for the 9-2-1 Bull Dogs. He has scored 11 runs while producing two doubles, one triple and six RBIs. As a freshman in 2013, McDaniel hit .316 with 12 RBIs.
On the mound, McDaniel is 2-0 in 6 2/3 innings over four appearances. He has allowed no earned runs with just seven hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out five while facing 31 batters.
"If I had waited, maybe there could have been a few more schools involved," McDaniel told The Republic. "But I didn't let it get to the point where it was super hectic."
An aspiring engineer, McDaniel mentioned the combination of academics and baseball at Purdue as factors in his decision. The school is noted for its prowess in producing engineers, and the baseball program has a state-of-the-art facility in Alexander Field and stability in coaching with Doug Schreiber at the helm since the 1999 season.
"The field is amazing," McDaniel told the newspaper. "It's brand new and is grass, which I like better than turf. I love the campus, and it's the best coaching staff that I had met."
McDaniel's commitment is not binding until he signs a national letter of intent, which he expects to do in November 2015. He will join the Boilermakers for the 2017 season following graduation from Columbus North in June 2016.
McDaniel will be joining a Purdue program that is 12-29 overall and 5-10 in the Big Ten so far this season. The Boilers went 17-34 overall and 6-18 in the Big Ten in 2013. That followed a 2012 campaign when Purdue posted a 45-14 record, a 17-7 Big Ten mark and qualified for NCAA Regional competition.
Columbus North coach Ben McDaniel, Brice's father, was delighted for his son.
"It was definitely early," Ben McDaniel said of Brice's decision timing. "I wanted him to enjoy the recruiting process, but Purdue came along and made him a very good offer. In the end, I don't know if he would have found a better fit."
NCAA rules prohibit Schreiber from discussing McDaniel or any other prospect until the prospect has signed a national letter of intent. Schreiber entered the 2014 season with a 442-396 record in 15 seasons with the Boilers, including a 213-203 slate in conference games.
Schreiber, son of former LaPorte High School coach Ken Schreiber, previously was an assistant coach at Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ball State and Butler. Schreiber played in high school for his father and was a four-year starter at second base for Purdue from 1983-86.