Chalk Up Another Recruiting Success for the Tigers
|2004-05-21 10:42:11.0- -|
Q & A with Clemson baseball signee Brad Chalk
Accolades: All-Region, past three years, All-State past two years,
Gatorade State Player of the Year, 16-under Team USA, 18-under Team USA,
All-tournament selection both years playing for Team USA, Second highest
batting average in Team USA history, Second highest stolen base total in
16-under Team USA history, lettered four years for back-to-back South
Carolina AAA State Champions, Riverside High School.
Q: What is your height and weight?
A: I’m 6'1' 175
Q: Where do you stand regarding the possibilities of being taken in the draft?
A: It depends if someone is willing to take a risk on me, especially after
this back problem I’ve been having. I think my status has dropped a little
bit, but when my back is better it will probably shed a little more light on
that. I think it’s every kid’s dream to play professional baseball, but then
again its also a lot of kids’ dreams to play ball in college, especially
Clemson. It would probably take some really good money.
Q: Is there a certain threshold that you’d say it would take for you to
decide to forego college and enter the draft?
A: I’d say at least in the top ten rounds, that sounds like a good range.
Q: Do you know any of the current signees?
A: I know Taylor Harbin really well, but I also know Neil Walker, I roomed
with him on Team USA. He’s a switch hitting catcher from Pennsylvania.
Q: What other schools did you look at?
A: A lot of people think that it was only Carolina and Clemson that were
after me, but Carolina didn’t look at me much, and I don’t like Columbia, I
think it’s a dirty place. I was looking out west in California. Places like
Stanford and Cal. State-Fullerton were both recruiting me pretty hard, but
both backed off after I verbally committed to Clemson.
Q: What professional baseball player do you model your game after?
A: I’d say Johnny Damon.
Q: Describe how Clemson’s atmosphere contributed to your decision to play
A: I think everyone around the country knows that Clemson is a college town.
I didn’t want to go to a place that was a big city. Clemson is more of a
town, and its more of an open area. They take their sports very seriously,
football obviously, but they are really serious about baseball as well. They
love baseball. They’ve got dedicated fans who show up every series. And
during post-season time you won’t find it much better.
Q: I’ve got to ask at least one silly question. Here it goes. What is your
A: Country fried steak.
Q: Who would you say has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Probably my mom. She’s always been there. She was always the one throwing
baseballs to me when I was young. I wouldn’t be anywhere I am now without my
Q: What would you say are your strong points and weaknesses?
A: My strong point would probably be hitting, speed, getting on base, just
producing runs. I’m good at defense, but I think college baseball is really
becoming more of a hitting game. As far as weaknesses go, I’m not going to
put up 13 home runs on the board like a guy like McCann, I’m not big on
Q: When you had the second highest batting average in Team USA history, what
Q: What did you hit this year?
A: .350 or something like that. It was a pretty bad year. It was pretty rough.
Q: Describe the recruiting process.
A: I think it started off when I went to camp, my Freshman year. I think I
caught some people’s eyes that year, and later letters started coming in, I
started getting phone calls. I took some unofficial visits and hung out with
some of the guys I already knew on the team. Me and Taylor Harbin probably
committed a week between each other, the summer before our junior years. The
coaching staff at Clemson is so honest. Some coaches for college baseball
teams just tell recruits what they want to hear. Clemson on the other hand
give you realistic expectations on what you’re going to see your Freshman
year. They give it to you and you can take it or leave it. That’s the way
Q: Have you ever been to TheTigerNet.com?
A: No, but I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m going to check it out.