Former Little League Celebrity Commits To Tigers

Seale, Ala.–Coach Tommy Slater and his staff continue to stay busy on the recruiting trail as another one of Alabama's top baseball prospects for 2005-06 has committed to the Auburn Tigers.

Pitcher/outfielder Colby Rasmus from Russell County High tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that the choice came down to location and a few familiar faces joining him on the roster and that made Auburn the logical selection.

"It was a tough decision," Rasmus tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's just close to the house and I wanted for my family to be able to come and watch me. A few of my friends committed as well. A friend from Prattville (Evan Crawford) committed right after me. Another friend I have been playing with since I was five years old (Brandon Monk from LaGrange, Ga.) committed the day before me. I knew I would have fun there and Auburn is going to be good. Having both of them there was icing on the cake."

A starter since his freshman season for Russell County, the 6-2, 180 Rasmus has been a part of an outstanding run for the baseball program since he suited up for the varsity.

Last season Rasmus hit .490 with 18 home runs and 2-3 on the mound after battling through some arm problems for much of the year. As a freshman he finished the year with a 10-1 record and an 0.83 earned run average. He struck out 107 in just 76 innings. His sophomore year he won six games on the mound. Those numbers garnered him plenty of college attention before he decided on Auburn.

"I was looking at LSU, Alabama, South Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee," Rasmus says. "I had offers from LSU, Alabama and South Alabama. All of the schools wanted me to visit the campus and then they were going to offer me, but it never got that far."

Considered a college prospect both as an outfielder and pitcher, Rasmus says he hopes to do both for the Tigers in the future. That is something he's always done dating back to his days playing Little League baseball. Unlike most kids his age though, his Little League experience is one many remember being a part of.

Playing for his father and with brother Cory Rasmus along with Monk, Colby led Phenix City's team all the way to the World Series where they won the U.S. Championship before losing in the final game 5-0 to Osaka, Japan in front of 42,000 spectators at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Penn. Rasmus says that experience is one he'll never forget and has prepared him well for his future in baseball.

"It helped me a lot," Rasmus says. "If a bunch of people are there or scouts are there it doesn't really bother me. I don't really get nervous or anything like that."

Rasmus has been busy this summer, playing ball with a team from Dallas as well as a team out of Ohio. While preparing for his senior year at Russell County High, Rasmus says that he'll also get plenty more baseball in before school starts back in August.

"I'm leaving next week for Wilmington, N.C., to go to the East Coast Showcase," Rasmus says. "I'm playing with the White Sox. A scout picks players for his team and then they play different teams. Right after that I'll go to Ohio and that's where I'll be playing the rest of the summer. It's kind of like the Cape Cod League. We're going to be a high school team playing the college players."

Rasmus is expected to get a look at both pitcher and outfield for Auburn when he arrives on campus in the fall of 2005.

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