Baseball Tigers Get One Of Country's Best

One of the nation's top prospects has given a verbal commitment to Tommy Slater and the Auburn baseball program.

Atlanta, Ga.-–Even though Auburn lost out on older brother Colby Rasmus when he was drafted in the first round of the Major League draft, the family isn't done with the Tigers just yet as versatile junior Cory Rasmus have given his commitment to the Tigers adding to a very strong class being put together by coach Tommy Slater for 2007.

"They gave me a pretty good offer last fall sometime," Rasmus tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Since then I have talked with the coaches a little bit. I've been down a couple of times and met them. They seem like they are good guys and they seem like they knew a lot about what they are trying to do there. It just feels like the best place for me."

A very good student, Rasmus had offers from baseball powerhouses such as Stanford, but says that he really considered just three other schools before choosing the Tigers.

"I was considering Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss a little bit too," Rasmus says. "That's about it."

Rasmus (right) holds fellow Auburn commitment Joseph Sanders on at first base during a playoff game last season. Sanders was the only pitcher to beat Russell County last season as the Warriors lost just once all year.

A standout for Russell County last season on the mound, at the plate and in the field, the 6-0, 200 Rasmus had an almost unbelievable year as the Warriors won the Class 5A State Championship and were also crowned national champions by several publications. At the plate Rasmus hit .426 with 16 home runs. On the mound he was 11-0 with an ERA of just 0.50. As a sophomore he had 20 doubles and 73 hits, which is the second best single season total in Alabama history.

Much like his older brother, who was dominating in the field and on the mound, Cory has the ability to pitch or play a position in college. In high school Rasmus plays first base when he's not on the mound, but he also can catch and play third base in a pinch. He says that the Auburn coaches have told him he'll get ample opportunities to hit and pitch when he comes to Auburn.

This summer Cory has been busy playing in tournaments with his summer team, the Ohio Warhawks, while also juggling a tryout for the U.S. Junior National Team. He also managed to squeeze in an appearance at the Perfect Game National Showcase at Turner Field in the meantime. He says that his travels and the competition have made him a better player.

"This whole month I have been (on the road)," Rasmus says. "I went to Joplin (Missouri) for the U.S Trials and then I went to Atlanta for the national showcase. It has all been a good experience for me. I get to see what else is out there. I don't just sit here in my hometown and play with a few guys that are good, I get out there and play against guys that are the best in the country. I get to see what it's like out there in the real world I guess you could say. It helps me a lot and helps to reach the top of my game. It makes me get better."

In August, Cory will join high school teammate Kasey Kiker for the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic to be played at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. The game, scheduled to be shown on Fox Sports Net, is set for August 13 and will feature some of the top upcoming seniors in the country.

Until then Rasmus will be busy playing in the World Wood Bat championships in Atlanta and keeping up with brother Colby as he lives out his dream of playing professional baseball. Currently Colby is with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in Johnson City, Tenn., and Cory says that he's having a good summer so far.

"He's doing pretty good now," Cory says of his older brother. "He went through a little spell there when he was lifting every day before he played, but since then he's been lifting afterwards and hitting good. He's got his average up from .239 at his lowest to .328 now."

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