In addition to the excitement of the University of Louisville becoming an official member of the ACC on Tuesday, baseball head coach Dan McDonnell received a commitment from one of the top in-state prospects in the Class of 2016.
Daviess County (Ky.) High School's Stewart Currie, a 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher, became the latest baseball prospect from the Owensboro area to become a Cardinal. Cole Sturgeon, a senior captain for the Cardinals last season, and freshman RHP Mason Richardson, among others from the city located 100 miles southwest of Belknap Campus to play for head coach Dan McDonnell.
"There's not one bad thing that I could say about Louisville," Currie told Cardinal Authority on Wednesday. "Everything impressed me: the field, the coaches, the upcoming student life.
"It was all very impressive."
Currie spurned interest from Cincinnati, Kentucky and others before making the decision to become a Cardinal.
"Louisville got the first visit, and that was all it took," Daviess County baseball head coach Brandon Dennis said. "He felt that he knew where he needed to be after meeting the coaching staff and touring the campus."
The opportunity to throw for Cardinals pitching coach Roger Williams was key in his decision to commit.
"He's one of the best pitching coaches in the country," Currie said. "Especially with tall pitchers like myself. He's the one that really sealed the deal for me to go there. He knows his stuff, his track record proves that, and he knows how to get guys to the next level."
Currie went 7-2 with a 0.89 ERA as a sophomore, helping Daviess County earn a spot in the state playoffs. A 3rd Team All-State selection last season, Currie, who also plays basketball at Daviess County, continues to develop on the mound.
"As a two sport athlete, Stewart has a great deal of untapped potential," said Dennis. "Most of his success up to this point has been achieved by combining his natural talents and abilities with the work he was able to put in from early March to early June. Two of his biggest strengths are his physical assets and his competitive nature - developed by being a two sport star."
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