CP: I guess the obvious, what led to this decision, as it seems to have come pretty quickly?
AC: I loved playing ball here and the atmosphere, but I had a lot of problems with the academic side. It wasn't the grades though. I have 3 As and a C. It was mostly the distance from home that made me struggle with the school part because it just affected me off the field.
CP: There was an excitement during your visits and obviously leading up to your commitment. Was Ole Miss different than you expected and/or did distance from home play a role?
AC: Ole Miss was everything I expected it to be with the baseball side of it, but I made a mistake when I didn't take the school part into consideration when I was choosing to come here.
CP: How do you evaluate your year up until this past week?
AC: I thought it was okay. I would have liked to hit a lot better and I think I would have eventually come a long way. We were only halfway through the season so there was much more room for improvement, and I was working hard. I had been hitting every night off the tee and just doing some things to improve as a player.
CP: I would assume that you were pretty close with Coach Dan McDonnell. Does his absence leave a void that maybe you weren't expecting?
AC: Yeah that is part of it, but I understand that changes do happen and you can't really do anything about it except do what is best with what you have and that is what I was doing with baseball. But like I said, I really just feel like I would be more successful in the classroom and on the field if I were closer to home.
CP: Even with it early, what are your plans from here as far as transferring? Any frontrunners for that? What will you look for in a school?
AC: Yeah, I am going to transfer. I am going to keep my options open for now and see what happens, but I have some options that I am pretty happy about.
CP: Many recruits are highly touted, but you had numerous comparisons to Stephen Head. Possibly unneeded for pressure?
AC: No, no pressure. I never thought about those comparisons so there wasn't any pressure. I enjoyed playing ball here, but I just think it's in my best interest to make a change. I have the utmost respect for Coach Bianco and his program, and I wish them well.
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