By Jon Feyen
College coaches don’t just evaluate a recruit’s athletic ability. At elite academic schools, they make sure the prospect can also meet a university’s academic standards. Dylan Hunt clearly achieved both requirements as he committed to play baseball for Lawrence University, an NCAA Division III program in Wisconsin.
Hunt, a 2020 infielder from Menomonee Falls, Wis., had a wide range of colleges recruiting him because of his 32 ACT score. He plans on majoring in economics.
“The familial culture and academic standing at Lawrence were two of the many things that led me to commit there,” Hunt said. “Everything about the school made me comfortable about spending the next four years of my life there.”
During Hunt’s junior season at Marquette University High School, he posted a .386 on-base percentage with five doubles. Hunt’s numbers also include a 93 mph exit velocity off the bat.
“I am thrilled to have the chance to continue playing baseball collegiately,” Hunt said. “Before ScoutU, I thought that I would most likely not be playing college baseball, and ScoutU has allowed this to become a reality.”
ScoutU’s Jason Lauren saw a bright future for Hunt, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 215 pounds.
“With his size, Dylan has a ton of power potential,” Lauren said. “He has great bat speed and an excellent swing. He played behind upperclassmen at his high school, so he didn’t have an opportunity to put up big numbers, but when he got his chance to play, he excelled. I expect him to be an impact player at Lawrence, and I’m happy that he found a great college fit for him.”
Lauren knows that colleges were attracted by Hunt’s strong academics, in addition to his high character.
“When I first think of Dylan, what stands out to me is just how mature and sharp of a kid he is,” Lauren said. “In my 12 years of working with athletes, he definitely stands out in those regards. His mother passed away 4 years ago, he has a special-needs younger brother and a younger sister who he’s taken on a lot of responsibility for. And even with all of that additional responsibility, he found time to do 141 volunteer hours and excel academically at a top-notch, private school.”
Hunt has put in the work — both on and off the field — for years. He was rewarded with a number of schools pursuing him and choose the one that best prepares him for a successful future.
“I’ve been contacted by more colleges than I can count,” Hunt said. “Since using ScoutU, I have had a variety of coaches texting, calling and emailing me. Jason and ScoutU really put my name out there and exposed me to college coaches. Before ScoutU, I wasn’t anticipating playing college baseball, but now I am able to live out that dream at a fantastic school that checks a lot of other boxes for me.”
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