Leair gets late start, still lands at D2 school
ScoutU 2020 baseball prospect decides to stay close to home to play at Wisconsin-Parkside
June 5, 2020
By Jon Feyen
Every prospect has his or her criteria during the recruiting process. Some focus on staying close to home, while others prioritize academics or playing time. Fortunately for Andrew Leair, he was able to satisfy all those categories when he committed to play baseball at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
“I chose UW-Parkside because of the location, size and the competition at the D2 level,” Leair said. “Also, after meeting Coach (Daniel) Esposito and his staff, I believe they will make me the best possible player I can be, and it’s the right fit for me. Academically, I am excited to pursue sports management at UW-Parkside, which has the fifth-best program in the nation.”
Leair has all the tools coaches look for in a catcher, including a 75 mph arm and 7.06 speed in the 60-yard dash. His accolades extend to the football field, where he was an All-Conference running back for Muskego High School.
ScoutU’s Jason Lauren noticed Leair’s ability to hustle and lead his teammates. At the plate, Leair owns quick hands and adjusts well to off-speed pitches.
“Andrew is an exceptional athlete,” Lauren said. “Along with baseball, he also was a star running back for the two-time Division 1 state champion football team. His quick release and solid footwork behind the plate give him an exceptional 1.85 pop time. Andrew has a very high ceiling with his athleticism, and I’m sure he’ll have a great career at Parkside.”
After enrolling with ScoutU, Leair received more than 10 offers to play at the next level. This is despite it being November before many coaches found out about him.
“I was very late in the recruiting process,” Leair said. “Jason Lauren helped me catch up and get exposure to multiple colleges. Jason has a lot of knowledge and experience. He was able to guide my family and I through the recruiting process and helped find the perfect fit for me.”
Leair has been working toward this goal for years, but he knows that these opportunities aren’t very common. About 5% of high school athletes end up playing in college.
“The thought of being able to play baseball at the next level is something I never thought would become a reality,” Leair said. “Now that I have a chance to play, it makes me want to work even harder and enjoy the game more.”
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“I was very late in the recruiting process. Jason Lauren helped me catch up and get exposure to multiple colleges. Jason has a lot of knowledge and experience. He was able to guide my family and I through the recruiting process and helped find the perfect fit for me.”