From The Dugout: Introducing Future Duck Cole Wiper
Feb. 10, 2011
In November, Oregon baseball head coach George Horton announced his fourth signing class with the Ducks.
Throughout the winter, www.GoDucks.com will conduct Q&A’s with the future Ducks, who recently signed their National Letters of Intent with the UO during November’s early signing period.
Our seventh interviewee is right-hander Cole Wiper from Bellevue, Wash. Considered the No. 2-ranked recruit in the state of Washington (No. 111 nationally) according to PerfectGame Crosschecker, Wiper is set to begin his senior season at Newport High School.
Wiper, who was invited to the 18U USA Baseball tryouts, was also ranked No. 75 in the nation by Baseball America in the publication’s evaluation of the 2011 senior class. In the summer of 2010, Wiper played for the Washington Nationals in the Area Code Games with fellow signees Spencer O’Neil and Sam Johnson as well as current UO freshman Porter Clayton.
In the spring of 2010, Wiper was named to the Perfect Game USA Third Team Preseason HS Underclassman All American team.
GoDucks: Following the recruiting process, why did you decide to sign with Oregon?
Cole: I decided to go to Oregon because of the coaches. Coach Horton, Coach Checketts, Coach Kirby, and the rest of the staff make up what I think is the best coaching staff in the country. You can’t beat their experience and knowledge of the game of baseball. The staff knows how to make you the best baseball player you can be, and most importantly, the coaches know how to win.
GoDucks: Did you make a visit to Eugene, and what was your most memorable moment or place that you recall from your trip?
Cole: I made quite a few trips down to Eugene, but my most memorable time was the football game on my official visit against Washington. There’s nothing like a football game at Autzen Stadium. There is such a great atmosphere that gets you excited to be on campus as soon as possible and become a Duck.
GoDucks: Last summer you were able to play with future teammates Spencer O’Neil, Sam Johnson and Porter Clayton for the Washington Nationals in the Area Code games. What was it like playing with that group?
Cole: I had met Spencer, Sam and Porter before, but it was great to all be together on one team and hang out for a weekend. We also all had the chance to go on our official visits together, which brought us together even more. It’s a great group of guys that I can’t wait to join down in Eugene in an Oregon uniform.
GoDucks: Have you decided what you would like to major in at Oregon, and why?
Cole: Most likely business, but I’m not sure exactly what specialty in the field, possibly sports marketing.
GoDucks: Name the best place you have ever visited and why, as well as a place you most want to visit, and why?
Cole: Omaha, Nebraska. I traveled there quite a few years ago to watch the College World Series and had one of the best experiences of my life. I have always wanted to make it back to Omaha at some point and watch the CWS again, but now I want to make it back and play in it. And I truly believe that at some point while I’m a Duck, that will happen, and I can’t wait.
GoDucks: Who would you say has had the greatest influence on your life?
Cole: My parents. They have been my biggest supporters my whole life, and no matter what I was doing, they were there supporting me. I would never be where I’m at without them.
GoDucks: Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they?
Cole: When I’m jogging out to the mound, I can’t step on the chalk line. I don’t know why though. It’s just a habit.
GoDucks: What sporting event would you like to attend most?
Cole: I would love to see game 7 of a World Series. I think it would be one of the most exciting events ever.
Cole: I never made a little league all-star team when I was younger.