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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School 2013 graduate Jordan Bickle is headed to the Big Ten to play NCAA Division I baseball.
Bickle recently signed with Purdue University to play baseball in the 2014 season.
â€śIâ€™m definitely on the team,â€ť said Bickle when asked about his status on the Boilermakers spring roster.
Bickleâ€™s path to playing collegiate baseball for the Boilermakers wasnâ€™t a straight one. In fact, his mind was not made up until after graduation day at CCHS.
â€śBefore sectionals, I was considering walking on at some other Division I schools, and I was looking at some smaller schools, too,â€ť said Bickle.
A scout from Purdue then came to see Bickle play against Snider in Columbia Cityâ€™s second round game of the 2013 IHSAA baseball sectionals.
â€śAfter sectionals, I had close to 15 schools contact me,â€ť said Bickle. â€śI went down for a visit to Purdue, and their coaches said they werenâ€™t sure they were going to guarantee me a roster spot yet. It would have been more of a recruited walk-on.
â€śAfter they came down and watched me again playing summer ball, they offered me a roster spot.â€ť
Even though playing Division I baseball was a goal of Bickleâ€™s, other factors played a role in his decision.
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