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PURDUE BOUND: Col. City’s Bickle to play in Big Ten

August 22, 2013

Columbia City’s Jordan Bickle signed to play baseball at Purdue University for the spring of 2014. Pictured, back row, from left, are CCHS Athletic Director Geoff Penrod and CCHS Baseball Coach Zac Bireley. Front row, from left, are Bickle’s father, Jerry; Jordan, and his mother, Karen. Post & Mail photo / Wes Reynolds

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“I’m definitely on the team,” said Bickle when asked about his status on the Boilermakers spring roster.

Bickle’s path to playing collegiate baseball for the Boilermakers wasn’t a straight one. In fact, his mind was not made up until after graduation day at CCHS.

“Before sectionals, I was considering walking on at some other Division I schools, and I was looking at some smaller schools, too,” said Bickle.

A scout from Purdue then came to see Bickle play against Snider in Columbia City’s second round game of the 2013 IHSAA baseball sectionals.

“After sectionals, I had close to 15 schools contact me,” said Bickle. “I went down for a visit to Purdue, and their coaches said they weren’t sure they were going to guarantee me a roster spot yet. It would have been more of a recruited walk-on.

“After they came down and watched me again playing summer ball, they offered me a roster spot.”

Even though playing Division I baseball was a goal of Bickle’s, other factors played a role in his decision.

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