Wheaton grad signs with Central Methodist
Wheaton High School standout Tyler Musick has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Central Methodist University in Fayette next season.
"I am excited and nervous," said Musick. "College ball is a step up from what I am used to playing. I feel like I am ready for the challenge."
Musick was a multi-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, but baseball was always his passion.
"The game always appealed to me," said Musick. "I started playing baseball when I was little, and I just grew to love it."
Musick earned All-Conference and All-District accolades during his prep tenure at Wheaton. He chose the CMU Eagles over Crowder College and Missouri Valley.
"I met with the (Methodist) coaching staff, and we hit it off," said Musick. "Once I saw the campus and the facilities, I knew this was the place for me."
Musick stated that he would compete for playing time at shortstop and third base, both positions he played in high school.
The biggest challenge for Musick is being ready when the opportunity comes.
"I have to put a lot of work in this summer and in the offseason," said Mu- sick. "At college, coaches won't stop practice to work with just one player on a specific problem. I have to be willing to fix any issues on my own time. I have to learn from my mistakes and have the focus and dedication to succeed."
Musick said that the greatest high school baseball memory he had was his freshman season playing with his older brother, James (who was a senior at the time), at Hammons Field in Springfield against East Newton.
"I think we lost the game," said Musick. "But playing in such a nice facility and playing with my brother one last time is an experience I will never forget."
Musick is undecided on a major. He is the son of Jeff and Donna Musick. "I would tell all young athletes to never give up on their dream," said Musick. "Every athlete will have struggles. It is the ones who work through
them that rise to the top."