Windermere High junior pitcher Carson Crossley committed to FAU.
The kudos rolled in for Windermere High junior pitcher Carson Crossley Nov. 26 after he announced his commitment to Florida Atlantic University. In the meantime, Crossley, a Windermere native, will be a leader for the new Wolverines baseball program when it begins play this spring.
What was it about FAU that set it apart?
Ultimately, I knew I wanted to stay in-state, and obviously, I love the beach. I love what coach (John McCormack) and FAU Baseball has to offer, and the success they’ve had. I know I’m going to be successful there.
What was it like to get congratulations and compliments from family and friends after you committed?
It was surreal. I’ve worked hard all my life, and for everything to come to one piece, it’s just amazing. I couldn’t have done it without people along the way, and I appreciate them.
How excited are you to be part of a new program?
I’m very excited. We get to start something new and leave a legacy. Obviously, being the first class to graduate at Windermere High School, it’s very exciting. I feel like if we keep working hard, we’ll be successful here these two years.
What did you learn about this team from the fall season?
Obviously, we don’t have a senior class, so we don’t have that senior leadership. Some of us juniors have to step in and lead the younger ones and show them the steps of what the future is here at Windermere High School.
How excited are you about some of the uniform combinations that the program will be debuting this spring?
It’s awesome, man. You look good, you feel good, and you play good. These are just one of the uniform combinations, and I’m excited with all of them.
Who is a professional pitcher after whom you model your game?
Probably Max Scherzer, just because of the competitiveness he has and the fire he has when he goes out there every time. I try to really model my game after him and compete as much as I can.
What are you working to improve on?
There’s room for improvement on everything, but if I had to focus on one thing, it would definitely be my breaking ball. I need to learn how to throw that consistently for a strike and keep the hitters off balance.
What are you watching on TV on a rainy day when you’re stuck inside?
Actually, “SportsCenter” and “First Take” with Stephen A. (Smith). I love the debates he has.
The College Football Playoff bracket has been announced. Who do you think wins it all?
If I had to choose the championship, it will be Clemson and Oklahoma. I feel like Oklahoma is going to come out on top because of Baker Mayfield.
What are you looking forward to the most about Christmas?
Just being together with my family and celebrating what we’ve accomplished. Just being together as a family, it’s awesome — it really, truly is a blessing.
What’s your dream job?
Probably to be a general manager for a sports team.