Baseball standout Will Hesslink, a Shelburne native and upcoming senior at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, has committed to play baseball at Boston College. He joined the Shelburne News for an interview last week.
Shelburne News: How long have you been in touch with Boston College? How long have they been recruiting you?
Will Hesslink: The first time Boston College saw me was mid-June, and we were in contact for a while until they saw me again in late July. Then the process moved very quickly with a visit, leading to an offer.
SN: What other schools were you considering?
WH: I was considering many other schools in the Northeast as well as a couple in the Carolinas.
SN: What made the final decision for you? Close to home? Program? Coach?
WH: The school was overall a great fit for me from the academic standpoint, as well as the fact that they are in he ACC, which is a great conference for baseball. Also the campus was extremely nice and I enjoyed everything the school has to offer. The coach was also very nice and honest about what my role would be in their program and it seemed very appealing to me.
SN: Are you planning on attending BC in the fall of 2016 no matter what? Or could your potential draft position affect that?
WH: After I graduate Rice I will attend a prep school for a post-graduate year to prepare for Boston College, both academically and athletically. The draft is an option for some people, but I do not see it as an option for me because I have such a great opportunity at Boston College. It would be hard to pass up such a great academic opportunity.
SN: What are you most excited about going into your senior year?
WH: I am very excited to get back to school with my friends and teammates for my senior year, as well as getting an opportunity this spring at another state championship on the baseball field. It is always fun to bond and get to know the team better; our coach does a great job at making sure everybody is very close as a team.
SN: What are you doing this summer to prepare for your final season and BC after that?
WH: This summer I have been playing for North East Baseball, which is a great program based out of Massachusetts that helps kids throughout New England get seen and an opportunity to play at the collegiate level. So I will be doing the same program next year and will keep working on getting ready for college both athletically as well as academically.