Fargo Post 400 pitcher Drew Rerick commits to Missouri
Rerick is entering his junior year at Davies High School and has spent the last few seasons within the Post 400 program.
FARGO — A Fargo Post 400 baseball player has found his future home in NCAA Division I.
Stars pitcher Drew Rerick will continue his academic and baseball career at the University of Missouri in 2024, announcing his commitment to the Tigers program on social media Monday.
Super excited to announce my commitment to The University of Missouri to continue my academic and baseball career! Thank you to all my coaches, friends, and family who have helped get me to where I am today! #MIZ🐯@MizzouBaseball @PBRMinnesota @Post400Baseball @dakota_selects pic.twitter.com/fA8IW4gevC— Drew Rerick (@drewrerick) August 9, 2022
Rerick is a junior at Davies High School and has spent the last few seasons with the Fargo Legion Post 400 program. He said he landed on Mizzou for multiple reasons, one being that the Tigers compete in Southeastern Conference, statistically the top conference in Division I.
"From a program standpoint I liked everything about it," Rerick said. "Starting with the top-notch facilities in which they said they are set to even improve more with plans for a new stadium and indoor facilities. Another big thing was that they play in the SEC, which is the No. 1 conference in college baseball."
Coaching was another factor in Rerick's decision, with a staff that brings Major League Baseball experience to the table.
"As far as the coaching goes, I liked my time with them (last) weekend and thought I fit in with them and they were all super cool," Rerick said. "A thing that was really intriguing was their new pitching coach (Ricky Meinhold). He spent his time in the past working as the head of pitching development with the New York Mets. He said he worked with and helped develop guys like Jacob deGrom. I wanted to go to a place where not only can I play the top-level competition, but also get the highest level of development to achieve my dreams of playing in the MLB. Overall, I felt super comfortable there and thought it would be a great place to be."
Steve Bieser will enter his seventh season as the head coach of Mizzou in 2023. He's led the Tigers to a 158-131-1 record in his first six seasons.
Mizzou last advanced to the College World Series in 1964 and won the World Series in 1954. The Tigers' last SEC tournament championship came in 2012.
Rerick said his decision to commit to Mizzou came shortly after attending the team's futures camp last weekend. He made the call to his future coach on the 10-hour drive from Columbia, Missouri back to Fargo.
"I was down at Mizzou this past weekend for their futures camp which I had been invited to a couple months ago," Rerick said. "When we got the invite to the camp, my dad and I were talking and thought that this was a great opportunity, so we decided to go. On Saturday, I got a full tour of all the athletic facilities and the whole campus and buildings. When I was going through the facilities and campus, I felt that it was a great place to be and I felt I would fit in well.
"On Sunday, I got to actually throw against live hitters in a simulated game, and I felt like I threw very well. On my 10-hour car ride home, my dad and I were talking about the opportunity and then I called the coach about four hours in and told him I looked forward to being a future Tiger."
The recruiting process for Rerick was short but daunting in regard to making the decision that's best for him.
"My recruiting process wasn’t super long," Rerick said. "I started getting in contact with coaches this winter and started building good relationships with some colleges. Throughout the season I had plenty of coaches come and watch my games and came away with some great offers. The decision was difficult in a sense that I had a couple really good offers that I just needed to figure out where would be best for me."
Rerick said competing on the big stage that is SEC college baseball is what he's looking forward to the most.
"The biggest thing I am looking forward to about playing D1 baseball is the competition," he said. "I look forward to competing with the top teams in the country, with the top facilities and with super big crowds in attendance. I also look forward to going to a good school that has everything that I need."