COLLEGE BASEBALL

Lake Central's Ryan Burvan picks Purdue

2013-06-12T17:11:00Z 2013-06-13T01:20:04Z Lake Central's Ryan Burvan picks PurdueHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

Ryan Burvan's father started video taping his son's at-bats this baseball season in part as a memento, but mostly to help the Lake Central senior analyze his swing.

Last season, Burvan was a .352 hitter for the Indians and he wanted to improve his swing for his final year.

Burvan's average ballooned, and he can thank his father's diligence with the video camera for helping him bank on his talent.

"About halfway through the season we started sending video out to schools," Burvan said. "I'm glad it worked out."

Burvan gave his dad an early Father's Day present by committing to Purdue, the alma mater of both of his parents, on Wednesday.

Burvan had already enrolled at Alabama, thinking he wouldn't be playing baseball after high school.

Six weeks ago, as he was hitting .491 for the Indians, he decided to send out the tapes his father had shot. 

"I'm so happy for him that on short notice he found a spot," Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor said.

Sandor said several Division I schools were interested, but needed to find space on their rosters so late in the recruiting process.

"We sent the videos to about 75 different schools," Sandor said. "So many of them said they'd know more after the draft. Their rosters were set, they didn't know if they'd have space for him."

Meanwhile, Burvan was breaking records at the school, setting a new mark for hits with 57 and runs with 51.

"I've grown up a Purdue fan," Burvan said. "My whole room is decked out in Purdue gear. It's been a childhood dream to play on their field. Once they offered me a spot, it really wasn't much of a hard decision to make."

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