Munster pitcher Connor Manous won't have his driver's license until next week, but he's already picked a college to take his baseball talents.
On his second trip to the University of Miami in Florida, Manous committed to become a pitcher for the Hurricanes after he graduates in 2016.
"I loved the campus and the coaches," Manous said. "It's a great baseball school and it just really felt like home."
Manous was 7-1 with a save and 0.48 ERA for the Mustangs as a sophomore. He threw in 43 2/3 innings with 54 strikeouts.
"Number one, (Miami) is getting a fantastic young man," Munster baseball coach Bob Shinkan said. "Baseball wise, he's just a sophomore now so he has a couple of years of being able to grow a little bit and get stronger and bigger. He's very self-driven, so he's doing everything he can just to try to be his best."
Shinkan said that Manous is the first player from his program to commit to a college before his junior season.
Miami lost to Texas Tech this year in the NCAA postseason at the Coral Gables Regional Championship. The Hurricanes have appeared in the postseason every year since 1973, winning the College World Series in 1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001.
Manous said that he also had an offer from the University of Florida. As soon as he stepped onto the campus at Miami, Manous knew he was ready to commit.
"I just fell in love with the campus," Manous said. "It felt like home."