Pitcher Taylor Goshen looked at the view from the All-American Club atop Eck Stadium and knew he wanted to play on that field.
“It was an easy decision,” he said. “I knew as soon as I got on that field I’d have a very good goal — All-American.”
Goshen (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) is a senior at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll. He said he plans to sign with Wichita State in November. He visited with a criteria in mind and checked all the boxes.
“I wanted to play as a freshman,” he said. “I wanted to play three years there and then, hopefully, get a good spot in the draft. And play in the NCAA tournament.”
Goshen said he his fastball runs 87-91 mph, with a sinking action. He also throws a curveball and a circle changeup and wants to add a cutter before coming to WSU.
Goshen said Ball State and Morehead State offered him a scholarship and he was talking with Indiana and Purdue. Getting away from home appealed to him, as did the enthusiasm of Shocker coach Todd Butler and his assistants.
“I loved the energy,” Goshen said. “I knew we were going to get business done.”
Goshen is the ninth known commitment, the fourth pitcher, from the class of 2014, all high school athletes. He joins Bishop Carroll catcher Taylor Sanagorski, Rockhurst (Mo.) shortstop Trey Vickers, Manhattan outfielder Bret Fehr, Shawnee Mission East utility player Gunnar Troutwine, pitcher Matt Whalen, from Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Andale-Garden Plain pitcher Tyler Jones, Owasso (Okla.) left-handed pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt and Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek shortstop Jordan Boyer.