CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – Tulane University (New Orleans, La.) took another step in the right direction when they recently landed Marietta, Ga. native Tyler Heinrichs, listed by Perfect Game as a primary outfielder. Heinrichs is the highest ranked recruit Tulane has added to their 2015 class so far.
The 6-foot-2 outfielder started talking to schools last summer during his busy travel baseball circuit. His decision came down to Tulane, Duke, and William & Mary, although he already which school he would choose.
“I kind of knew in my mind where I wanted to go,” said Heinrichs. “I thought Tulane was the best fit for me, academically and baseball-wise. I really liked the coach there and just thought it was the best fit for me.”
Tulane University had already been on the map for Heinrichs, whose parents both received their master’s degrees there. It only took him one visit to the New Orleans-based university to give him that gut-feeling all kids get when they decide where to attend college.
“It’s a big relief to know that I’m gonna go to collage at somewhere I want to be at and play baseball with a good team,” Heinrichs said. “It makes the summer a little easier too.”
The Georgia native started talking to schools last summer and took his time before announcing he would be heading to the bayou state.
“I had to think a lot about where I wanted to go and make a hard decision about which school was the best fit for me,” said Heinrichs.
In the end, Heinrichs decided he would call Tulane University home. The Green Wave baseball program is a storied one, led by head coach Rick Jones. The Conference-USA member has made College World Series appearances in 2001 and 2005.
Heinrichs, ranked No. 274 nationally for the 2015 high school class, No. 52 ranked outfielder in the class, and No. 31 ranked player in Georgia, impressed scouts at the Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase-Main Event in Ft. Myers, Fla. this past December when he ran a 6.73-second 60-yard dash and was clocked throwing 91 mph from the outfield.
“Going to Perfect Game events helped a lot with my recruiting because of all the scouts that were there and all of the showcase tests that were set up,” mentioned Heinrichs, who is a veteran of 15 Perfect Game tournaments and showcases.
He joins the 2015 recruiting class Of Tulane University as their highest-ranked prospect to this point. Tulane has three players committed, all in Perfect Game’s Top 500. Their current 2015 recruiting class is ranked 63rd.