When the Great Lake Canadians decided to implement a college tour in the fall, their goals were to introduce players to a variety of different universities south of the border and create more opportunities for exposure. Blake Jacklin (St. Jacobs, ON), an 18U OF, took full advantage of this opportunity. GLC was originally scheduled to play a game at Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI). Due to some bad weather, the game was cancelled and they were limited to an indoor workout, but that was all Blake would need to catch the eye of the Davenport staff. Blake signed his letter of intent this past fall to join the Panthers this coming September.
Davenport University is known for its strong business program, which was a major selling feature for Jacklin and his family. Add in a baseball program with a tradition of winning and strong history of player development and this GLIAC Conference powerhouse turned into a great fit for the 18 year old Outfielder.
“The deciding factors to go with to Davenport were the facilities, coaches, dorms and especially the academic program offered. I wanted a school where I could get a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree” Jacklin says.
A strong work ethic is something Blake has been known for throughout his four years in the program and because of this, finding the right fit at the next level was no surprise to 17U GLC Manager Brock Kjeldgaard
“Blake is a very athletic, hard working young man who has steadily improved since the day he stepped foot into our program. I have no doubt this trend will continue throughout his college career at Davenport.”
Although his work ethic has helped immensely, especially as a player who transitioned from an infielder to an outfielder over the course of 2 seasons, Blake credits the staff for helping him make the transition smoothly and helping him develop into a legitimate NCAA calibre outfielder.
“GLC has helped shape me into the person I am today– on and off the field. I wouldn’t be in the same position without the guidance from all the coaches throughout my four year tenure with GLC. Most notably in my GLC career, if it weren’t for the awesome coaches, transitioning from the infield to the outfield would have been a nightmare. I will be forever grateful with all the skill and knowledge I have grasped from being a Great Lake Canadian.”
Words of Advice for the next generation or GLC players:
“Focus on academics. Work just as or more hard in the classroom as you do on the baseball field. Without my academics, I wouldn’t be able to go to Davenport. Academics plays a huge role in finding the right fit.” – Blake Jacklin GLC 2020