Will Corn knew almost immediately that the first college campus he visited was the one he wanted to play baseball at in the future.
After two trips down to Southern Illinois University in 2013, Corn, a junior at Hiawatha, verbally committed to play baseball for the Salukis.
“SIU is the first school I ever went to. I felt that I loved it. I loved the facilities and everything they have to offer,” Corn said. “I like the rural community. It’s a big school with a small-town feel.
“I just want to thank my mom and dad and everybody that helped me along the way.”
As a sophomore, Corn led Hiawatha with a .508 batting average, 30 hits, 10 doubles and two home runs. He was second on the team with 23 runs and 22 RBIs, impressive stats considering opposing teams had a scouting report in his second season and pitched around him.
Corn was also a unanimous first team All-Little Ten selection for the second year and helped Hiawatha win the first regional championship in school history.
Corn first visited SIU last summer and got a tour of the campus while also watching a couple baseball games. He went back for another visit in December.
“The second visit I got to go inside the facilities and meet all the players and get a feel for how they interact,” Corn said. “I had a meeting with the coaches and he told me what scholarship they were going to offer me.”
Corn said he wanted to play in a warmer climate, but liked that he could still take a train home from the Carbondale campus.
But before Corn goes to SIU, he still wants to accomplish more at Hiawatha.
“I love high school baseball. I’m really hoping we can get past regionals and take home a sectional. I have really high hopes for this year,” Corn said. “Me and my friends have been playing together since little league and this will be the last the year both classes get to play together as one team.”