Not long after Jack Harlan started as Millbrook School head baseball coach, he noticed something special in one of his younger talents, Pat Costin. Harlan first met Costin a year and a half ago, not long after he had reclassified and transferred over from North Rockland High (Thiells, N.Y.).
Now a junior, Costin has quickly immersed himself into one of the top-rated catchers in the Northeast and certainly within the WNEPBL. Last spring, Costin batted .388 for the Mustangs, including a 1.321 OPS. He belted five home runs and drove in 23. He's equally impressive behind the plate.
His in-season stats and showcase metrics (pop time, exit velocity, etc.) numbers caught the interest of a few Division 1 programs. He eventually committed to a D1 program that is a rarity for a Northeast product -- Indiana University.
"The recruiting process with Indiana and the coaching staff was very long,'' said Costin. "I was on their radar for about a year. It started getting more serious throughout my sophomore spring and summer seasons. After talking to them for a while, I decided to go to Indiana for a camp. At the camp, I was really able to get to know the coaching staff and was able to talk to them in person and was able to connect with the whole staff."