When is a Spartan a Wolverine?
When it is Lakeview baseball standout Jake Bivens, who will play his final season with the Spartans this spring, before heading to Ann Arbor to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines.
Bivens signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play collegiate baseball at Michigan, finalizing a long relationship with the Wolverine program.
“I was more excited than nervous today. It’s been so long that I have been verbally committed to Michigan, it was nice to finally sign,” Bivens said.
Bivens has had a standout career as an infielder at Lakeview, named to All-City team as well as making all-conference for a third time last spring as a junior. Also as a junior, Bivens was named first-team All-State as one of the top infielders in the state after batting .456 with 33 runs scored, 17 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how well he’ll do in the Big Ten,” Lakeview coach Jeff Sovern said. “He grew up in a baseball family, he has tremendous knowledge of the game and he’s been a starter for us since ninth grade. He’s hit .400 for us every year and he’ll walk out of here with the career record in hits. He’s just one of those kids that when scouts see him play, they know he’s a gamer.”
Bivens is part of the first recruiting class of first-year Michigan head coach Erik Bakich.
“I felt like I connected with the coaches and I like where they are taking the program,” Bivens said of why he signed with U-M. “Because it is a new coaching staff, my class is their first class, so that means we are the type of players they want going forward and that will give me a chance to be an impact player right away.”