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Asaad Ali, the son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is committed to play baseball for the University of Louisville. The youngest of nine children in the Ali family, he was adopted by Ali and his wife, Lonnie, in 1992.

Asaad Ali doesn't box.
Asaad Ali doesn't box.

A 5-foot-10, 224-pound catcher, Asaad led Niles (Mich.) High School to a conference championship last season, batting .367 with four doubles, two home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games.

He also played football as a running back and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in his team’s final game.

From the IMG Baseball Academy web site:

“At one college, I show up for a visit and the coach is wearing a shirt with my dad on it, and that’s all they talked about the whole time,” Asaad said. “At Louisville, they said if I’m good enough, I’ll play. If not, I’ll sit the bench. I appreciated the honesty.

“I respect everything my dad did, but I’ve got to make my own way,” he said. “I’m trying to get out of his shadow. I try to be as regular as I can.”

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Ryan Seitz, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound slugger from Christopher Dock High School in Lansdale, Penn. has told the Louisville coach that he wants to play at U of L, starting in 2011.

The switch-hitting catcher spent most of his junior season playing in front of college and professional scouts, batting .440 with an area-best 12 home runs and 35 RBIs for a team that won the district championship and made the state tourney a second straight year.

From PhillyBlurbs.com

“I met the coaches down in Georgia. I was playing in a tournament down there in the middle of July. I was down there for a week and I had a really good week. Louisville liked me and offered me an athletic scholarship and I went down there for a visit. I met the head coach and the assistants. It was a good fit for me.”

Seitz has heard from Auburn, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, James Madison, and Coastal Carolina.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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