Lincoln - Head Coach Mike Anderson and the Nebraska baseball program have announced the signings of 10 high school seniors and one junior college player that have signed their National Letters-of-Intent to play baseball at Nebraska beginning in the 2012 season. The recruiting class features players from eight states, including three in-state signees and two Texas natives.
"This is a very diverse group of signees that really fit some specific needs for our team," Anderson said. "We feel again that we have signed a very talented class, but also a class that has strong integrity and character. I appreciate the work of assistant coaches Dave Bingham and Eric Newman and our entire staff in finding quality young men that fit our Nebraska culture."
Hometown (High School)
Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)
Peoria, Ariz. (Sunrise Mountain)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (John F. Kennedy)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cheyenne Mountain)
Omaha, Neb. (Millard South)
West Jordan, Utah (College of South Idaho)
Red Wing, Minn. (Red Wing)
Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)
River Forest, Ill. (Oak Park-River Forest)
Irving, Texas (Irving)
Dallas, Texas (Jesuit)
Taylor Anderson (Lincoln, Neb. - Southwest High School HS) Anderson committed to Nebraska out of Lincoln Southwest High School under coach Doug Kaltenberger * Is a switch-hitter at the plate and plays shortstop defensively * Hit .420 in 2010 to earn first-team all-conference honors for the second straight year * Named to the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska honorable mention team in 2010 * Over the summer, had 10 doubles, four triples and seven home runs for the LSW Legion team * Chose Nebraska over Arizona, Kansas and Oklahoma State * Is the son of Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson, and Kim Anderson.
"I'm excited for Taylor to become a student-athlete at the University of Nebraska. He has been a part of our program for years. His desire to follow in the footsteps of past Huskers was strong."
Aaron Bummer (Peoria, Ariz. - Sunrise Mountain HS) Bummer is a standout left-handed pitcher under coach Eric Gardner at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz. * Threw 42 innings and struck out 54 hitters with a 1.67 ERA in 2010 * Named first-team all-region and honorable mention all-state by The Arizona Republic * Tossed a no-hitter against rival Centennial * Hit .395 at the plate * Played for the Arizona Diamondbacks scout team in the summer of 2010 * Summer team finished second in the Don Mattingly World Series, as Bummer pitched 26 innings and struck out 35 hitters with a 1.08 ERA * Played for AZBA Athletics in the 2009 USA baseball 16-Under Championships * Chose Nebraska over Arizona, Arizona State and Utah * Is the son of Kelly and Craig Bummer
"Aaron adds to our strong lineup of left-handed pitchers and has ability to come in and contribute as a freshman. This was a tough recruiting battle to win and we feel strongly that our baseball program, academics and culture were the right fit for Aaron."
Austin Christensen (Cedar Rapids, Iowa - John F. Kennedy HS) Christensen had a breakout junior season and is one of the top prospects in the state of Iowa under head coach Bret Hoyer * Led John F. Kennedy High School to the 2010 Iowa Class 4A state championship by batting .492 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs * Named the 2010 state championship player of the game * On the mound, produced a 10-4 record with 86 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA * Earned 2010 first-team all-state honors after taking second-team accolades in 2008 and 2009 * Has been named first-team all-metro, all-district and all-conference every season * Did not take any other official visits * Is the younger brother of Nebraska sophomore infielder Chad Christensen and the son of Dick and Tracy Christensen. *
"Austin was a young man that's been on our radar for the past four years. He has been on numerous recruiting visits with his brother (Chad) and individually. We're excited for his development as he has the possibility of developing as an outfielder and left-handed pitcher. His leadership in his team's state championship last year was something we took note of."
Austin Darby (Colorado Springs, Colo. - Cheyenne Mountain) Darby moved to Colorado from Florida during his freshman year of high school and has had three standout seasons under coaches Bernie Moncallo and Mark Swope at Cheyenne Mountain High School * Named the 2009 Colorado Class 4A pitcher of the year and selected to the Team Colorado All-Stars * Led Cheyenne Mountain High School to the 2009 state championship, its first since 1962 * Named honorable mention all-state as a freshman when he hit .528 at the plate * Hit .500 as a junior and earned first-team all-state honors * Named first-team all-state in 2010 while going 7-0 on the mound with 80 strikeouts and hitting .430 with 26 RBIs * Did not take any other official visits besides Nebraska * Is the son of Steve and Lori Darby
"Austin is highly-skilled baseball player with ability to be an outfielder or pitcher. I thought the fit at Nebraska was perfect, as we liked his potential on the field and his leadership off of it. He is a strong leader, evidenced by taking his team to the state championship. He wanted to be a part of our program from day one and we're excited to have him."
Blake Headley (Omaha, Neb. - Millard South HS) A three-sport star from Omaha, Neb., Headley excelled on the baseball diamond under coach Greg Geary * Hit .394 in the spring season for the Patriots and .413 in 2010 legion play with 12 doubles, six triples and six home runs * Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and helped lead Millard South to its second straight third-place Class A finish * Named honorable mention all-metro on the basketball court last season * Has lettered all three years in baseball, football and basketball * Earned silver and gold honor roll accolades his first three years of high school * Is the son of Tony and Linda Headley
"We definitely recruited an athlete in Blake Headley. Baseball is just one sport that he has excelled in, but it's where we saw his future in collegiate athletics. His ability to hit and his versatility on defense will help find a spot Blake in our lineup. He had been on my radar screen for the past 10 years."
Travis Huber (West Jordan, Utah - College of South Idaho) Huber was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 47th round of the 2010 MLB Draft after his first year at the College of South Idaho * Held opponents to a .229 batting average and struck out 40 hitters with a 2.27 ERA, while also tallying five saves in 20 appearances * Was named first-team all-region (2008, 2009) and second-team all-state (2009) at West Jordan High School in Utah under coach Brock Knight * Helped lead the Jaguars to a fourth-place finish at the 2009 Class 5A state tournament * Chose Nebraska over Utah, Virginia and South Alabama * Attended high school with NU basketball guard Ray Gallegos * Is the son of Tony and Debbie Huber
"You have to really catch our eye as a junior college player and Travis did that. His potential to finish games and his success at the junior college level are characteristics we desire. Travis will be able to step in as a junior and have success at our level."
Patrick Kelly (Red Wing, Minn. - Red Wing HS) Kelly was infielder for coach Jim Bohmbach at Red Wing High School * Hit .500 with 50 RBIs and seven home runs over his sophomore and junior seasons * Named to two straight Missota All-Conference teams * Earned honorable mention all-state honors and was named all-area player-of-the-year in 2010 * Selected to represent the Chicago White Sox in the prestigious Area Code Games in August of 2009 * Has also lettered in basketball (3) and football (1) * Did not take any other official visits * Is the son of Beth and Jim Kelly, who was a member of the Nebraska football freshman team in 1978 *
"Pat was one of the most highly-recognized middle infielders in the country and had a family full of Huskers. Pat has a very intense and enthusiastic style of play that will be contagious for our players and our fans. We're excited that the Husker legacy will continue with Pat."
Kyle Kubat (Omaha, Neb. - Creighton Prep HS) Kubat has been one of the best in-state prospects under coach Pat Mooney at Creighton Prep High School * Named 2010 All-Nebraska second team by the Omaha World-Herald in addition to Class A first-team honors * Hit .344 at the plate and struck out 68 hitters with a 2.62 ERA on the mound * Helped lead Creighton Prep to back-to-back Class A state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010 * Hit .362 with five home runs in 2010 summer club play (PI Midwest), while striking out 63 with a 1.26 ERA * Attended the Minnesota Twins select tryout camp (invite only) in August of 2010 * Named 2010 NSAA Academic All-State and is a member of the National Honor Society * Chose Nebraska over Minnesota and Creighton * Is the son of Gary and Beverly Kubat
"Kyle is a left-handed pitcher that we saw with a very high ceiling. His winning traditions at Creighton Prep and strong academic background matched the expectations for our program. His athleticism will help in his development as a pitcher and his strong knowledge of the game will help him progress."
William Polley (River Forest, Ill. - Oak Park-River Forest HS) Polley will join the Huskers after playing for the tradition-rich Oak Park-River Forest High School baseball program under coach Chris Ledbetter * Led the Huskies to the 2010 Class 4A Regionals with a 7-2 record and a 46:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio * Earned West Surburban all-conference honors and was an honorable mention all-state selection * Also led the team in wins in 2009 (7-1, 2.01 ERA) * Attended the Baseball Factory as a sophomore and was named the No. 1 underclassmen in the state of Illinois * Chose Nebraska over Kentucky, Louisville, Northern Illinois and Missouri * Is the son of John and Kimberly Polley
"Will has a mid-80s fastball and strong control of his off-speed pitches. He has a very good opportunity to develop that further at the collegiate level. We see his potential and really look forward to an opportunity to develop those talents at Nebraska."
Jeffrey Stovall (Irving, Texas - Irving HS) Stovall is a right-handed pitcher under coach Jay Malone at Irving High School * Is one of two Texas natives in the class (also Kevin Terry) * In 2010, struck out 65 hitters in 59 innings with a 3.08 ERA * At the plate, hit .382 with 31 RBIs * Was 3-for-3 with two home runs, including one grand slam, and seven RBIs in a regular season game last spring * Named first-team all-district as a freshman, sophomore and junior, including the district MVP award as a sophomore * Chose Nebraska over TCU, Arizona State and Arkansas * Is the son of Bobby and Jackie Stovall.
"Jeff is a young man we wanted right away. He is highly competitive and intense pitcher who has command and composure on the mound. We believe Jeff has the opportunity to help us as a freshman. His strong character and commitment to our program made him a very viable choice for us."
Kevin Terry (Dallas, Texas - Jesuit HS) Terry is one of the top catchers in the Dallas area and the second Texas product in the signing class, committing to Nebraska out of Jesuit High School under coach Brian Jones * Hit .352 with 19 RBIs and one home run in 2010 * Named the 2010 District 8-5A Offensive Player of the Year * Played for the Dallas Patriots club team and hit .320 at the plate * Member of the National Honor Society * Is the son of Steve and Jeanne Terry
"Kevin a very talented and improving catcher. He continues to add to his impressive skills and is becoming more physical, which will benefit him at the Division I level. We think he has the opportunity to continue a long line of successful catchers at Nebraska."
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