HS All-American backs off commitment

There are some things to be excited about when it comes to the changes with the Nebraska baseball team. However, change can be viewed as a positive or a negative depending on the individual. This particular individual is on the fence at the moment about the changes and in order to process the changes right he has backed off of a commitment to Nebraska that he's had since last fall.

One of the most outstanding baseball prospects in the Dallas metroplex was honored this past Tuesday. Jake Thompson, a 1B/P from Heath (Texas), was named an All-American.

"I was just named All-American this week," Thompson said. "That was through Baseball America. It was pretty awesome to get that honor as a junior. I was named All-American as utility doing first base and as a pitcher."

Thompson is a victim of circumstance. He actually was a commitment to Mike Anderson at Nebraska before he was let go about a month ago and was replaced by Darin Erstad.

"I had been committed to Nebraska for a while now. I committed last fall when they played Colorado. I was up there on a visit. Nebraska is going through some huge changes."

Coach Erstad has already reached out to Thompson and the two had a good talk. Thompson said that Nebraska still wanted him, but Erstad was envisioning bigger things for Nebraska baseball.

"Coach Darin Erstad emailed me after he got the job and I called him after the email a couple of weeks ago. When I was up there on my visit I couldn't talk to him because he was a volunteer coach. He's a good guy.

"He told me that they are going to honor the offer that they made me and that they were going to take the program in a new direction. It's going to be different."

With all of the change that Thompson is having to take it's no surprise that he had backed off of his commitment to Nebraska. He says that he's still interest, but he needs to get to know the new staff in Lincoln.

"Right now, I am not committed to them because I wanted to sit back and get familiar with the new staff that they are bringing in there. I am still interested in them a lot.

"I am going to take a closer look at TCU and Oklahoma. I am going to try and get back up to Nebraska after summer ball. It will probably be in August some time."

Nebraska had been recruiting Thompson as a first baseman/pitcher and that is exactly what Thompson wants to do. He doesn't prefer one over the other. He just wants to do them both.

"Nebraska liked me as a pitcher and as a first baseman. I don't really have a preference as to where I play. I just know that I want to do both in college."

Thompson finished his junior year at Heath High School by going 47-for-97 at the plate for a .485 batting average with 15 doubles, one triple and eight home runs. Thompson also had 37 RBIs and added two stolen bases.

On the mound Thompson finished with and 8-2 record and had one save through 57.33 innings pitched. Thompson had a 1.95 ERA and struck out 86 batters.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years, covering recruiting and football. His work can also be seen in Scout.com's SuperPrep Magazine with Allen Wallace
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