Erstad's Recruiting Efforts Paying Off

New Nebraska head baseball coach Darin Erstad stated at his hiring press conference he had a lot to learn about recruiting. It appears he's off to a good start.

Erstad landed Billings West High (MT) outfielder Justin Black last week. The soon to be senior has been playing American Legion baseball this summer and through 39 games is batting .462 with 13 doubles, 12 triples, six home runs, and 66 RBIs.

"I hadn't talked to Nebraska at all, but came to Omaha for a baseball tournament this summer. They had heard I was playing pretty good, so decided to come watch me and that sort of got it all kicked off," said Black. "Coach Erstad came up then twice, once actually to visit my coach and the other time to visit me. At that point, I made the decision and we sealed the deal.

"Coach Erstad was pumped and was telling me to come here to shake his hand. Coach Bolt and him were high fiving, my mom was crying, my dad was doing fist pumps. It was a great, they seemed like they really wanted me bad and made me feel it."

Black told the Billings Gazette that Erstad was an "impressive guy," so Big Red Report asked the outfielder to expand on that.

"It's the resume, but also his demeanor. He was very energetic during our meeting and he wants to win. It's the why I wanted to go to Nebraska. He wanted to win and I want to win. He will develop me further into my game and we are going to try to win a National Championship and maybe a Big Ten Championship," said Black.

It's not very often a recruit pulls the trigger without setting foot on a campus, but for Black he wasn't worried.

"I have seen pictures and heard great things, I have talked to a few people about it," said the soon to be senior. "I am going to try to visit in the fall during the Ohio State-Nebraska football game."

Black admits the recruiting process was beginning to put pressure on him. He's now hoping that pressure will go away.

"A lot of my friends had committed and stuff, but I wanted to make sure that I found the right school for me and the right fit. That is the University of Nebraska and I'm really excited for it," said Black. "With Nebraska joining the Big Ten, it definitely helps the conference. It's growing and hopefully it continues to grow during the time that I'm there."

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