Erstad secures '14 commitment

Darin Erstad has shown that he can see talent and recruit well. It doesn't hurt when you have a top prospect that made the USA Baseball team in your backyard either. Nebraska got to work early on Jakson Reetz and secured a commitment from the junior-to-be from Norris (Nebr.). Why Nebraska and why now for Reetz?

Jakson Reetz, a 6-foot-1 and 195-pound baseball prospect from Norris (Nebr.) has been busy lately. Reetz recently committed to Nebraska, but more recent than that he's been in Atlanta playing in a baseball tournament.

"I have been in Atlanta playing in a baseball tournament," Reetz said. "I think that we played pretty well. We went 5-1 in pool play and didn't get into the championship bracket. I thought that I played pretty well."

Before the baseball tournament Reetz made a decision that really will not directly impact him for at least two more years. The junior-to-be decided that he wanted to be a Cornhusker.

"I am a home grown kid and my heart has always been in Nebraska. There isn't a better guy to play for than Coach Darin Erstad. He played baseball himself at a high level, he's full of energy and had a career in the game. He knows what he's doing. I have become friends with him and Coach Will Bolt."

Reetz is a talent and according to him it hasn't been decided by the Nebraska staff where he will play. Nebraska is going to take the next couple of years to evaluate what they see and then will determine where he fits. He says that he doesn't have a preference either.

"I catch, close games and play centerfield. Nebraska hasn't really figured out where they like me the most. They told me that they were going to watch me over the next couple of years and they would decide. I don't care which position. I can play anywhere."

While Reetz made his own decision he did know before he made his commitment that another junior-to-be from Norris was set to be a Husker as well. Norris has a talented team earning Class B state runners-up last year.

"Byron Hood and I actually used to be next door neighbors and we have been best friends for a couple of years, all my life pretty much, and that helps to get a chance to continue to play together in college for a few more years."

There are plenty of people that are wondering if Reetz is as highly touted as he is what are the chances that he goes pro instead of coming to Nebraska? Reetz' hasn't even contemplated that scenario yet and he's only focusing on the next couple of years in high school and then heading to college.

"Honestly, I haven't even thought about it. I am just happy to commit to Nebraska. The draft isn't even on my mind. I am really looking forward to playing these last two years of high school with my friends and going onto college and having a fun career there."

Reetz is drawing some comparisons to one of the best players to come from the state and attend Nebraska, Alex Gordon. Some people are saying that at this age that Reetz is a little bit better of a player than when Gordon was in high school.

"That's a pretty big and nice statement to hear people say. It's an honor to have my name thrown out there with Alex Gordon. I just go out, play the game and have fun with it."

As a sophomore Reetz hit .488 with a .563 on-base percentage, 23 RBIs and four homeruns. Jakson was plagued with a broken wrist injury that he suffered playing basketball. Jakson also plays quarterback for the football team. Jakson's father, Andrew Reetz, played football at Nebraska from 1990 to 1992.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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