Foothill (Calif.) corner infielder and pitching prospect, Dillon Brown, is set to be a Husker. The 6-foot-2 and 200-pound recruit took a visit during the football season. He got a feel for the support for Husker athletics while on his trip.
”I committed back in September,” Brown said. “I visited that weekend for the Illinois game and committed the following Monday. Academically Nebraska stood out. The fans are great and the coaches made me feel like it was the place to go.”
Nebraska is recruiting Brown as a utility infielder as well as a pitcher. Brown got some good experience playing in a tough league last year and his team ended up as the runner-ups in the league championship.
”I averaged .333 last year with nine RBIs and no homeruns, but we were playing in a very tough league and lost in the CIF finals," said Brown. "Our team had a strong year.
”I was 2-1 as a pitcher and around a 2.00 ERA. I was mainly used in relief or as a closer and had four saves. My fastball is 85-86 MPH at the moment.”
One of the things that baseball recruits mention first about Nebraska is the head coach. Darin Erstad is a former No. 1 pick overall and is now heading up his old college program. Brown liked that about Nebraska, but says that one of the assistants was more important to his decision.
”Yes, that really appealed to me about Nebraska. Coach Mike Kirby really influenced my decision to go to Nebraska the most," said Brown. "He was recruiting me at Fullerton before he joined the staff at Nebraska.
”My mom is a huge Angels fan and really likes Darin Erstad. When I met him for the first time she made me get his autograph for her.”
Brown was blown away by the facilities that he saw while he was in Lincoln. He mentioned Haymarket Park as well as the other facilities for the baseball team. He saw a lot of other schools and what they had to offer, but it wasn’t as nice as Nebraska.
”I thought that it was one of the best I have seen," said Brown. "I have been to Oregon and a lot of other schools. The ball field is right there and you can see the football stadium from there. It’s great.
”The locker room at Nebraska is the best I have seen. Like I said, I went to a number of schools which had nice facilities. The locker room at Nebraska is one of a kind.”
Brown wasn’t sure about getting back to Lincoln for a game in the spring. However, he said that it did line up where his team and Nebraska would be in the same town which will allow him to get to see the Huskers in action.
”My high school is playing in a tournament in Las Vegas at the same time Nebraska has a series against UNLV. It just worked out that I will be able to get over there to see them play a couple of times during the season.”