The Zoom call was supposed to be a standard check-in with Nebraska coaches. Brandon Lundquist decided he was ready for more than that.
The 2022 pitcher/shortstop from Millard North had been talking to the Huskers since last fall, when Lundquist did well at a camp. The dialogue picked up in mid-July after Nebraska extended an offer.
Then, only about a minute into Thursday’s call, he told them he wanted to be part of what coach Will Bolt and his staff are building in Lincoln.
“They looked at me like, ‘Can you say that again?’ ” Lundquist said. “They weren’t ready for it.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder publicly announced his pledge Friday evening, making him the fifth member of Nebraska’s 2022 class. He’s the third in-state commit of the group, joining outfielder Hayden Lewis of Yutan and Nate Moquin of Millard South. He’s also the 18th out of 36 NU signees/commits spanning the 2020-23 classes to play at a Nebraska high school.
All were recruited by a Husker staff entering its second year together.
“The commits are falling in,” Lundquist said. “We’re going to be good.”
Lundquist projects primarily as a pitcher — either starting or in relief — and sits between 85 to 88 mph with his fastball. A biting slider is his strikeout pitch, he said, and goes with a change-up and curveball as well as a two-seamer and four-seamer. Lundquist said a strong summer with the Nebraska Prospects team in which he posted an ERA less than one prompted the Huskers to offer him.
NU coaches said he will have a chance to prove himself as an infielder, too.
Lundquist spent part of last fall as the starting quarterback at Millard North before breaking his collarbone and is now focusing strictly on baseball. He had an offer from Arkansas-Little Rock and anticipated offers from Creighton and Iowa this week. But even for a lifelong Hawkeye fan, the facilities, support and tradition around the Huskers were too much to ignore.
“I wasn’t really waiting for those other schools, though,” Lundquist said. “Nebraska was the No. 1 pick for me.”