Nebraska has taken the suspense out of what was going to be a major recruiting battle.
Lindsay Krause, who will be a freshman this fall at Omaha Skutt, said Sunday that she has given her verbal commitment to the Huskers. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter already was receiving considerable Division I interest but said her offer from Nebraska was easy to accept.
“The fact this is home played a big part in it,” she said. “For me, this is like a dream come true.”
Krause’s commitment came after she attended an NU camp last week. The offer came from coach John Cook.
“It caught me a little off guard,” she said. “I texted my parents (Pat and JoAnna) immediately and they told me that all of my hard work had paid off.”
The fact Krause grew up in Papillion is bound to draw comparisons to twins Kadie and Amber Rolfzen. That duo, who played for Papillion-La Vista South, also committed to the Huskers before their first day of high school.
“I’ve always looked up to them,” Krause said. “I used to watch them play at Papio South and then later in college, so they were great role models.”
Like the Rolfzens, Krause hopes to play basketball in high school.
Skutt volleyball coach Renee Saunders said Krause has all the tools to be an outstanding player.
“Lindsay has the size, the physicality and the agility,” she said. “She’s also really coachable so I’m looking forward to having her on our team.”
Saunders added that Krause will be a solid addition to the SkyHawks, who are coming off a 44-0 season and their second straight Class B title.
“She has the talent already and she has so much room for growth,” the coach said. “If she continues to develop, she’s going to be a great player.”
Krause had scholarship offers from Creighton, Iowa, Clemson and Colorado State and drew interest from several others.
“To make this commitment early means I won’t be carrying that burden around,” she said. “I’m looking forward to my high school career and then someday playing in front of all of those fans at Nebraska.”
Saunders, also a former standout volleyball player for the Huskers, said she’s enthusiastic about coaching an athlete who will eventually be playing at NU.
“I think that will be kind of cool, coaching someone who will be going to my alma mater,” she said. “I can’t wait to get the season started.”