Count another major outlet among the believers that Nebraska baseball’s incoming recruiting class has serious potential.
D1Baseball.com listed the Huskers’ 2018 class as 16th in its top-25 rankings released Monday. The publication pegs it as the best in the Big Ten, with only one other league program listed (Illinois at 22nd).
The rankings — compiled with input from Prep Baseball Report along with college recruiting coordinators and pro scouts in an effort to balance instant impact with long-term potential — list LSU as No. 1. Vanderbilt, Louisville, UCLA and Mississippi State round out the top five.
Baseball America last month included NU among its “Next 10” after the top 25. Perfect Game listed the Husker class as 36th.
Nebraska’s class is highlighted by a pair of freshmen who were both drafted but chose college baseball instead. Spencer Schwellenbach, a two-way right-handed prospect from Michigan, was chosen by Cleveland in the 34th round while right-handed pitcher and Texas native Bo Blessie went to the Washington Nationals in the 36th.
Potential two-way players Shay Schanaman (Grand Island) and Colby Gomes (Millard West) have been two other true freshmen who have impressed early in fall ball. Another perceived key piece within the 11-freshman group is lefty Kyle Perry (Millard South).
Nebraska, which went 24-28 last season and missed the Big Ten tournament, also adds four transfers. One has previous Division I experience in right-handed pitcher Trey Kissack (UNC-Greensboro).
The Red-White series is set for Oct. 19, 25 and 26 at Haymarket Park. All three games are set to begin at 5 p.m.