Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AT 10:50 AM / Updated at 11:28 AM
Signing day: Erstad wants two-sport recruit Harrison to enjoy high school
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

The message Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad has for NU recruit Monte Harrison: The Major League Baseball draft can wait. Make the most of high school first.

Harrison signed a football scholarship with the Huskers Wednesday (see his player card here). He’s also a highly regarded outfielder who intends on playing for Erstad.

Assuming, of course, that he doesn’t go pro.

But it’s not a decision Harrison needs to worry about now, according to Erstad. The draft’s not until June.

“That stuff will all take care of itself,” Erstad said Wednesday. “You want him to enjoy his last year in high school. (He should) concentrate on what’s important now.”

Erstad said the advantages of going to college have already been discussed enough with Harrison — though Erstad and his staff will most certainly make more pitches in the future. As will the NU football coaches.

Recruiting Harrison has been a combined effort by the Nebraska football and baseball coaches for the past year, Erstad said. “I’ve got a great relationship with those guys,” Erstad said of Pelini and Co.

Back to Harrison… The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect who continues to impress MLB scouts (even on the basketball court — apparently scouts stop in to watch him dunk from time to time, too). Erstad likes what he’s seen, too.

“He has tremendous actions, just very athletic,” Erstad said. “And he’s a great kid. I really enjoy talking to him. … There’s something inside of him that you just gravitate toward. That’s more important to me than anything.”

>> One other football/baseball signing day note: Kicker recruit Drew Brown plans to try out for the baseball team next spring. He projects as a second baseman at this point, according to Erstad. “We’ll let him get some swings … and see where he fits,” Erstad said.

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.