It’s official: Baldwin heading to ’Huskers
After signing, Baldwin gets ready for hoops practice
Grand Junction’s Geoff Baldwin committed to play baseball at the University of Nebraska in July.
Wednesday, he made it official.
Baldwin signed his letter of intent to attend Nebraska and play baseball for the Cornhuskers.
“I am really excited, I love the program,” Baldwin said. “It feels like the right fit.”
The 6-foot-5 lefthander was pursued by Nebraska from the beginning of the official recruiting season and said it didn’t take long to get on board with Cornhuskers coach Mike Anderson.
“(Anderson) came to my house and I kind of knew from that point I was going to be a Cornhusker,” Baldwin said.
“Coach Anderson flew to my house the first possible day he could and to me that was something I felt was really big and a really big commitment for him to take that trip.”
Baldwin took advantage of the start of signing period, getting his college baseball future set before he even went to his first basketball practice.
Baldwin’s father, David, said it was not a surprise to him that Geoff wanted to sign early.
“Geoff always wanted to commit early, in fact, he wanted to know where he was going to go as early as possible,” David Baldwin said. “He saw what else was out there but kept saying he liked Nebraska.”
Baldwin had plenty of options but whittled it down to the University of Arizona and Nebraska. Baldwin is still undecided what degree he will pursue but said the community around Nebraska was a deciding factor for him.
“I have down-home roots and I didn’t want to go to a big town,” Baldwin said. “I like it there, it has a good country feel and the thing I really liked about it was the people in Nebraska are really kind.”
David said he got the same impression that the people around the Nebraska program were genuine.
“You don’t want to go somewhere just be a number,” David Baldwin said. “Talking to other parents they all got the same impression that they are looking out for the kids.”
Kyle Rush has coached Baldwin since he was a freshman and said he knew all along what Baldwin’s goals were.
“He came in as a freshman and he knew he wanted to play Division I baseball,” Rush said. “He had the gift of good size and strength but he worked to get noticed and was successful.”
Baldwin is the latest in a string of Division I recruits from the valley, including GJ’s Dane Hamilton (University of New Mexico) and Central’s Kiel Roling (Arizona State University by way of Central Arizona). Rush said players moving on to play at the next level is a good example for the younger players in the program.
“They have seen him work in the cage and they know the hard work he put in,” Rush said. “We have had a couple of D-I guys in the last four to five years and being able to play at the next level is hard so to get a D-I offer is pretty good.”
The nice thing for Baldwin is he has locked in his future but has a final basketball season to complete. Baldwin said he was relived to sign the letter of intent but was still worried about the first day of basketball tryouts.
“It is gratifying but there are things I am more worried about today,” Baldwin said, “like trying to get up and down the basketball court.”