Love and money: Two-sport Husker recruit may find both with baseball
Monte Harrison uses a wooden bat while playing for Lee's Summit West High School of suburban Kansas City, Mo. He'd have to use wood in pro ball, but most amateur players use metal bats. Unlike Bubba Starling, a 2011 NU football recruit who signed with the Kansas City Royals, Harrison isn't seen as a surefire first-round pick.
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00 am
LAWRENCE, Kan. — In the left field corner of Hoglund Ballpark, Monte Harrison waits Thursday for his turn inside the batting cage while major league baseball scouts huddle in twos and threes on one side of the net. They catch up, swap stories, tell jokes and mull over how long a player with their parent club will be on the disabled list.
When Harrison, the Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High School star who is arguably Nebraska's top 2014 football and baseball recruit, steps into the cage, they all go quiet. For 10 minutes, there are two sounds: the crack of Harrison's bat and the occasional thwack of the plastic canvas at the far end of the cage, whenever Harrison hits a ball against it. When he finishes, the scouts briskly migrate, as a herd, back to the bleachers.
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