Columbus Scotus sophomore Tyler Palmer didn't grow up wanting to be a Division I baseball player. The thought hadn't crossed his mind until last summer when he started gaining attention from some Division II schools and Nebraska.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound utility player received a scholarship offer from Nebraska in January — his first Division I offer.
"They (Nebraska) are recruiting me as an athlete and I could come in and pitch when needed," Palmer said. "Coach (Ted) Silva and Coach (Darin) Erstad are great and told me to enjoy the process."
Palmer has unofficially visited Creighton and Nebraska and is planning an unofficial visit to Kansas State in mid-February. He has also garnered interest from Oklahoma State.
Palmer's dream school might surprise some Nebraska fans though.
"Nothing against Nebraska, but my dream school has always been Arizona," he said. "I've watched them win championships at the College World Series growing up and as a baseball player the warm weather helps."
Palmer is a quarterback and defensive back and plays basketball in the winter for the Shamrocks.
Columbus High and Columbus Scotus co-op for the high school baseball season. Last year the Discoverers finished 5-19, something Palmer is hoping to change in 2018.
"I'd like to help my team make it to state," he said. "That is really important to me."
Palmer plans to play for the Nebraska Sluggers in the Premier Baseball League following the high school season, but said he isn't planning on making his college decision any time soon.
"I'm just taking everything in stride and will probably wait until my senior year to make a decision on my college choice."