The Fountain family has another reason to celebrate.
On Wednesday, Bryce Fountain, an eighth-grader at Norris Middle School, announced his commitment to play baseball at Nebraska.
“It’s close to home and my family gets to watch me,” Fountain said. “It is a good fit and I love the coaches.”
The Fountain family is giving a new meaning to fountain of youth. Bryce’s brother Kale, a sophomore at Norris, committed to Florida State before his freshman season.
“It’s a really hard thing to do,” Bryce said of what he learned from Kale about committing early. “You have to work through the process, pressure is a privilege and I feel like I’m ready for it.”
Fountain, who will be a freshman at Norris High School in the fall, isn’t your average 14-year-old. He’s 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and has been described as a power hitting corner infielder. The Huskers see him as a two-way player who could be a pitcher and corner infielder in college.
So how did Nebraska learn about the middle-schooler only a 30-minute drive from campus?
The recruitment started when he went to an NU baseball camp earlier this year and his recruitment took off from there. Other schools showing interest include Tennessee, LSU, TCU and, of course, FSU.
Some may wonder why Fountain would make a commitment at such a young age, but the youngster is confident in his decision and feels committing early will help him develop as a player.
“It is a good way to mature to the game and become a better ball player going forward,” he said. “With all of that pressure it will only help me grow.”
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— Bryce Fountain (@Bryce_foun) May 5, 2022