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Hanover Central's Jesse Wilkening commits to Nebraska baseball

2014-04-30T16:45:00Z 2014-04-30T22:06:11Z Hanover Central's Jesse Wilkening commits to Nebraska baseballHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

Jesse Wilkening visited the University of Nebraska a couple months ago, and sat on his scholarship offer.

He was careful in weighing his decision, visited other schools on his list, and then had a night to celebrate Tuesday when he called the coaches in Lincoln to accept their offer.

"I was ready to commit," the Hanover Central catcher said. "They have a great fan base, awesome coaches and when I first went there it felt right. They have some of the best support in the world."

With another season left in his high school career, junior Wilkening said he's glad to have made the decision now.

"It takes some pressure off," he said. "I'm always getting different colleges contacting me, but from here on out, I know what my decision is."

Wilkening was hitting .627 with 24 runs, 40 RBIs and 32 hits heading into Wednesday's game against Hebron. That is good for sixth in the state in hitting and first in RBIs.

Nebraska is tied for second in the Big Ten with Illinois and behind Indiana. The Cornhuskers appeared in the College World Series in 2001, 2002 and 2005.

Wilkening narrowed his choices to three Big Ten schools: Purdue, Northwestern and the Cornhuskers.

"We talk a lot about his numbers, but the thing is, Nebraska is getting a good kid, a confident kid and they don't have to worry about him," Hanover Central coach Doug Nelson said. "He keeps his grades up, we've never had a problem with him. He's a good kid."

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