Husmann’s brave new world
When Carson Husmann decommitted from Illinois State back on May 30, the South Central baseball star promptly had his cell blow up with contacts from a bevvy of potential suitors.
“I was getting offers over the phone,” Husmann said. “It was nice having the experience from the first time to fall back on. I knew what to expect and what I was looking for.”
While the Satellites outfielder left the Redbirds as a result of a complete coaching overhaul there, he didn’t end up leaving the state of Illinois nor the Missouri Valley Conference, saying yes to Bradley, an MVC school located in Peoria.
“When I first talked to them, they said they were about to give me a call when I committed (to Illinois State),” Husmann said. “As soon as they heard I was back out there, they gave me a call.”
A Class A all-stater, Husmann heard from Illinois, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky. He was invited to an Indiana camp but they are behind on recruiting with the coaching change and Husmann didn’t want to wait, giving himself a deadline of the start of fall ball to decide.
“I could only get so many visits in,” he said. “It was kind of weird. I expected some Indiana schools to contact me but I guess it’s that I played on an Illinois travel team (Midwest Rangers).”
Ultimately, the Bradley package proved to be too good of an offer for Husmann to turn down.
“With Illinois, they don’t give academic money,” he said. “With Bradley, they give money for baseball and academic money on top of that. I was looking at four years at 100 grand to play in the Big Ten or playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, which gets guys to the next level all the time, for practically free. There’s really not much difference between the conferences when you look at the RPI. Bradley’s had guys drafted. It’s really just the opportunity to play.”
The private school of 5,400 students also gives Husmann the chance to carry on his motto of “Bring the big guy to the little school,” a la South Central. He is undecided on his academic plans with nursing, business and engineering all options.
“I wanted to go to college out of a 1A-type school,” he said. “South Central’s a small high school and Bradley’s a smaller college.”
Husmann has also been selected to play for Team Indiana, which will travel to Jupiter, Fla., in October for the WWBA World Championship.
“I want to play in the next level after college,” he said.
“Hopefully, this will give me a jump start on that as I push toward my next goal.”