After months of speculation, Gardner Edgerton High Schools’ Bubba Starling has made a commitment to play football and baseball at the University of Nebraska.
Starling narrowed his choices to Notre Dame and the Nebraska, but in the end said Nebraska is closer and he feels more at home in Big Red country.
“I felt comfortable with the kids and coaching staff,” Starling said. “I got along well with the coaching staff, especially quarterback/offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. I felt real comfortable with him.”
In Starling’s freshman football season, the Nebraska Huskers will participate in the Big Ten.That spring, he will join a Husker baseball team that reached the College World Series in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
Starling recently headed to Cary, N.C. to participate in the 18-under National Tournament of Stars competition.
He collected two hits and helped his AABC team to an 8-4 day two victory. Overall, the team took third place in the tourney standings.
Starling remained in Cary, N.C. June 28-July 2 in hopes of making the final 20-man 18-under national roster. If included, Starling will continue play in New York, Minnesota, and conclude with the 18-under World Series, Aug. 1 in Thunder Bay, Canada.
Eventually, Starling will return to Gardner and turn his focus to football. He hopes to help the ‘Blazers win an Eastern Kansas League title and 5A state title.
He enters his senior season with current career totals of 2,432 rushing yards, 2,641 passing yards, and 59 total touchdowns.
Bubba is the son of James and Debra Starling of Gardner.