Justin Black (Billings, Mont. - Billings West HS)
Justin Black is ranked as a top-500 player in the country by Perfect Game USA and the second-best player in the state of Montana * Standout outfielder from Billings, Mont., where he played in the Billings American Legion program under Head Coach Adam Hust * Led the Scarlets to a 51-11-1 record in 2011 * Billings came within one win of reaching the American Legion World Series, but lost to Waipahu, Hawaii, in the Class AA Northwest Regional final * The Scarlets were the first team from Billings to reach the regional final since 1971 * Nearly unstoppable at the plate in 2011 with a .495 batting average * Recorded 21 triples, 18 doubles, seven home runs and 86 RBIs, while also swiping 32 bases * Posted a .417 batting average with five home runs, 58 RBIs and 21 stolen bases during the summer of 2010 * Has been named both an Under Armour and Bobby Valentine All-American * Participated at USA Baseball's 2011 Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C., in June * Was invited to try out for a spot on USA Baseball's under-18 national team, but didn't make the final pool of 40 players * Chose Nebraska over Arizona and Utah.
"We are extremely excited that Justin is coming to the University of Nebraska," Erstad said. " He will bring great athleticism and speed to the outfield. His work ethic and attitude are exactly what we are building this program on. We expect Justin to come in and contribute right away as a true freshman."