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Strahm signs with Nebraska

West Fargo product Matt Strahm fires a pitch during a game with Neosho County Community College in Kansas. Strahm recently signed a letter of intent with the University of Nebraska. Special to the Pioneer

Matt Strahm knew he had room to develop as a baseball player coming out of West Fargo High School. That's why he decided to go to a two-year college first.

His decision paid off as he verbally committed to play Division I baseball for the University of Nebraska. Strahm planned to sign a letter of intent with Nebraska last Tuesday.

"There is no way out of high school I would have been at the Division I level," said Strahm, a 2010 West Fargo graduate.

A 6-foot-4, left-handed pitcher, Strahm played for Neosho County (Kansas) Community College last spring. He was 9-3 with a 2.82 ERA in his freshman season. He struck out 77 batters in 67 innings.

Strahm said coming out of high school his top velocity was between 78 and 82 miles per hour. Now he's between 88 and 92 miles per hour. He's also added more than 20 pounds to his frame and weighs 185 pounds.

"I had a lot of development to do," Strahm said. "Junior college prepared me a lot for it."

Strahm will play for Neosho County again this spring before heading to Nebraska for his junior and senior seasons. He also considered Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Arkansas.

"The facilities at Nebraska are some of the best in the country for a lot of sports," Strahm said.

Former major league player Darin Erstad, from Jamestown, N.D., was named Cornhuskers head coach last June.

"I think it was more him being so successful that had a role in it," Strahm said.

Peterson writes for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.