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Detmers gives verbal to Louisville

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Reid Detmers kind of knew before his visit to Louisville he'd like to play baseball there.

He was absolutely sure of it after leaving.

"The players made everything feel like family," Detmers said. "It was just a really nice place. As soon as I left, I told my parents, this is where I want to be."

The Nokomis junior pitcher made his decision a bit earlier than other players do, but with a variety of interest of D-I options, he had his options. And Louisville seemed just right. Almost immediately after his visit to the campus on Monday, Detmers gave his verbal to the university.

He started fielding serious D-I interest while playing for the Decatur Commodores the summer after his freshman year. With a variety of SEC schools and a handful of Big Ten schools -- including Illinois -- it was a bit overwhelming.

Now he's free to fully concentrate on baseball again.

"It's a big relief. I feel like it's a bunch of pressure off my shoulders," Detmers said. "I don't have to worry about having five or six phone calls a week. It's focusing on one thing now."

The left-hander has pitched solid from the start of his high school career, posting a 1.07 ERA and 90 strikeouts his freshman year while following that up this past year with a 0.98 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 50 innings.

Detmers said the biggest change in his game the past year has been using his body to create more velocity, and it's given him some relief at the same time.

"Maturity is the big thing," he said. "I think I'm using my body a lot more and less of my arm. My arm isn't quite as sore as it used to be when I was younger."

He has two years before joining one of the best baseball programs in the NCAA. Louisville's made the NCAA Tournament eight of the last nine years, and three of those years ('07, '13 and '14) the Cardinals made the World Series. Dan McDonnell's wrapped up his ninth year with the program last year, going 47-18 and making an NCAA Super Regional.

Reid has family history on his side as well. His father Kris, who is from Decatur, made it to Triple-A Louisville, and later, Memphis within the St. Louis Cardinals organization in the late 90s. Kris is a left-handed pitcher as well.

Playing college baseball is one thing. Committing to one of the better college baseball programs has been something else altogether for Detmers.

"I never thought it'd happen but it's a great feeling," he said.

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