Logan Foster knows it’s hard to believe.
But he’s telling the truth: His decision to transfer from Texas A&M to Nebraska had almost nothing to do with Will Bolt.
The 21-year-old outfielder understands why people would assume otherwise. After all, Bolt was his hitting coach with the Aggies the past three seasons. The Huskers named Bolt as their coach June 14, and Foster entered the transfer portal eight days later.
Yet Foster told The World-Herald he made up his mind about wanting to join the Huskers shortly after A&M’s season ended in early June. For the Lincoln Southwest graduate, this was about returning to the place where he learned to love baseball. He wanted his extended family and friends to see him play in person, not on the SEC Network.
“I’m a big family guy, and family’s always meant a lot to me,” Foster said. “It was hard for me to be away from them for the past three years. I decided I wanted my last year to be at home.”
Foster had to be confident in his decision, because he won’t be eligible until he’s a 23-year-old senior in the spring of 2021. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder decided not to petition the NCAA for a waiver because — in his research — he found that student-athletes who transferred for reasons like his were rarely awarded one. So he’ll sit out a year, refining his swing and working toward his major in human development.
He plans to be a good teammate, too, especially as the only player who has experience working with Bolt and new NU assistant Jeff Christy. Bolt helped him hit .280 with six home runs as a freshman on a College World Series team in 2017. Foster batted .314 in 2018 and was named national player of the week by one publication. He’s a career .285 hitter across 168 college games — 157 starts — with 33 doubles, 19 home runs, 101 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
The funny thing, Foster said, is that his primary recruiters at A&M — Justin Seely and coach Rob Childress — are still with that program. But Bolt helped him become a better hitter — mechanically and mentally — through video study and detailed scouting of opposing pitchers.
“The most beneficial thing was he slowed the game down for me at the plate, which was huge,” Foster said. “He helped me develop a better strike zone and to lay off pitches that were outside the zone.”
Nebraska told Foster in early July it would have a spot for him. But he kept it under wraps and focused on summer ball in Savannah, Georgia, where he was 8 for 50 (.160) in limited action. His news got out last Thursday when a national reporter put it on social media.
Life has been a whirlwind since then, as he returned to Lincoln and went through the various medical and procedural hoops that come with joining a new school. He was at Scheels on Monday night to update his wardrobe.
“Just getting some Husker shirts,” Foster said. “I don’t have any that really fit me right now.”
He wore plenty of smaller Nebraska shirts as a boy watching Alex Gordon and Joba Chamberlain take off at Haymarket Park. His family had season tickets. His dad’s heating and air business still has “Cornhusker” in the title.
No, Foster said, this move wasn’t about following a coach. It was more personal — bringing his baseball career full circle back to a place he still loves.
“I like to lead by example, and I know that every day you’re going to get 110 percent out of me no matter what it is, whether it’s 110 degrees outside or 30 degrees outside,” Foster said. “I think guys feed off that. If you get a whole team that buys into that, that’s when teams can do something special.”