His power was on the mound at first.
Then Jadon Arakaki developed into a hitting machine. The ‘Iolani senior rode a strong summer to a scholarship offer from Nebraska. Arakaki committed to the Cornhuskers on Wednesday.
“Thank you for this amazing opportunity,” Arakaki wrote on social media. “Can’t wait to be a Husker. Thank you to my family, coaches and friends for always supporting me.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound left-hander batted .478 at the Hawaii Sandlot Classic in July at Hans L’Orange Park. Arakaki had an on-base percentage of .612 and slugged .739 in a sparkling weekend performance. He also stole six bases.
At the time, he said he had interest from several schools — Cal Poly, San Diego, LMU, Hawaii, Fordham, Sacramento State and USF, among others. He had two offers, but declined to identify them.
One was likely Nebraska.
Arakaki suffered an injury that prevented him from taking the mound earlier in his Raider career. Matt Campos, a UH infielder and ‘Iolani graduate, noted that Arakaki was touching 92 mph as a pitcher during Oahu Baseball League play this summer.