As the sun sets on the class of 2020, the class of 2021 prepares to be the big men on campus. Earlier this spring, Sage Creek infielder Nate Brasher announced his commitment to Brown University, finalizing his college plans in advance of his final prep year. Before he trades in California’s Pacific coast for the Atlantic shores of Rhode Island, Brasher shares what he’s working on, how’s he handling the COVID-19 pandemic and more in this commitment spotlight.

In five words, describe what it feels like to say Nathan Brasher, Brown-commit.

Truly a dream come true.

Now, in more than five words, describe the moment or thoughts behind determining Brown was the right fit for you.

My parents have always told me there is value in both academics and athletics. My father played football at the highest level and my mother is the CEO of a surgical non-profit for kids. When I thought of the Ivy League school that is Brown University I knew I would be able to receive both a good education and play high level baseball. I was also introduced to their welcoming, intelligent coaching staff and knew that it was a right fit for me.

As you prepare to attend an Ivy League institution, when did you realize you needed to have an equal commitment in the classroom as on the field?

When I was born I always had a competitive nature and I view competing in the classroom similar to that of competing on the baseball field. As I transitioned into high school my freshman year I realized that my grades could be the deciding factor for many schools.

You’re set to signing with a program that is all the way across the country, on the Atlantic Coast. Was leaving California a priority in your college search?

I love everything about where I live, from the weather to the people I have surrounded myself with. I love it in California and didn’t really want to go out of state. Brown was the university I was looking for with education and baseball. Due to the trips I took with Jared across the United States, I felt comfortable making the decision to pursue my dreams in a more foreign location.

How has playing with BPA, and the coast-to-coast travel the program takes on, helped in providing a sense of comfort in being as removed from home as you will be?

The coast-to-coast travel program has been able to expose me to more of the country and what playing baseball is like in areas where it is not 75° everyday. I was presented with the opportunity to partake in the coast-to-coast program at 15 years old without my parents. Although it was an intimidating offer, I was able to grow as an individual and be more comfortable in the many situations to come in my baseball career.

With uncertainty abound with the COVID-19 pandemic, how are you ensuring you’re still meeting your academic and athletic requirements?

With my father’s background he has been able to keep me working out and throwing with me outside on the street. It is important to keep up with physical activity as everyone is forced to stay home and do less than they once were able to do. On the academic side, I have been completing my work and listening to my teachers throughout this online transition. I prioritize my school to make sure I don’t fall behind or miss any assignments.

Is there an aspect of your game you feel you need to take a step forward over the next year, before heading off to Rhode Island?

Baseball is a tough game where nobody can be perfect. There is always room to improve no matter how good a player may be. With that being said I want to continue to work on all aspects of my game. Also, I would like to get stronger and faster before the cross country move and improve on my hitting as that is the toughest part of baseball for me.

As your travel and high school days enter the final turn, is there one moment or story you can look back on that has helped you be where you are today?

The biggest step towards who I am today was made when I went cross country with the BPA program to play at various colleges without my parents. I spent a couple weeks away from home with my teammates in an environment I had never been in before. This was the best thing I have ever done as it has made me more comfortable and confident both on and off the baseball field.

What advice would you give a teammate getting ready to go through the recruiting process?

I would tell my teammates to be patient and take any opportunity Jared gives you because you never know when a college may show interest. Every opportunity to go out onto the baseball field is another opportunity for a college to see you play. The college recruiting process is like a roller coaster, there are many highs and lows but it is important to keep playing your game and maintain a level head.

If you had 15 seconds to sell me on Brown, what are you telling me?

Every baseball player’s career comes to an end, not everyone will be prepared for life after baseball. I am confident that Brown University sets players up for when that day comes.