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The offers from BYU, Hawaii and Fresno State made sense to 2019 offensive tackle Enokk Vimahi.
They’re all Western schools that could visit him relatively easily, and that he could visit fairly easily.
But when Vimahi was offered by Nebraska on Feb. 11? A school nearly 4,000 miles away? That caught Vimahi off guard.
“We had heard from a few sources that Nebraska was interested so we ended up contacting them,” Vimahi said, “and (offensive line) coach (Mike) Cavanaugh just told my dad, he was talking to him, and coach told him he wanted to offer me to Nebraska.”
“That was actually pretty surprising for me,” Vimahi said. “I never expected to get an offer from a Big Ten school.”
Vimahi does not currently have a star rating but is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle from Kahuku, Hawaii. He’s the first offensive tackle in the 2019 class to get an offer from Nebraska.
— Enokk Vimahi (@enokkvimahi) February 11, 2017
Vimahi does not have any connections — at least that he knows of — to Nebraska.
“I only know that coach Cavanaugh used to coach here at Hawaii and at Oregon State, so he has a lot of ties here,” Vimahi said.
Cavanaugh was the offensive line coach at Hawaii from 1999 to 2004, before he joined coach Mike Riley at Oregon State.
Vimahi now has a newfound interest in Nebraska and has been reading more about the Huskers online. He’s also been watching some of Nebraska’s film to see how he thinks he’d fit into the offense.
The three main things he’s looking for in college: a good environment, a strong business school and a solid fit on the field.
Huskers offer 2018 3-star DE Daniel Carson
Nebraska offered 3-star defensive end Daniel Carson on Tuesday.
— Daniel Carson ® (@sports__finest) February 15, 2017
Carson, from Independence, Mo., is in what Riley calls the 500-mile radius, which will become a main emphasis in the 2018 recruiting class.
Carson is the No. 18 strong-side defensive end in the class and No. 10 recruit from Missouri. He also has offers from Oklahoma, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Missouri.