Well, that was a surprise.
Every sign in the book pointed toward 4-star wide receiver Jamire Calvin choosing Nebraska over the rest of his top choices.
He had a great relationship with Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams. Nebraska was the only school Calvin visited twice. The 247sports Crystal Ball predictions had Nebraska leading heavily to land the receiver.
But something over the past days shot Calvin’s faith in what Nebraska was selling, and the No. 36 wide receiver in the 2016 class chose Oregon State over Nebraska.
“Originally I had my mind set on another school,” Calvin said on NBC, clearly talking about Nebraska. “In the past few days, I had a heart change.”
Which is massively important for two reasons:
- Calvin was Nebraska’s best shot to land a commitment during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. 4-star Chuck Filiaga committed to Michigan over Nebraska, and the two other targets, 5-star Darnay Holmes, and 5-star Foster Sarell, aren’t likely to choose the Huskers. A top recruit committing on NBC, at the U.S. Army All-American Game, brings crazy publicity to programs. It is itself a recruiting point for the future. And Nebraska missed a huge shot with Calvin. A commitment from Holmes or Sarell would change that, but it isn’t looking like those commitments are coming.
- This is the second wide receiver to choose Oregon State, Mike Riley’s old school, over Nebraska. 4-star receiver Isaiah Hodgins chose the Beavers over Nebraska back in December. This is notable considering Nebraska has made it a point this recruiting cycle to compete for the best wide receivers. Nebraska loses receivers Brandon Reilly, Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore next year. Calvin would’ve fit perfectly into the slot position for Riley and that offense. Instead, Riley’s now lost two receivers to his old job, and the painful irony of a top recruit committing to Riley’s old school instead of Riley’s current one is just too much not to point out. It isn’t necessarily indicative of where the program is right now, but it is just another notch on the list of not-so-great things going on with the program.
The Calvin commitment doesn’t completely derail Nebraska’s 2017 class. Not by a long shot. The Huskers are still in great position with 5-star WR Joseph Lewis, the No. 2 recruit in the class, and a surprise commitment Saturday by Holmes, Filiaga or Sarell would turn the tide.
But this second, with Calvin picking Oregon State over Nebraska at the last second, Nebraska’s recruiting class now currently has more questions than answers.