After months of speculation, reports indicate that Masry Mapieu will not sign with Nebraska on National Signing Day, as he had hoped.
York (Neb.) football coach Glen Snodgrass told Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald that Nebraska informed him in January that it was unlikely to sign Mapieu due to concerns about his ability to qualify academically.
Per the report, a poor freshman year in the classroom set Mapieu behind the 8-ball and he has not been able to recover. Because schools won’t know until May whether he will qualify, it’s possible Mapieu will go the junior college route and attend Iowa Western Community College.
“I totally understand where Nebraska’s coming from,” Snodgrass told McKewon, despite being “99 percent sure” that Mapieu will qualify come May. (Snodgrass’s son, Garrett, is a 2019 Nebraska commit.)
It appears that Nebraska simply does not want to take the risk on Mapieu, who has been committed to Nebraska since June 17, 2016. The new coaching staff wanted to wait to see whether Mapieu could qualify, so it did not extend a letter of intent to him during the early signing period in December and apparently will not next week, either.
With the Huskers out of the picture for the time being, another Big Ten school — Wisconsin — has expressed interest in Mapieu. The Badgers have already signed a defensive tackle from Nebraska in this class in 3-star early enrollee Bryson Williams.
With Mapieu no longer a member of the class, Nebraska does not hold a commitment at defensive tackle heading into final week of the recruiting cycle. The Huskers are hosting 3-star defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia from Katy, Texas, for an official visit this weekend.