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We’ll start this bonus Friday recruiting column by assessing Nebraska’s newest addition, walk-on wide receiver Kade Warner.
We usually don’t do recruiting notebooks on Friday, but since we missed some time last week for vacation, we thought we’d throw in an extra Friday notebook this week to make up for it.
Warner announced his decision Thursday night:
— Kade Warner (@KadeWarner) February 17, 2017
Warner is the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. Kade is a 2-star wide receiver from Arizona and will be a preferred walk-on at Nebraska.
Warner did not have any Division I scholarship offers. However, his commitment is a fairly big deal for one reason: his name.
Warner will join Ben Miles and Keyshawn Johnson Jr. as Huskers with profoundly successful football fathers.
Warner is a Super Bowl winner. Les Miles won a BCS title in 2007. Keyshawn Johnson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times.
These fathers don’t take their sons’ football lightly. And all three of them not only felt comfortable with their sons going to Nebraska, they also let their sons move across the country to do so. Heck, Kade isn’t even on scholarship.
Though tuition at Nebraska won’t break the bank by any means for the Warner family, it’s still more than in-state tuition at Arizona State, the other school Warner considered. And still, Nebraska coach Mike Riley persuaded Warner to pick the Huskers over the in-state favorite.
The narrative has been written 100 times that Riley is respected among parents of recruits, but this goes to show that the Riley recruiting formula does work, even with famous fathers.
Nebraska ended its week with two offers on Thursday.
The first was to Will Craig, the No. 41 offensive tackle in the 2018 class and No. 61 recruit from California.
He holds seven other offers, including from Arizona, California and UCLA. Craig is 6-foot-5, 265 pounds and is Nebraska’s 11th offensive tackle offer for the class.
— will (@will_craig_22) February 17, 2017
The other offer on Thursday night was to Michael Furtney, a 3-star offensive tackle from Milan, Mich.
— Michael Furtney (@FurtneyMichael) February 17, 2017
Furtney is the No. 51 offensive tackle in the 2018 class and has 22 total offers.
Furtney has already visited Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Missouri. He plans to visit Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan State before the end of the month.