Kearney Catholic (Neb.) quarterback Matt Masker retweeted a fan photo Tuesday. It had a simple message attached: “What do ya say Coach Frost? Give him a shot. You won’t regret it.”
Masker didn’t yet hold a preferred walk-on offer from coach Scott Frost and Nebraska when he retweeted that photo. He hoped the offer would come, and it did Wednesday night. At the Huskers’ ‘Homegrown Nebraska’ event for in-state walk-on prospects, Frost extended the offer Masker had been waiting for.
“Talking to Coach Frost, it didn’t feel real,” Masker told Land of 10. “That was the first time I had met him. When you see him for the first time, it’s kind of like meeting a celebrity. It’s kind of shocking but it was so humbling to be able to talk to him. It was a blessing that he offered me that preferred walk-on spot.
“I’ve been dreaming about playing for the Huskers since I was probably 6 years old and going to games.”
Masker’s family encouraged him to wait on making a decision. He currently holds a scholarship offer from South Dakota State, as well as 8 Division II programs. For that reason, Masker and his family plan to discuss the walk-on offer over the next week.
Frost encouraged Masker to do that, too. He made it clear that the offer isn’t going anywhere.
“It is hard rejecting scholarship money from great programs,” Masker said. “At the end of the day, you just have to ask yourself what is going to make you the happiest and where do you see yourself fitting in the best. That’s what we’re trying to figure out right now. We’re not rushing anything. I took an official visit to Northwest Missouri State last week and those guys are great down there. It’s an impressive place. I don’t have a visit scheduled to South Dakota State yet, but it is hard rejecting a very generous scholarship offer versus paying your way walking on at Nebraska.”
But if Masker does decide to walk on at Nebraska, Frost said he could see the quarterback working in his offensive system. For reference, Masker threw for 2,506 yards and 25 touchdown on 261 attempts as a senior. He also rushed for 341 yards and 6 touchdowns on 89 carries.
“He watched my film and really liked what I could do with my arm and my legs,” Masker said. “My high school coach didn’t like me running the ball too much because of the depth we had at quarterback. We also had a scare at the beginning of the year where a guy targeted my knee. I was fine but it scared my coach a little bit and he really didn’t want to see me take a big hit and be out for the year, but Coach Frost said he liked my film and knows I’m capable of running his offense.
“It was very humbling to hear him say that.”
Even more humbling? Masker broke a couple of Frost’s Nebraska Class C1 football records that had stood for 25 years. Frost and Masker joked about it in their meeting.
As for the future, Masker isn’t sure what it will look like down the road. For now, he’s just thankful and humbled by the preferred walk-on offer from Frost and Nebraska. And if he chooses to pursue that option, he knows it would be a good one.
“It’s hard and it’s not hard, because Coach Frost is going to do something really special at Nebraska,” Masker said. “You just know it. It’s something a lot of kids want to be a part of. It’s every kid’s dream that’s born and raised in Nebraska to play for the Huskers one day.
“There’s sacrifices that have to be made as a walk-on player, but once you make that decision, I don’t think it’s the wrong decision. You just have to be 110 percent committed to it.”