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Walk-on session leads to commitments
Scott Frost has been a busy man lately, logging more than 20 hours on a plane since Sunday. That can be attributed to Frost juggling his coaching duties for UCF and his recruiting responsibilities for Nebraska. On Wednesday, Frost flew from Orlando, Fla., to Lincoln, Neb., for an important event.
Nebraska hosted a #HomegrownNebraska night for in-state prospects. The event served as a glorified information session for those who have committed as preferred walk-ons and those who might be potential fits for the walk-on program.
The event was highly successful, by all accounts. By the end of the evening, Nebraska had secured a couple of walk-on commitments and extended a few more offers.
Lincoln Southwest lineman Collin Shefke picked up an offer and committed to the Huskers. He played on both sides of the line in high school and it remains to be seen where he will play at the next level. In 10 games this season, Shefke racked up 48 tackles and 5 sacks on defense, according to MaxPreps.com. Southwest teammate Justin Holm, who already accepted a walk-on spot at Nebraska, was also at the event.
Jake Archer, a linebacker from Omaha Skutt, also announced his commitment to Nebraska. The 6-foot-1 Archer will likely play inside linebacker. He is a solid tackler with a knack for meeting runners with force.
Wyatt Liewer was a factor in all three phases of the game for O’Neill High School, and now he’ll have a chance to contribute at Nebraska. Liewer accepted a walk-on offer after meeting Frost at the event. According to MaxPreps.com, Wyatt caught 62 passes for 787 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. On defense, he recorded 102 total tackles. He also handled kickoff duties at O’Neill.
Ryan Schommer, an outside linebacker walk-on from Norfolk, Neb., described the special night.
“It was everything I expected and more,” he told Land of 10’s Erin Sorensen. “It was a lot of information from different staff, and we got to talk to Coach Frost at the end.”
Millard West running back Brody Belt and Yutan defensive lineman Colton Feist also picked up walk-on offers.
The walk-on event is another example of Frost putting his words into action. During his introductory news conference, Frost promised that the walk-on program at Nebraska would return to prominence. The way it will rise again, he said, is by finding in-state prospects for those slots and developing them.
To host this event less than two weeks after taking the job, and while preparing a different program for a New Year’s Six bowl game, says a lot about how highly Frost values the walk-on program.
It’s a good sign for Nebraska recruiting and the team in general.
Greg Bell nearing decision
Junior college prospect Greg Bell will sign his letter of intent to play college football in less than a week. Where? That remains the question.
Bell had a strong official visit with the Huskers last weekend. Of the six prospects on campus that weekend, four (Adrian Martinez, Justin McGriff, C.J. Smith and Jaron Woodyard) have already committed to Nebraska. The Huskers would like to make the 3-star running back the next addition to the class. Bell is the No. 4 JUCO running back in this class, per the 247Sports composite.
“I really liked how the coaches were genuine and they really care,” Bell told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports earlier in the week.
Biggest Decision Of My Life Coming Up 🙇🏾♂️
— Greg Bell (@GregBell_) December 14, 2017
Bell and Woodyard will take official visits to Tennessee this weekend. Unlike his Arizona Western teammate, Bell wanted to wait until he checked out the Volunteers before making a decision. Bell has been trending in Nebraska’s direction, so how the visit to Tennessee goes will likely determine the final choice, which is expected to come sometime between Sunday and Tuesday. Bell will sign next week and enroll at the school of his choice in January.“They think I can come in and make an immediate impact,” Bell told Schaefer. “I can work out of the slot, play running back. All that stuff. I know that they need me to come in and play the spot.”
Cameron Brown will sign early
Cameron Brown is still committed to Nebraska. Whether the 4-star wide receiver from St. Louis signs with the Huskers remains to be seen. Industry thinking believes that Brown will de-commit from Nebraska. He has said little since the coaching change and might not want to play for a staff to which he didn’t commit.
On Thursday, Brown revealed he will be signing on the first day of the early signing period, Dec. 20, during a ceremony at his Christian Brothers College High.
I will be signing on December 20th at 12:15 @ CBC High School 🙏🏾 This crazy recruiting journey will come to an end soon 🙌🏾 #Blessed
— Cameron Brown® (@luh_cam_) December 14, 2017
It appears that Brown’s de-commitment is no longer an “if” question, rather a “when”.
The coaching staff would rather keep Brown in this class, obviously. He’s the No. 58 receiver in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. But it’s not looking good for the Huskers. Looking at Brown’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, 86 percent of the expert predictions have him going to Ohio State.
It wouldn’t be the first time Brown will have backed off his pledge to Nebraska. He de-committed from the Huskers in June, only to rejoin the class in August.
Tate Wildeman named first-team all-state
Tate Wildeman’s strong senior season has earned him another honor. The Nebraska commit earned a fourth star in recruiting rankings last week and is now the No. 18 weak-side defensive end in the class, per the 247Sports composite.
The Parker, Colo., native also can call himself first-team all-state, after the Colorado High School Athletic Association gave him the honor Thursday.
In eight games this season, Wildeman recorded 61 total tackles (40 solo) with 8 tackles for loss and 6 sacks, per MaxPreps.com. His solid senior campaign led to increased interest in Wildeman. Washington State and Notre Dame entered the picture recently, but the new staff has put in its work with Wildeman and he appears to be solid to Nebraska.
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