Even through Nebraska’s coaching change, Tate Wildeman remained committed to Nebraska. The newly minted 4-star defensive end and 18th-ranked prospect at the position in the class, per the 247Sports composite, took his official visit to Nebraska over the weekend.
Wildeman had visited Nebraska unofficially several times, so he knew the gist of the campus, the atmosphere and the facilities. Rather, this visit’s importance, in Wildeman’s mind, was connecting with a new coaching staff that he had not committed to.
Scott Frost and his staff succeeded on that front.
“It was incredible,” Wildeman told Land of 10. “Just meeting the coaches, you know what I mean, was the biggest thing for me. I’ve already seen all the facilities, all the glamour around that. Getting to meet them was honestly just the biggest thing. Everything checked out.”
Wildeman said he connected best with Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive line coach Mike Dawson.
As the lone Nebraska commit visiting over the weekend, Wildeman also felt compelled to hit it off with the several other recruits on their official visits. Wildeman especially hit it off with 4-star safety Cam’Ron Jones, he said.
“I really formed a bond with pretty much everyone because I had to be that recruiter guy,” Wildeman said. “But I hung around Cam Jones a lot. I’m really working on him. He really liked it. I know that.”
How strong of a chance does Nebraska have of landing Jones?
“He definitely liked it a lot,” Wildeman said. “I’ll say that.”
Perhaps the biggest development as a result of his visit, Wildeman said he now will be signing during the early signing period. Until this weekend, the thinking was that Wildeman would sign in February, but the visit this weekend was a big factor in convincing him to move up the date.
Wildeman isn’t yet sure of the logistics of the signing date, location or time, but Wildeman strongly indicated he will be signing his letter of intent sometime this week.
Another highlight of the weekend for Wildeman was attending the Kansas-Nebraska basketball game. Although the Huskers lost 73-72, the atmosphere still allowed recruits to gain a sense of what a Nebraska athletic event is like.
“I really liked the basketball game, even though they came up short,” Wildeman said. “It was just a good energy in there. I think that stadium holds only 18,000 people, but I think it was nice for recruits to go in there and see what 18,000 is like compared to like 90 [thousand]. I feel like that part of it was really fun.”