Thomas Grayson hasn’t been on many college visits, but enough to know that what he experienced at Nebraska’s junior day on Saturday was special.
The Tulsa, Okla., native made the nearly 7-hour drive to Lincoln with his father, and they were not disappointed.
“[Saturday] was great,” Grayson told Land of 10 from his hotel room Saturday night. “It was amazing. I’m looking forward to getting back here.”
Before heading to Lincoln, Grayson had checked out Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on unofficial visits. But there was something different about his visit with the Huskers, he said.
“It’s definitely the top one,” Grayson said. “The facilities, the people, everything.”
The tours around campus provided Grayson with a chance to see the quality of the Huskers’ facilities firsthand.
“The facilities were amazing,” he said. “The field was probably the best part.”
Grayson said he envisioned himself playing for the Cornhuskers, participating in the historic pregame tunnel walk and running out in front of a sold-out Memorial Stadium crowd.
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Grayson is the No. 59 running back and No. 865 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.
The 3-star running back had 15 minutes with coach Scott Frost, who brought in more than 100 program alums to watch practice. Their presence also had an impact on Grayson, who saw the power the tradition at Nebraska holds.
Heading into the visit, Grayson said he wanted to see camaraderie and harmony within the program. Bringing back those who have gone through the program and returned to support it was seeing it in action.
Grayson said he spent almost the entire day with running backs coach Ryan Held and fellow running back recruits Breece Hall, a 3-star prospect from Wichita, Kan., (and teammate of 4-star outside linebacker Marcus Hicks) and Ivory Winters, an unrated athlete from Hayti, Mo.
“I’m sure they thought of Nebraska as highly as I did,” Grayson said. “I’m going to be surprised if they didn’t.”
Held is Grayson’s area recruiter. The goal was to get to know each other better. They also discussed how Grayson fits into the Huskers’ offensive scheme.
The coaching staff isn’t pushing Grayson for a decision, but he might arrive at that juncture sooner rather than later. Grayson said a commitment may come within a week, which is a good sign for the Huskers.
The quick turnaround could bode well for Nebraska’s chances against Grayson’s in-state programs — Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, neither of which have offered — as well as Tennessee, whose offer prompted the Huskers to throw their hat in the ring.
“Tennessee is a great program,” he said.
Held has been aggressive in bringing targets to campus through Nebraska’s first two big recruiting weekends, so Grayson’s invite indicates he is a priority.
Nebraska not only impressed Grayson on Saturday. The Huskers also sent his father home with a good feeling about the program, too.
“My dad loved it as much as I did,” he said.
If that’s the case, then both Graysons drove back to Tulsa on Sunday with big smiles on their faces.