The early signing period arrives for the first time on Wednesday. Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of Nebraska’s 2018 class who are expected to sign early as a primer for what to expect once they arrive on campus.
Tate Wildeman, a 4-star weak-side defensive end from Colorado, knew immediately that Nebraska was the place for him. In fact, his Huskers offer and subsequent commitment were about as seamless as possible.
Former Nebraska coach Mike Riley and his staff offered Wildeman the moment he arrived for an unofficial visit for the Huskers spring game earlier this year. Wildeman verbally committed before leaving Lincoln that weekend.
Through the change of coaching staffs, Wildeman stayed committed to the Huskers. He made an official visit to Nebraska this past weekend to meet new coach Scott Frost. The rest, you could say, is history. Wildeman told Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca that he has decided to sign early versus waiting until February, which he made official by signing on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Wildeman was impressed with the new Nebraska staff after his visit.
“It was incredible,” Wildeman said. “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.”
Weight: 245 pounds
Hometown: Parker, Co. (Legend)
Ranking: 4-star prospect, No. 2 player in Colorado, No. 18 weak-side defensive end in country
Committed: April 16, 2017
How he fits in: There’s a lot to like about Wildeman. His height and weight are comparable to that of Alex Davis, so he could be moved to outside linebacker if needed.
Regardless, Nebraska’s defensive line and outside linebacker spots are filled with young players. That means there aren’t many spots in the 2018 recruiting class for a lot of players at either position. For that reason, the Huskers needed to be smart with who they recruited and they are in good shape with Wildeman. He’s a big get for Nebraska.
Rivals evaluation: “The Huskers went on a nice little run of getting some the top players out of Colorado in the 2015 and 2016 classes, but we didn’t really see much come together for NU in the state in last year’s class. Wildeman changes that for 2018 as he is definitely one of the top two or three players in the state and you can certainly make the case for him being the top prospect.” — Nate Clouse, HuskersOnline.com