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Nebraska High School Football Players: Something Special
By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com
All right guys (and gals) you can get the Omaha World-Herald signing day notes by clicking on this link. I will update the my Hit News ’09 Offers and Commitments board by Friday and put the class to bed. Now it is all about the Class of 2010 Prospects.
The high school class of 2009 had nine players that received D-1A offers but only seven signed on the dotted line. The two that bowed out were Vondrae Tostenson–reportedly headed to Iowa Western (JUCO)) and Eric Koehlmoos, who is headed to D-1AA South Dakota State.
Only two Nebraskans in this class found their way to Lincoln on a scholarship: Cole Pensick and CJ Zimmerer. If that’s not disappointing enough–the Nebraska ’09 walk-on class is pretty small too. What does this all say about: (1) the state of Nebraska high school football and (2) its relationship with the current Husker staff and (3) the future ramifications of it all?
Recruited Nebraska Walk-ons
(as reported by Omaha World-Herald)
Ty Kildow, Millard South
Coline Kanne Millard West
Tyson Clark, Lincoln East
Tyrone Lewis, Lincoln North Star
Ron Kellogg, Omaha Westside
Mitch Hron, Schuyler
Corey Kraci, Schuyler
Those are the questions I will be tackling in the next couple of weeks on my Hit News.com. However, I will leave you with these thoughts: if the Huskers try to sell Nebraska high school kids on being “loyal” to their state program and forgoing scholarships to walk-on at NU “where is this staff’s loyalty to Nebraska kids when they only give two scholarships and let at least five of our best leave this state with D-1A offers from other programs–without an offer from the Huskers.”
It cuts both ways!
If Nebraska high school football players are so inferior, why ask them to walk-on? If Nebraska high school football players are so inadequate, why have so many of them been star players for the Huskers? And why have so many Nebraska walk-ons beat out highly touted–blue chip–scholarship athletes and become starters for the Huskers?