The rollercoaster that was Jamire Calvin’s recruitment took one last turn on national signing day, and it didn’t lead the four-star receiver to Nebraska.
The speedy Californian announced Wednesday that instead of signing with the Huskers — to whom he committed just last week — he’ll be taking his talents to Washington State, according to Scout. It’s the second time in less than a month that Husker fans will be left wondering what happened between Calvin and Nebraska.
Flashback to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7. For weeks leading up to that, Nebraska was viewed as the heavy favorite to land his nationally-televised commitment. Instead, Calvin put on an Oregon State hat while visibly emotional about his decision.
Then, Calvin’s mother gave an interview with The World-Herald less than a week later saying that despite her son’s commitment to Oregon State, he actually wanted to go to Nebraska. Calvin was just concerned about his family’s ability to come watch him play, and moments before the Army Bowl decided to pick Oregon State.
But that commitment wouldn’t last. He decommitted from Oregon State on Jan. 17, and not long after that he named Nebraska and Washington State as his new finalists.
That led many to assume he’d eventually find his way into the Huskers’ class — and he did. Calvin committed to the Huskers on Jan. 27, and most thought that would be the end.
But Calvin had more twists in store. In the days leading up to signing day, rumors started circulating that Washington State was a bigger threat than people realized. And as it turns out, the Cougars were more appealing than Nebraska in Calvin’s mind.
So a signing day surprise goes against the Huskers, and they lose Calvin, the nation’s No. 44 receiver on the 247Sports composite.
Nebraska can stomach this loss, though. The Huskers entered signing day with three wide receivers in its 2017 class. Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty have already enrolled, Tyjon Lindsey is the highest-ranked member of the class. NU is also still in the hunt for other receivers on signing day.
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