The Huskers have a pipeline growing between Lincoln and Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. JoJo Domann becomes the second player from Pine Creek to end up with Nebraska in as many years. He'll join former teammate Avery Anderson on the Huskers' roster in 2016.
And the Huskers aren't just taking scraps from their neighboring state. They're getting the creme of the crop.
Domann made the Denver Post's All-Colorado team after his senior season. He was also named the Colorado Springs Gazette's Big Schools Football Peak Performer of the Year and Colorado Gatorade Football Player of the Year.
Domann did a little bit of everything for Pine Creek. As a senior, he ran for 402 yards — on just 36 carries — caught 33 passes for 674 yards, accounted for 21 total touchdowns and had 34 tackles. He averaged 42.9 yards per punt and made 34 of 37 extra points as the team's kicker.
Domann was a significant lean to NU from that point on. He shut things down and committed on June 26, 2015. Domann said after he committed that he'd always been a Nebraska fan.
"I was looking for a football town," Domann said during an appearance on "The Bottom Line" after committing. "A place where football is a priority, where the fans are awesome, which obviously they are at Nebraska. I was looking for a coaching staff that believed in me as a player along with as a person, along with a school that has a good program in which I want to major in, which is sports broadcasting, and Nebraska has that."
Domann committed to Nebraska as a "defensive athlete." The coaches plan to start him out as a safety, and depending on how he grows and develops, he could become an outside linebacker or nickelback. Domann played just about every position in high school, so he's willing to do that on the next level too.
"Whatever gets me on the field," he said during an interview with The World-Herald in June 2015.
Domann helped lead Pine Creek to an undefeated season and state championship as a junior in 2014. He nearly made it two straight the next year but suffered a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder on the fourth play of their semifinals game, and they were unable to advance to the championship.
He underwent surgery on Dec. 9, 2015, but expects to make a full recovery. He'll be cleared for contact five months after the operation, so barring any setbacks, he'll be ready for fall camp with the Huskers.
Domann was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, but that injury prevented him from participating.
JoJo's father, Craig Domann, is a sports agent that has represented several former Huskers.
Domann is a consensus three-star prospect. 247 ranks him as one of the Top 18 athletes in the country, and he's the No. 2 overall recruit in Colorado, according to the 247 composite.
Domann has been one of his state's best players for three years, and his versatility and sheer talent should help Nebraska at some position, including special teams. Domann might be a better fit for safety if he's fast enough, but, if not, he can bulk up and play linebacker. Domann is excellent in coverage and has top-flight ball skills and balance. He figures to be a special teams guy early in his career as he settles into a position. He's not as fast as current Husker Nate Gerry, but equally instinctive with better hands.
Below is Domann's tweet from when he announced his commitment to NU:
Photo: The Colorado Springs Gazette
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