Nebraska was one of three finalists for Isaiah Hodgins, but the receiver out of California committed to Oregon State on Nov. 18.
The Huskers offered Hodgins in April and hosted him on an official visit for the Illinois game on Oct. 1. He tweeted after that visit, "Nebraska visit was crazy!!! One of my best visits yet. Thank you to the coaches and fans that made it a good trip!!"
The trip also stood out to his father, James Hodgins, a former NFL player with connections to the Husker staff. Nebraska corners coach Brian Stewart was the defensive backs coach at San Jose State when James Hodgins played there in the late 90s, and Dan Van De Riet — the Huskers' associate athletic director for football operations — was also a student assistant equipment manager at that time.
But Oregon State ultimately landed his commitment. Hodgins took an official visit there the weekend after his trip to Lincoln.
Now, the Huskers will have to move on in pursuit of another receiver.
Nebraska still has two receivers committed in the 2017 class — Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty — with top targets like Jamire Calvin, Jeremiah Holloman, Taariq Johnson and Joseph Lewis still available.
Hodgins' complimentary tweets were seen by fellow Husker target Trajon Cotton, another player from Northern California that visited Lincoln earlier in the season. Cotton tweeted at Hodgins, "So what's the move bro #GBR ?? #PackageDeal"
Hodgins took official visits to Oregon State (Oct. 8) and Oregon (Oct. 29).
He posted a SPARQ score of 92.31 at The Opening Regional in Oakland in May. That included a 4.76-second 40-yard dash, 4.35-second 20-yard shuttle, 37-foot kneeling powerball toss and 32.8-inch vertical jump.
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