Alante Brown may have been an option quarterback at Nebraska 25 years ago. Now, after the four-star recruit’s commitment to the Huskers, he’ll be running option routes as an NU receiver.
The 5-10, 190-pound Brown — a star quarterback in high school who switched to receiver/running back in prep school — picked Nebraska on Wednesday during a broadcast on Big Ten Network. He chose NU over a variety of offers, including Ole Miss, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Michigan State. The NU offer so impressed Brown that he squeezed in the rare midweek official visit between weekend trips to Maryland and Ole Miss, just to see Lincoln.
"The coaches liked my playmaking ability," Brown said before his visit of Husker coaches, who were able to add yet another receiver to the class.
Brown has said previously he was recruited for the "Duck" position that combines running back and receiver duties.
At Chicago Simeon High School, he was neither. Instead he played quarterback, winning the city championship as a senior while having 3,436 yards of total offense and 41 total touchdowns. He was slated to sign with Michigan State, then did sign with Texas Tech, and ultimately attended neither, heading instead to St. Thomas More Prep School in Oakdale, Connecticut. He dominated there against a prep school schedule of teams like Choate and the Royal Imperial College of Canada.
"It's matured me as a person," Brown said of the prep school experience. "It's made me a better person."
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