Caleb Lightbourn is the lone specialist in the Huskers' 2016 class. He committed to NU on Nov. 28, 2015, after his official visit to Lincoln.
Lightbourn, from Camas, Wash., had known the Huskers coaches for about three years — dating back to their days at Oregon State — before committing.
Special teams coordinator Bruce Read extended him a scholarship offer to NU on Aug. 28, 2015. Exactly three months later, he joined the Huskers family.
Lightbourn's a three-star prospect, according to 247, Scout and ESPN. Kohl's Professional Camps for punters, kickers and snappers ranks Lightbourn as the No. 12 punter in the country. His Kohl's scouting report reads:
"Lightbourn has a vertical leg swing and can drive a ball as well as anyone in the 2016 class. He can also kick off and kick FG but his greatest strength is his punting. He should continue to develop in the months and years to come."
Lightbourn suffered an MCL injury during his senior season, but he's expected to be fine by the time he enrolls at Nebraska.
Lightbourn expects to redshirt his first year on campus. Huskers punter Sam Foltz will be a senior in 2016, so Lightbourn's in line to replace him in 2017.
After his first few practices at Nebraska, special teams coach Bruce Read was especially complimentary of current punter Sam Foltz’s athleticism and booming leg. Lightbourn appears to have similar talent — and he’s got size. He’ll likely redshirt and use 2016 to get ready for a full-time punter role after Foltz graduates. He’s also expected to handle kickoff duties, and he could kick field goals, if needed. Nebraska’s coaches have said they’d like to extend scholarship offers to each of their top specialists — kicker, punter and long snapper. They’ll sleep easier knowing they have a replacement-in-waiting for the talented Foltz.
Below is Lightbourn's tweet from when he announced his commitment:
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