|Offer date||April 18, 2018|
|Commit date||June 29, 2018|
In this new, wild, web-driven world of college football recruiting, sometimes a one-second GIF on Twitter says plenty.
So when Husker coaches on Friday night celebrated the commitment of 2019 three-star wide receiver Jamie Nance, two of them tweeted short memes about speed. Running backs coach Ryan Held had a picture of Tom Cruise from “Top Gun” putting on his sunglasses.
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from writing a prospect’s name. But they can subtly sum up a prospect’s best attribute.
Nebraska’s new offense has a need for speed. One might even say Scott Frost’s offense is predicated on the ability of his skill players to run around and past opposing defenses. Big Ten defenders can’t hit and tackle what they can’t catch.
And the 6-foot, 190-pound Nance from Blanchard, Oklahoma — who this spring ran a 10.49-second 100 meters and 21.62-second 200 and won a state title in the long jump — won’t be easy to catch.
Over the past two seasons at Blanchard High — a school just south of Oklahoma City — Nance averaged 18.9 yards per catch and caught 12 touchdowns. He also had 865 return yards (583 on punts, 282 on kickoffs). Those numbers, and the track speed, helped Nance rack up double-digit offers.
After a June 22 visit for Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp — Nance didn’t participate because one of his feet was in a boot — Nance narrowed his list to a top seven of NU, Notre Dame, Baylor TCU, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Missouri. One day later, he picked Nebraska.
Nance didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The World-Herald, but he told Husker Online he woke up Friday morning and decided being a Husker “feels right.” He cited “the fit of the offense” as one reason for his decision. He announced his pick at 9:30 p.m, thanking his mom, sisters and coaches from youth leagues through high school.
Nance becomes the first true receiver commit for the 2019 class, although NU has at least two commits who can fit into a hybrid running back/receiver role. Once he joins the Huskers next summer, he may be the fastest player on the team. He peaked in the 100 and 200 meters earlier in the spring, but at the Oklahoma Class 4A track meet, he still finished second in the 100 (10.99 seconds) and 200 (21.87 seconds). He also won the Class 4A long jump title (23 feet) in his first year of competing in the event.
“I think I’m one of the best athletes out here,” Nance told the Daily Oklahoman after winning the long jump title. “So I just wanted to come out here and do my thing and get the win.”
Nebraska has 11 commits for the 2019 class. Nance, rated a high three-star by Rivals and 247Sports, is the No. 548 player in the nation according to 247Sports composite service. Also according to the composite service, Nance’s commit boosted Nebraska’s team ranking to 36th nationally and 10th overall in the Big Ten.
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