Kurf Rafdal received an offer from the Huskers on Feb. 24, 2016. Just over 11 months later on Jan. 29, 2017, he chose Nebraska and made his commitment, picking the Huskers over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"Proud to say I've committed to the University of Nebraska to continue my academic and football career," Rafdal posted on Twitter.
Rafdal took his first visit to NU on June 18. Afterward, he posted a picture on Instagram, saying he had an "unbelievable day" at Nebraska.
But it'd be a long road before he landed in Lincoln.
Rafdal first committed to Indiana on Oct. 13, but it wouldn't last. He backed away from that commitment on Jan. 5, citing the changes made to the Indiana coaching staff, with the dismissal of head coach Kevin Wilson and tight ends coach James Patton.
The Huskers then got back in play, and he took an official visit to Lincoln the weekend of Jan. 13. Afterward, he tweeted that he "had an amazing weekend in Lincoln," including a picture with Mike Riley, Tavita Thompson, Danny Langsdorf and Rafdal's parents. Rafdal gave the visit a "9 or 9.5" in an interview with Husker Online.
Nebraska appeared to be one of the final two schools still in the picture for Rafdal. Iowa extended him an offer after he decommitted from Indiana, and Rafdal took an official visit there the weekend of Jan. 20. LSU also offered him late, but he did not visit Baton Rouge.
In the end, it was Nebraska.
Rafdal became the second tight end in NU's 2017 class, joining in-state commit Austin Allen of Aurora. He also became the 19th pledge in what is expected to be a class that tops out around 22 or 24 players.
The commitment just three days before signing day is another late get for Nebraska. After Rafdal's commitment, Nebraska coach Mike Riley called the commitment "great news" in a Twitter post. Riley added: "The Huskers are closing strong! The momentum is real!"
Also following Rafdal's commitment, NU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf tweeted his excitement about the "big-time commit" while NU graduate assistant Tavita Thompson, who works with tight ends, nicknamed the newest recruit "The TruK" in a Twitter post.
Here's Rafdal's Twitter announcement:
And here's a Twitter post from his visit to Lincoln in January:
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