Class of 2018

Masry Mapieu

HometownYork, NE
High schoolYork
Offer dateJune 17, 2016
Commit dateJune 17, 2016

York defensive tackle Masry Mapieu, who has been committed to Nebraska for more than 18 months, is not likely to sign with the Huskers next week, his high school coach said Friday.

Glen Snodgrass, who led York to a Class B state title last season, said he’s “99 percent sure” Mapieu will academically qualify to attend a four-year college next season, but NU and other schools remain uncertain. Mapieu’s grade-point average, low from a poor freshman year of high school, still needs to improve to pair with Mapieu’s score on the ACT, which he has taken three times.

Mapieu won’t know until May whether he gets the GPA needed to qualify, so Nebraska informed Snodgrass in January that it likely wasn’t going to risk signing Mapieu, who committed to the program in June 2016. Mapieu is “very disappointed,” Snodgrass said, but mostly in himself for not locking up his academic qualification before May.

“I totally understand where Nebraska’s coming from,” said Snodgrass, whose son, Garrett, is committed to NU’s 2019 recruiting class. Glen Snodgrass said Nebraska’s new coaching staff has been honest about where Mapieu stood.

“We won’t be sure where he’s going until after signing day,” he said.

The most likely path appears to be Iowa Western Community College. If Mapieu doesn’t academically qualify, he’d have to spend two years with the Reivers. If he does qualify, he’d have to spend at least one season at the school before reopening his recruiting process.

“It’s a great school, and after one year there, he’d have a lot of options,” Snodgrass said of Iowa Western. “Maybe Nebraska is one of them.”

Before Mapieu signs with Iowa Western, though, he’s waiting on one Big Ten school that may take the risk and sign him now — Wisconsin. The Badgers, who have already signed Lincoln Southeast’s Bryson Williams, started talking to Snodgrass in January.

“They love him,” Snodgrass said of Wisconsin. “It’s just a question of whether he’d qualify.”

As a boy, Mapieu immigrated from Egypt with his Ugandan parents, who eventually settled in Lincoln. After being in and out of the foster care system, Mapieu was adopted by a children’s day care owner in McCool Junction, where Mapieu spent his freshman year playing eight-man football.

Mapieu went to York as a sophomore. Since then, Snodgrass said, Mapieu has been working with three teachers and counselors to improve his GPA, coming in at 6:30 a.m. for schoolwork. Mapieu was on the honor roll last semester, Snodgrass said, and York has laid out a plan for him to academically qualify with another good semester in school.

“He’s a fantastic kid,” Snodgrass said.

With major potential as a football player. Though Mapieu got down to 300 pounds for this season, Snodgrass said a top college football weight program could easily put 25 to 30 pounds of good weight on Mapieu’s 6-foot-4 frame.

Snodgrass said even Alabama called about the player who made The World-Herald’s All-Nebraska team in 2016 and 2017.

Mapieu is listed as one of Nebraska’s 20 commits, and the only defensive tackle commit. If Nebraska doesn’t change its mind on signing Mapieu — Snodgrass didn’t expect it — then its final tackle target is Katy (Texas) Taylor defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia, who is taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend.

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