Tate Wildeman committed to Nebraska on April 16, 2017.
Things moved quickly between the Huskers and Wildeman. He received an offer two days before that upon arriving in Lincoln to attend the spring game. After getting an experience in Memorial Stadium, Wildeman chose to commit the next day.
Wildeman announced his decision on Twitter, saying "After talking to my family, praying to God, and an incredible weekend in Lincoln, I am very proud to announce that I will be playing football at THE University of Nebraska."
Wildeman's father played at Iowa with NU defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. His father was a defensive tackle for the Hawkeyes.
“Coach Diaco’s a very energetic, fun-loving guy,” Tate said in an interview with The World-Herald. “Very detailed. Very focused. He’s just a wise guy.”
His grandparents and uncle are actually big Nebraska fans too, so he actually went to some Nebraska games growing up.
Wildeman became the seventh member of Nebraska's 2018 class, and he was the fourth commit NU landed during spring game weekend. He's also the second defensive lineman in the class, following York's Masry Mapieu.
At the time of his commitment, Wildeman is considered a three-star prospect by the major recruiting services (though ESPN hasn't yet ranked him). He was the ranked No. 645 overall by the 247Sports composite and the nation's No. 32 weakside defensive end.
Wildeman marks a big win for Nebraska in the 500-mile radius, and the composite rankings have him as the No. 2 player in the state of Colorado.
Wildeman had 40 tackles as a junior in 2016, including 13 for loss and 7 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and even scored a couple of receiving touchdowns.
Below is Wildeman's tweet announcing his commitment:
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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