Friday Night Lights, 6/22

Scottsbluff's Garrett Nelson (29) throws a pass on Friday, June 22, 2018, during Friday Night Lights at Memorial Stadium.

Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years.

High school

My school: Scottsbluff.

Positions: Outside linebacker, defensive end, tight end and fullback.

This week: Class B fourth-ranked Scottsbluff has a 3-0 record going into Friday’s game against Sterling, Colorado.

Rankings: A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Nelson is the No. 2-ranked player in Nebraska in the 2019 class.

Career highlight play: “When I was a sophomore and was a tight end, I caught a pass against Sidney and I dove and got hit and did a helicopter into the end zone for a touchdown. It was pretty sick.”

Other sports: Wrestling.

The college life

Projected position at NU: Outside linebacker.

First contact with the Huskers: “It was when I went to a camp with the previous staff. It was my first contact, and that was the day they offered me. I went to sign up for a bunch of camps that summer and went down there and tore it up and got an offer.”

Date committed: June 24, 2017.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker … : “Yeah, I always knew I wanted to go to Nebraska. My dad was an All-American wrestler there, and most of my family went there. My parents stressed to me that I could go anywhere and make my own path, but I knew if I went anywhere else it wouldn’t have meant anything to me.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Height: 6-foot-3.

Weight: 245-pounds.

Mel Kiper would say: “High motor. High energy. Just loves playing football, and running around and hitting people and making plays.”

Quick hits

On graduating from high school early to join the football team in January, and giving up a chance to win a second individual state wrestling championship: “I laid out a pros and cons list. Wrestling has been a big part of my life and a long journey from learning to wrestle to now winning a state championship. But I’m going to college to play football. I have really big goals for myself and my team when I go there, so why not get started on them earlier?”

On his schedule for traveling to Lincoln for unofficial visits for Nebraska games: “These last two games that I went down there we’ve had Friday home games. So we play that night, sleep, wake up about 4:30 a.m. and get on a plane. We have a little airport here in Scottsbluff. We fly to Denver, and then Denver to Lincoln or Omaha. With the times Nebraska plays in the day it wouldn’t work to drive down there. It’s about a seven-hour drive."

On making the effort to attend Nebraska games: “I love watching football, and I love watching Nebraska football. I know every single person on that staff is doing the right thing, and every single player on that team is working their butt off, and I love to watch that, and I love to be around people like that.”

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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