Monte Harrison

Monte Harrison of Lee's Summit, Mo., shown playing last season, is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country. He's committed to Nebraska, but also in considered a top baseball prospect.

Fireworks. And not just the ones on your block ticking off your dog. The Huskers provided their own Thursday, adding two commitments on the Fourth of July, and fittingly one goes by the name of Freedom.

Nebraska gained its 10th and 11th commitments of this recruiting cycle from the same area code -- one from wide receiver Monte Harrison (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and another from tight end Freedom Akinmoladun (Grandview, Mo.).

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Harrison's commitment helps not just the football team but the baseball team. The two-sport athlete, who plays outfield when it comes to baseball, plans on playing both sports at Nebraska.

As it was with former Husker quarterback signee Bubba Starling, Harrison is a major league draft prospect, who could be a likely selection for a big-league team in 2014. Right now, his intention is to play two sports in college.

"I talked to them and told them I wanted to play both," Harrison told HuskersIllustrated.com. "Nebraska is OK with that."

Arkansas and Missouri were among the schools the three-star prospect Harrison picked the Huskers over.

Harrison becomes the second receiver commitment of this class, joining Demornay Pierson-El.

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As for Akinmoladun, he is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports. He is not yet rated by the other recruiting services.

Akinmoladun was among the prospects who visited Lincoln over the Big Red Weekend. He said he formed a connection with Barney Cotton, now coaching Nebraska's tight ends.

"The thing I like most about him is that he's truthful," Akinmoladun told HuskersIllustrated. "He tells the truth and doesn't tell me things just to say them."

Standing 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Akinmoladun also had offers from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Illinois State. He had 14 catches for 331 yards last year, averaging 22.1 yards per catch. He also played on the defensive line, piling up 85 tackles, including 15 for loss.

"I know they are a running team," Akinmoladun told BigRedReport.com. "But I hope to be that big target that they can bring into that offense that becomes their primary receiver in play action."

The two additions continue what has been a productive month for Nebraska from a commitment standpoint. The Huskers have now added 10 pledges since kicker Drew Brown began the forward momentum with his commitment June 7.

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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