Nebraska will sign a large class on Wednesday, but a longtime, in-state verbal commitment will not be part of it.
York defensive tackle Masry Mapieu will not be coming to Nebraska, at least as part of the 2018 class, according to his head coach.
"He's waiting on a few schools, but he's not going to be signing with Nebraska," York coach Glen Snodgrass told the Journal Star on Friday afternoon. "If no other schools come through here shortly and have a scholarship he can sign, he will end up probably going to Iowa Western. He’s taking a visit to Iowa Western and everything there is set up and ready to go, but he’s just waiting on a few other things to see if they come through here in the next few days."
Mapieu has not yet met academic qualifying standards and, while Snodgrass fully expects him to in May, the Husker coaching staff told them that they cannot risk losing a scholarship.
"I totally understand why Nebraska can’t sign him," Snodgrass said. "I totally understand that they can’t take the risk on losing one of their scholarships. Totally understandable and Masry understands it, too.
"He’s almost surely going to qualify; he’s done really well academically. He’ll be at Iowa Western for a semester and then hopefully have a lot of choices next year. That’s where he’s at right now."
That's the bright side, but the honest truth is that it's not a fun situation for anybody involved, especially Mapieu.
"It was pretty rough, I’ll just put it that way," Snodgrass said. "It’s done and hopefully he’s got a lot of good things in front of him. If Iowa Western is where he goes, he’ll be really good and he’ll be at a great school and hopefully he’ll have a ton of great opportunities next year."
Mapieu, a consensus three-star prospect, garnered scholarship offers from UCLA, Iowa, Iowa State and others in addition to NU before committing to his home-state school in June 2016.
As a senior at York, Mapieu earned first-team Super-State honors and was named an honorary captain by the Journal Star.
Without Mapieu in the picture, NU's class stands at 13 signees and six verbal commitments.