Matt Snyder could have never envisioned just a week-and-a-half ago he'd be spending a December weekend in Lincoln.

The tight end from San Ramon, California, has been committed to Oregon State since mid-October. A West Coast guy prepared to stay on the West Coast.

And then, as Snyder put it, "it got kind of hectic."

Oregon State's head coach moved to Nebraska. Wisconsin's head coach moved to Oregon State. And one of Snyder's lead recruiters, special-teams coordinator Bruce Read, made the move with head coach Mike Riley from Corvallis, Oregon, to Lincoln.

All that will make a recruit's head spin.

So the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect from California suddenly started researching Nebraska, and decided to visit the campus this weekend with his parents.

As he waited in a Nebraska airport Sunday afternoon to head back home after that visit, he admitted a tough decision loomed.

“We were pretty impressed with Nebraska’s football facilities," he said. "Everything about Lincoln was pretty cool."

He wants to go home and talk with Oregon State's new coach, Gary Andersen, then give it a couple days.

"Me and my parents want to take a deep breath and really discuss the situation ... but we're definitely considering Nebraska."

Snyder was one of four recruits who officially visited Lincoln, as Riley and his shorthanded staff are now playing the role of aggressors after spending much of the week trying to keep what this Nebraska class already has stocked.

NU also had visits from four-star offensive lineman Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Oklahoma), and linebackers Nick Thomas (IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida) and Adrienne Talan (Pembroke Pines, Florida), who also was formerly committed to Riley at Oregon State.

The Huskers did not gain a known commitment during the visits, but it appears they made a lot of hay, too.

Thomas, an early enrollee who is re-evaluating his commitment to Wisconsin after a coaching change there, grew up in Concordia, Kansas, and attended Nebraska games as a kid.

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He told HuskersIllustrated.com one of the selling points at Nebraska is the possibility of coming in and being an immediate help as a freshman.

“That’s a big thing I was looking for in schools and I’d get that at either Nebraska or Wisconsin,” he told the site. “Nebraska definitely emphasized that."

As for the big man Barnett? The 6-4, 290-pound O-lineman apparently almost pulled the trigger on a commitment on his visit, according to his coach.

"Nebraska is really in the mix for Jalin now," his high school coach, Randy Breeze, told BigRedReport.com. "He is close to committing. I think that he just needs to come home and think about things."

The Huskers seem to be well positioned with Talan as well. The linebacker committed to Oregon State just about a month ago.

"When (Riley left Oregon State) I was like, 'Oh, my gosh,'" Talan told HuskerOnline.com. "People told me, though, that Coach Riley was 'Good peoples. He did what he said he would do. He looked out for me and took care of his kids and that's what he did. He called me as soon as he got the job and I was one of the few he brought over. I feel real fortunate."

Nebraska coaches are also hoping to land another linebacker Monday morning when Dedrick Young of Centennial High School in Peoria, Arizona, announces his college of choice. Young was in Lincoln when Nebraska played Illinois and new Husker linebackers coach Trent Bray visited him Saturday.

When it comes to Snyder, he likes how Riley uses tight ends in his offense. He also likes that Riley said he'd give his full support for whatever the recruit decides.

He felt Riley and Read both did a good job selling the mania surrounding the Huskers.

"They both have enjoyed the change so far, and say the fans are crazy about Nebraska football," Snyder said.

But after a whirlwind week of staff shakeups, sometimes it's best to slow down for a few days.

Clear your head, then make a call.

"I don't want to just jump to a decision," Snyder said. "Wherever I go, I want to be for sure I like it and I know I made the right decision."

​Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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