The Nebraska coaching staff makes no bones about the fact that it covets speed, speed and more speed.

The Huskers added more of it Friday night with the verbal commitment of Jamie Nance.

The three-star receiver from Blanchard, Oklahoma, gave his pledge via Twitter, ending a recruitment that included an unofficial visit last week.

“A big thank you to my mom for all she does for me, and my sisters! I also want to thank all of my family and friends for being there for me through this recruiting process. For pushing me and making me a better person. And to my coaches, from little league to now,” Nance wrote.

Starting next year, his coaches will include Scott Frost and wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator Troy Walters. And they are getting a player who’s demonstrated that he’s one of the fastest in the region.

Nance ran in the 10.5-second range in the 100 meters, and in April ran :21.62 in the 200 at the OSSAA Class 4A regional.

As a junior at Blanchard High, Nance was a dynamic player in the receiving game and the run game. He racked up 673 receiving yards on just 35 catches in 13 games, more than 19 yards per catch, and scored six times. He added 174 rushing yards (7.6 per attempt) and three more scores on the ground.

Nance is already a multiyear contributor to his high school team, with 71 catches, 1,341 yards and 12 scores to his name over the past two seasons. With a big senior season, he could see his stock in the eyes of the recruiting services continue to rise.

He is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and the 247Sports composite. The composite ranking lists him as the No. 548 player overall in the class, the No. 48 athlete and the No. 8 player in Oklahoma.

Nance, though, is just what the Husker staff looks for when evaluating high school playmakers. His recruitment outstrips his rankings, as he announced a top six on Thursday that included Notre Dame, Mississippi State, TCU, Ole Miss, Missouri and Baylor in addition to the Huskers.

Nance is also the second addition to the 2019 class from Oklahoma, joining Tulsa running back Thomas Grayson (Booker T. Washington High). That makes Oklahoma the first state besides Nebraska with multiple verbal commitments to NU in 2019.

NU's 2019 class now ranks No. 36 in the nation and No. 10 in the Big Ten according to 247Sports.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Matthew Anderson OT 6-7 250 Leesville, La. ***
Brant Banks DL 6-8 285 Houston (Westbury Christian) ***
Bryce Benhart OT 6-9 305 Lakeville, Minn. (North) ****
Desmond Bland OL 6-4 300 Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.) ****
Darien Chase WR 6-1 175 Vancouver, Wash. (Union) ****
Myles Farmer DB 6-3 180 Atlanta (Westlake) ***
Jimmy Fritzsche OL 6-7 250 Greenville, S.C. ***
Jamin Graham OLB 6-6 240 Attalla, Ala. (Etowah) ***
Jackson Hannah ILB 6-3 220 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) ****
Nick Henrich ILB 6-4 210 Omaha (Burke) ****
Chris Hickman TE 6-5 220 Omaha (Burke) ***
Rahmir Johnson RB 5-10 170 Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) ****
Michael Lynn OT 6-7 300 Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek) ***
Luke McCaffrey QB 6-3 185 Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian) ***
Dedrick Mills RB 5-10 227 Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Jamie Nance WR 6-0 170 Blanchard, Okla. ***
Garrett Nelson OLB 6-3 235 Scottsbluff ***
Mosai Newsom DE 6-5 260 Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock) ***
Quinton Newsome DB 6-2 180 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) ***
Ethan Piper DL 6-4 275 Norfolk (Catholic) ***
Ty Robinson DE 6-6 285 Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley) ****
Wandale Robinson RB 5-9 180 Frankfort, Ky. (Western Hills) ****
Garrett Snodgrass ATH 6-3 225 York ***
Ronald Thompkins RB 6-0 203 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) ***
Javin Wright DB 6-3 195 Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton) ***

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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